Royal Wedding Diary

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

Leaks and blushes for the royal family

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Royals6.jpgIt was not the ideal week for the royal family as it gears up for the big wedding on April 29.

While media coverage of the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton has been gushing generally, there was embarrassment by association this week as the newspapers laid into William’s uncle Prince Andrew for his friendship with New York financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was jailed in 2008 for child sex offences.

His alleged links to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam and the son of Tunisia’s ousted president, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, also have come under media scrutiny and led to calls for Andrew to lose his voluntary position as a special representative for a government body promoting British businesses abroad, a role he has held since 2001.

I would hazard a guess that Her Majesty the Queen is far from happy about the revelations and press coverage, which underline the ongoing tensions between the monarchy and the media, however willing newspapers and broadcasters appear to be to embrace the young royal couple and the big wedding day.

from Photographers' Blog:

Flip, flip, hooray!

Prince William and Kate Middleton completed the final leg of their pre-wedding warm up tour of the United Kingdom by flying into Northern Ireland and carrying out a day of engagements in and around Belfast.

Britain's Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton, applaud as they watch a play at the Youth Action Northern Ireland Centre, in Belfast, Northern Ireland March 8, 2011.  REUTERS/Phil Noble

Earlier visits to England, Wales and Scotland by the couple meant a trip across the Irish Sea was inevitable before the big day, but the region's troubled past and heightened security level meant the royal whistle stop tour was unveiled to the press with much less notice than the earlier visits.

from Fan Fare:

What’s wrong with a royal knees up?

BRITAIN-WILLIAM/I'm looking forward to the April 29th wedding of Prince William to his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton as a chance to celebrate some of the good things about Britain.

People on my street and the street next to it are considering clubbing together for a street party on one or the other, my seven-year-old is learning a little bit about the political make-up of the country where he was born and a Friday off work in spring in a country that's pretty miserly with the public holidays can't be too bad of a thing.

from Photographers' Blog:

A date with Kate

It's the wedding of the year, well unless you believe all the hype in which case its the wedding of the decade, if not the millennium!

Kate Middleton, the fiancee to Britain's Prince William, smiles during a Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RLNI) new Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, the 'Hereford Endeavour', at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station, in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey in north Wales February 24, 2011.  Prince William and bride-to-be Kate Middleton performed their first official engagement as a couple on Thursday, giving them an early taste of the life in the spotlight that awaits them.      REUTERS/Phil Noble

Whatever you believe, the rapidly approaching marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton is going to be huge. The global interest in the British royal family, and the two young princes in particular, is massive, although not quite at the dizzying heights of Diana and Fergie in the 80's yet. But I'd be willing to wager it will be a close run thing by the end of the year, especially if yesterday was any indication.

Royal “guess” list sets tongues wagging

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Royals2.jpgFor royal wedding guest list, read guess list.

Palace officials refuse to say exactly who has been invited to the big occasion on April 29, but that has not prevented royal pundits from filling their alloted column inches with creative conjecture, and then another army of commentators pitching in with what they think about those believed to be attending.

If you want to be on-message, then the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton are not about celebrity, but more a reflection of a surprisingly ordinary young couple. Well, if it is normal, that is, to count among your friends the likes of David and Victoria Beckham, who are expected to attend.

from Fan Fare:

May one moan about the royal wedding?

Royals1.jpgI may be in Berlin covering the film festival, but I'm keeping half an eye on the press coverage of the royal wedding. Needless to say there is an awful lot of it, and some of the stories appear to be as much fiction as fact, if not more so. The tone is almost entirely positive, with commentators glowing about the young royal couple, her style, his grace, how good it all is for the country, economy, morale, soul -- oh you get the gist.

Now there is not necessarily anything wrong with being positive -- after all, we are talking about a couple of 20-somethings about to embark on a big adventure (marriage) and we should wish them well.