London: It seemed like recession-hit
gloomy Britain was dying for a feel-good story.
Britain`s news media worked itself into a frenzy as
soon as Clarence House yesterday announced the fairytale
wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, with one tabloid
leading with Prince Charles` wry humour: "They have been
practising long enough".
The royal news received blanket coverage across news
media, prompting senior journalists to recall the famous
remark of a ministerial aide in the Tony Blair government:
"This is a good day to bury bad news".
The paparazzi were out in full force, stalking every
nook and available angle to snap the photogenic couple.
Elsewhere, journalists and columnists were furiously
meeting deadlines to cover and comment on the first major
royal wedding event in 30 years.
It was as long ago as 1981 that the whole world was
hooked on to the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
That wedding did not go according to plan, and
comparisons are already being made between the pageantry that
marked that wedding and the one being planed for William and
Kate in 2011.
Kate has cleared emerged as the new media darling,
having been caught up in the improbable discourse of a royal
marrying a commoner.
BBC and other news channels devoted considerable time
last night to William and Kate, while some newspapers such as
The Telegraph suggested several mansions in north Wales that
the couple could buy and live happily ever after.
The Daily Mail announced that bookies have stopped
taking bets on July 8 being the wedding date after Buckingham
Palace `sources` revealed that July was a strong possibility.
Friends and family members of William and Kate
suddenly find themselves in media limelight, with journalists
seeking every trivia about the two, from their days together
at the University of St Andrews where they transformed from
students to sweethearts to their holidays together in Kenya.
During their first appearance before the news media
yesterday after the announcement, the flashbulbs would just
not stop, making it difficult at least for Kate to retain
her composure in the glaring exposure. The two also sat
through lengthy television interviews.
But the news did not enthuse many across Britain,
particularly those at the wrong end of the recession stick.
Many who lost their jobs sighed at the prospect of the
taxpayer meeting the millions-pound cost of the royal wedding
amidst recession and funding cuts.
One Steve wrote in to the BBC: "Hope they have a nice
wedding. No doubt we will be picking up the tab?any chance of
a day off.
Jack Napier, another BBC viewer, wrote: "Who`s paying.
Bride`s father is it? Oh no, that`s right it`s us. Paying a
large chunk of the wedding of two millionaires. If we had a
choice I`d tell them to kiss my republican donkey".
Another viewer wrote: "People actually think that this
is news? What pathetically deferential, sad, servile serfs
they are. Isn`t it time we dumped this backward, archaic farce
into the dustbin of history where it truly belongs and became
a republic like every liberal democracy in the modern world?"