Royal Wedding Diary

News and views on the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

from UK News:

Ignore the data, Royal Wedding and sunshine give Britain Plc a Q2 kickstart

A lot of the economic data in recent days has made for pretty grim reading, reinforcing expectations that interest rates will remain at record lows for some months yet.

But a string of bullish updates from British retailers and manufacturers suggest that the second quarter could have got off to a flying start, with fine weather, the Easter holiday and the Royal Wedding all improving the national mood.

Anybody who ignores such signals from within the real economy does so at their peril. In January the pound tumbled when it emerged that the British economy had suffered a shock contraction in the final three months of 2010. The market was caught off guard again a month later when revisions painted an even bleaker picture.

Those of us who had been following closely the steady stream of profit warnings from UK retailers, travel groups and builders were not quite so surprised, particularly as we churned out long lists of companies hit by December's big freeze and predicted a looming standstill in the construction industry.

from Photographers' Blog:

The Royal couple say “I will” and I won’t (…be photographed)

The dust settles in London as scaffolding, media platforms and gantries are dismantled and the world’s news organizations pack up and leave town. Their job complete with hundreds of news programs run, and countless special supplements and newspaper and magazine fronts globally filled with memorable photographs from the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29th.

I was one of the Reuters photographers assigned to an official spot and ringside view: outside of Westminster Abbey as the happy couple emerged immediately after the actual ceremony. Light cloud gave good even light and an unfettered view meant after months of team preparation and logistical headaches, me and my colleagues/rivals in our spot got the right frames transmitted in speedy time for that part of the day and the Palace got the images of record they wanted.

from Photographers' Blog:

The view from inside the Abbey

There were probably more than a billion people who would’ve loved to have been inside Westminster Abbey to see Prince William marry Kate Middleton and to soak up the glamor of what was, for a day, the world’s biggest news story.

I was lucky enough to be assigned a position inside the abbey, but though I got to witness the spectacle through a camera lens, my experience was less about pomp and pageantry and more about perils and pratfalls.

from Photographers' Blog:

Completing the Royal puzzle

As dawn broke over Westminster Abbey on Friday, myself and the other Reuters photographers were already on our way to our positions for the big day. With no donkey in sight, it already felt like we had done a days work by the time we got there.

Those of us with fixed positions on media gantries could access them from 6am which seems plenty of time for an 11 am start. But with the abbey doors opening from just after 8am and the guests starting to arrive shortly after it didn't allow for much time for us to set up all the equipment and ensure our various editors around the world could see our pictures.

I was at the wedding


I was at the wedding. It’s only slowly beginning to sink in. I was at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the wedding a million people flocked to central London to see, and millions more across the globe tuned in to watch on television.

And I was there. In Westminster Abbey. As one of Kate’s family said to me as we queued for the loos in a big guestly jumble: “The word surreal doesn’t begin to describe it.”

from Photographers' Blog:

Final preparations for the big day

The guest list was finalized weeks ago and the invitations sent out. For the lucky ones their presence was requested, nobody refused.

There was no fancily decorated envelope from the lord chancellors office landing on our doormat, but an email from the UK chief photographer asking you to be part of the Reuters team to shoot William and Kate's wedding is an invitation you don't turn down.

from Breakingviews:

Britain’s royal family is an affordable indulgence

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

By Robert Cole

Britain's royal family is an affordable indulgence. If taxpayers stopped funding the clan destined to be led by William Windsor and Catherine Middleton, they would escape a 1.14 billion pound liability. For some, this is a burden the cash-strapped state could do without. In fact, it is a national treasure.

A royally strange engagement


I spent Monday shopping for a hat. That might not seem so unusual to some people. After all, it was a public holiday, and plenty of people were indulging in a bit of retail therapy. Plus, it’s been unusually hot in Britain for the past few weeks: so a hat would not be such an odd thing to buy. Only this was not a sun hat. It was a hat for work.

And that is strange.

I am a journalist. These days, we are rarely required to wear hats. Helmets perhaps in war zones, but they are not really a requirement in central London. And gone are the days when journalists all sported trilbies with press cards tucked into the hat band. No, this was a proper hat with feathers and netting because – and I still find this pretty hard to believe – I am going to the Royal Wedding. Not as a guest, obviously (I don’t mingle in those kinds of circles), but as a reporter, one of a few who will get to experience the ceremony first-hand. And such is the nature of this grand occasion that even the reporters have to wear hats.

from FaithWorld:

Archbishop of Canterbury praises “unpretentious” Kate and William

(Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton watch a demonstration by students, during their visit to the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA), in Darwen, northern England April 11, 2011. A large crowd of well-wishers braved a downpour in northern England on Monday to cheer Prince William and Kate Middleton as they took part in their final official engagement before their wedding. REUTERS/Adrian Dennis)

(Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton in Darwen, northern England April 11, 2011/Adrian Dennis)

The Archbishop of Canterbury, who will marry Prince William and Kate Middleton next week, said on Thursday he had been struck by their wedding preparations, describing the couple as courageous and unpretentious. Rowan Williams, spiritual head of the Church of England, praised the couple's "simplicity" and the way they had dealt with the build-up to next Friday's wedding, which is set to be watched by an estimated two billion people worldwide.

from UK News:

A very modern fairytale – watched by billions and streamed live on the internet

In the fairy stories I read my two children, there are a lot of princesses and princes. There are princesses in towers, princesses forced to sleep on piles of mattresses with peas shoved underneath, princesses who sleep for a hundred years, and princesses forced to eat poison apples.

Handsome princes and wicked stepmothers feature largely. As do dragons, fairies and other mythical creatures. Obviously there's an audience to the happy couple's progress to the altar - mostly myself (less enthusiastic) and my daughters (extremely enthusiastic despite my best efforts), but it's a fairly private affair. I've yet to read a fairy story that features a prince, princess and a two billion audience Royals10for their nuptials.