Royal Roundup: Couple Makes Last Official Pre-wedding Outing

Kate smiled through the rain yesterday (April 11) as she and William made their final official public appearance before the wedding. They visited a school and a park. The school teaches entrepreneurship, and Kate paid careful attention to a wedding dress designed by a student. Asked by one of the crowd if she was nervous, Kate replied, “Of course I am!” The Daily Mail reported. BBC News has photos and video.

In other royal-related news:

• Prime Minister David Cameron has bravely offered his opinion on wedding street parties. He’s for them. Cameron is upset that local councils, “pen pushers and busy bodies” as he describes them, are imposing needless bureaucracy on street party organizers. “Samantha [Cameron's wife] and I will be holding one in Downing Street and bringing together local people and charities,” Cameron said, according to BBC News. “My message to everyone who wants to have a street party is: I’m having one and I want you to go ahead and have one too.” At least three members of Cameron’s cabinet have urged councils to approve street party applications. “So go on – bring out the bunting and let’s make this a day to remember. For everyone,” Cameron said.

• Does everyone include members of Republic, an anti-monarchy group? Their application to close a street in Covent Garden has been rejected by the Camden Council. Republic contends the rebuff is due to the group’s beliefs. “We can only assume this is a politically motivated ban and we will challenge it all the way,” the Republic’s Graham Smith told the Guardian. Are the members of the Camden Council, in Cameron’s words, “pen pushers and busy bodies?” Here’s what a Council spokeswoman said: “We asked them to come to us with a management plan after consulting local residents and they did not do so. There were objections from local residents and businesses and significant concerns from the police about the potential for disorder. We have allowed other street parties.”

• A high-profile event such as the royal wedding is sure raise the subject of “royal reform.” Reform does not mean eliminating the royals altogether. Instead, it contemplates questions such as whether the monarch should be head of state of the 54 nations of the British Commonwealth. Or the right of male-preferred primogeniture, which means a female can inherit the crown only if she has no living brothers or deceased brothers without male heirs. Five European monarchies have already eliminated male primogeniture: Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Mary Riddell believes some of these changes – which must be raised by the Prime Minister first – have support from the Queen herself: “Her advisers have told observers, me included, that the Queen favors the necessary constitutional changes that most citizens endorse. Her Majesty, forbidden by protocol from bringing any influence to bear on the executive, finds herself in the curious position of being more radical and liberal than her government of liberal radicals.”

Neighbours is a long-running Australian soap opera that also airs in the UK. The Press Association reports that a scene to mark the royal wedding has been specially added to the UK version of the show. The character Kate Ramsay, a teacher trainee, enters Charlie’s Bar in Erinsborough, the show’s fictional locale, a suburb near Melbourne. Ramsay, who wants to watch the royal wedding, argues with another character, Lucas Fitzgerald, who prefers to watch soccer. No word on who wins dispute. Seeing as it will be 8 p.m. in Melbourne when the ceremony begins, such a contest is not beyond the realm of possibility.