Royal Wedding Diary

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

Can cops stop royal wedding trouble?

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OUKTP-UK-BRITAIN-RIOT-CUNNINGWill Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big day be overshadowed by a minority of protesters smashing up central London and attacking police?

That’s the fear of ministers and senior officers after a few hundred anarchists broke off from a mass march by unions through central London at the weekend and smashed the front of shops, banks, and the exclusive Ritz hotel among others.

Instead of pictures of the happy couple waving to crowds as they ride in a carriage from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, the worry is hundreds of millions of global TV viewers will instead be treated to images of black-clad protesters scuffling with officers.

It wouldn’t be the first time that those angry with the government’s public spending cuts and tax rises have taken out their anger on the royal family.

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Parents cashing in on royal couple?

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Royals8.jpgThe parents of Prince William and Kate Middleton have not missed the marketing opportunity their children's upcoming royal wedding presents.

Middleton's family, which runs a party paraphernalia company called Party Pieces, has begun stocking regal trivia cards with crowns to scratch off and retailing at 3.99 pounds for a pack of 10. The cards, added to a range of products on offer for street parties -- expected to be held up and down the country on the day of the wedding -- have left the Middletons open to criticism that they are tastelessly cashing in on their daughter's marriage to the second in line to the throne.