Royal Wedding Madness! A Report from England
One Betty writes from London, where people are literally placing bets about what designer the princess-to-be will wear on her wedding day.
-Kathryn H. Cusimano
Greetings from jolly England! As you may have heard, Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton earlier this month. I’m currently living in London, but I still keep up with American media of course, so I’ve noticed that this is a big deal on both sides of the Atlantic. Of course, people here in England have a greater stake in this much-anticipated wedding. So how do Britons feel about the Prince’s upcoming nuptials?
The reaction to the engagement is a healthy mix of hot and cold. The British press is overjoyed at the prospect of a royal wedding, but poor Kate Middleton has had some nasty headlines to deal with. After being called “Waity Katie” through the years she spent as the Prince’s patient, on-again off-again girlfriend, Middleton now has to put up with the constant reminders that she is not William’s kind – meaning, she’s a “commoner.”
The idea of a commoner marrying into royalty is, of course, the basis of an old fairy tale, but British journalists seem to think the royals aren’t too fond of this story. And maybe they’re right! But I imagine it stings Kate – and maybe even William – to constantly read about the alleged royal protocol drama, like who will and will not curtsey to Kate. Add to that stories mocking the source of her family’s hard-earned fortune (cheap party supplies), and in some ways, it must be tough to be Kate.
To top it all off, there are plenty of Brits who aren’t pleased about this wedding. Comments and messages left on newspaper web sites and read aloud on British news programs reveal that while many are looking forward to it, just as many are peeved about the anticipated expense of this royal affair (taxpayers will end up covering the costs of security for the big day). Perhaps the royals chose April 29 as their wedding date to appease the grumpy public – their Friday wedding will fall between Easter weekend and the first bank holiday in May, giving most Britons their own wedding breaks. Taxpayers can’t stay angry for very long!