Royal Wedding Diary
News and views on the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton
Will 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.
It 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.