Paparazzi go into a tizzy over William-Kate wedding
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 18:34
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?"


First Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 18:34

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