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Royal Roundup: Lego Makes Sure Kate & William are a Model Couple
The UK’s Legoland has created a royal wedding tribute. Brick by tiny brick the theme park has assembled a wedding scene complete with William in uniform and Kate in her wedding dress, The Daily Mail reports. They are seen nearly kissing at the Buckingham Palace gates. The Welsh Guards, Sir Elton John, a pregnant Victoria Beckham, and even one of the Queen’s beloved Corgis look on. Through Lego magic, the newlyweds are shown again in the Buckingham Palace balcony, along with the Queen, Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, Prince Harry, and Carole Middleton.
In other royal-related news:
• It was previously reported that Kate is distantly related to Ellen DeGeneres. Genealogists have been hard at work uncovering Kate’s other American relatives, according to The Press Association. She is an eighth cousin seven times removed of George Washington. Other notable relations include Francis Scott Key, Meriwether Lewis, and George Patton. Geneticists are probably unconcerned that Kate is the 14th cousin once removed of Prince William. The link to DeGeneres can be traced to Sir Thomas Fairfax, who died in 1521, and his wife, Agnes Gascoigne.
• There may be fewer street parties celebrating the royal nuptials than originally expected. A survey by Republic, an anti-royalist group, finds that almost one-third of local authorities have not received any street party applications, BBC News reports. The county with the most applications is Kent, with 60. What may be discouraging potential party-throwers is a complex application process in many locales, including proof of liability insurance. In fact, it appears that even No. 10 Downing St., the residence of British Prime Minister David Cameron, has become ensnared in the process. A spokeswoman for the Westminster Council, the local authority that governs Downing St., tells The Press Association that they’ve received an application from No. 10, but no action has been taken.
• The late Princess Diana was so concerned that her wedding dress remain a secret until the big day that she had a second version of the dress in case the design of the first leaked. “At the time we wanted to make absolutely sure that the dress was a surprise,” designer Elizabeth Emanuel told gather.com. “Had the secret of the real dress got out it’s possible that Diana would actually have worn [the second] one.” But the secret held, and Diana did not even try on the substitute. Since Kate has adopted a similar omerta policy, it’s entirely possible a second dress is standing by. Incidentally, Diana’s wedding dress is on display in Kansas City, Missouri until June 12.
• Quick, what’s the URL for Kate and William’s website? If you said something like www.thebritishroyalwedding2011.com, someone on eBay wants to talk to you. That domain has been registered, and is for sale on eBay UK for the asking price of £25,000 ($40,000), according to Siliconrepublic. The seller says the listing is “very similar” to the official domain of www.officialroyalwedding2011.org. “This means that the potential amount of Internet traffic that this domain name could receive is incredible,” the seller writes, seemingly unconcerned that the “dot com” suffix is a dead giveaway. But the seller, who remains anonymous, is not a complete mercenary. The seller says 20 percent of the final price will be donated to Down Syndrome International, a non-profit “committed to ensuring quality of life and human rights for all people with Down syndrome.”
• Poor Kate. The wedding is now just a memory. She’s stuck on the isle of Anglesey, and all William can talk about is flying helicopters. She still loves him, of course. If there were only someplace she could go for guidance. Fortunately, Yahoo has created a “Royal Wedding Guestbook” where people can leave advice for the royal couple. Of course, celebrities such as Jane Lynch and Giuliana and Bill Rancic are included among the unknowns. Among the more unusual tips: “Stay away from the press and paparazzi!”