I wasn't going to write about the royal wedding at all. Despite having lived in the U.K. for a couple of years, I find the monarchy interesting only as an example of the persistence of older traditions of European leadership. (Yes, I was a historian.)
But as a chronicler of things related to lesbian moms, I now feel obligated to note that Carol Ann Duffy, Britain's Poet Laureate, will be writing a poem for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. Duffy is a lesbian and a mother, although a few years ago, she told Jeanette Winterson (another great, out British writer), "I'm not a lesbian poet, whatever that is. If I am a lesbian icon and a role model, that's great, but if it is a word that is used to reduce me, then you have to ask why someone would want to reduce me? I never think about it. I don't care about it. I define myself as a poet and as a mother--that's all."
Part of the Poet Laureate's job is to compose poems for royal occasions, but Duffy told the BBC Woman's Hour in 2009 that she would only write for the occasions that inspired her, saying, "If I felt, in the event of a royal wedding, inspired to write about people coming together in marriage or civil partnership, I would just be grateful to have an idea for the poem. And if I didn't, I'd ignore it."