EITHER WAY, this royal wedding has triggered a debate about black British people.
TV networks, newspapers and magazines traveled to Brixton, Coventry and Nottingham—
parts of Britain with a historic black community—
to ask how different generations of black British people, with their own very different experiences of empire and identity,
feel about the state of the nation.
There is recognition too, in some cases for the first time,
that black Britain is a complex society with no single story or voice.
Even those who are skeptical about the institution of monarchy expressed an interest in this wedding;
on social media, thousands expressed their changing view of the tradition-bound royal family.
Making my beautiful mixed heritage family's shoulders stand a little taller, tweeted British lawmaker David Lammy.
"Against the odds a great new symbol of all that is still possible and hopeful in modern Britain."
This is not the first time there have been black people involved in or closely associated with the royals.
The Queen's equerry major, one of the most senior members of the royal household staff,
在此之前，女王就已经破天荒地任命一名黑人男子Nana Koi Twumasi-Ankrah，
is now for the first time a black man, Nana Koi Twumasi-Ankrah.
Other people of color have married into the aristocracy,
including the Viscountess of Weymouth, Emma Thynn, whose father is Nigerian.
And there are credible theories that at least one and possibly two previous English queens may have had African heritage.
But this is the first royal wedding in Britain where racial difference has played a visible role,
with a bride who has owned—rather than sought to downplay— her black heritage.
In his sermon, Curry directly referenced slavery,
addressing the fact that throughout history, love has transcended social boundaries.
"We must discover love, the redemptive power of love,"
Curry said, returning once more to the words of Martin Luther King Jr.
"When we do that, we will make of this old world a new world."
And at the seat of the British establishment on May 19,
Markle seemed more than ready to bring the monarchy into a new era.