The New Indian Bride is completely swept up in the Royal Wedding frenzy! I will be among the estimated two billion people glued to my television set watching non-stop coverage as Prince William and Kate Middleton marry in what is bound to be an epic royal affair. What will she wear? Who is the designer? How will he look? Who are the guests? Will there be any mention of Princess Diana? Will the Queen get down and boogie?
As we celebrate (in my case, obsess over) the royal wedding, I can’t help but fantasize about the next royal wedding. I envision a day when Prince Harry chooses to marry an Indian Bride. That’s right. I am daydreaming about Prince Harry becoming Prince Harrinder as he pledges to spend the rest of his life with a British born beauty of Indian decent. Before you gasp and say to yourselves “This could never happen!” just close your eyes and see what I see. A shenai plays softly in the background as Prince Harrinder and his desi Bride emerge on the balcony of a marigold drapped Buckingham Palace, peacocks flown in from all over the world roam freely on the Palace grounds, the Bride’s perfectly exquisite lengha will be beyond anything we have ever seen before and the jewels will be from the Queens personal collection, including a tiara to add that perfect blend of British royal elegance to the otherwise Indian affair. As the new Bride waves to her subjects, we will see her intricate Mehndi and her Punjabi Churra. We will see Prince Harry, oh I mean Harrinder, looking adoringly at his New Indian Bride dressed in an exquisite Sherwani (made by one of India’s top designers, of course) worthy of the most stately of Maharajas.
As the evening reception begins at Buckingham Palace, the guests begin to arrive. The guest list will include dignitaries from both India and England, royal families from around the world and of course the celebrity friends of the couple. The Prince of Denmark will talk polo with the Maharaja of Patalia, Elton John will be sipping martinis with Shilpa Shetty and Shah Rukh Khan. Guy Richie will be hanging out with Karan Johar. David Beckham and Yuvraj Singh will be chatting sports while munching on duck curry pate.
Live music from British and Indian musicians will fill the Palace halls from Ravi Shankar, Malkit Singh (he is a member of the Order of the British Empire after all!), and to keep things peaceful with the Pakistanis, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is invited to perform as well.
The only question that remains is whether the Queen will show off her bhangra moves.