Royal Roundup: The Big Day Arrives at Last

The Sarah "I'm Not Doing It" Burton dress that Kate Middleton wore this morning.

So the dress was by Sarah Burton, after all. If you look back over all the speculation about this momentous piece of news, the obvious takeaway is: Don’t believe everything you read.

Example number one:

“I’m not doing it. It’s just a stupid story. Next week it will be someone else – Bruce Oldfield, Stella McCartney. It’s silly.”
— Sarah Burton, quoted in The Guardian, March 9, 2011, when she was asked whether she was the wedding dress designer.

Example number two:

“I’ve reported many exclusive details on the royal wedding, but the biggest scoop is undoubtedly the identity of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress designer…I can reveal that Sophie Cranston of the Libélula label is said to have won the coveted commission to make Catherine’s wedding dress.”
— Yvonne Yorke , writing in The Huffington Post, April 16, 2011.

Quotes of the Day

“I am indebted to Pam at Moss Bros. on Fenchurch Street.”
— London Mayor Boris Johnson on his morning suit on the BBC.

Prince William’s outfit is very red. ‘Might Kate think she’s marrying a postbox,?’ asks the Evening Standard’s Lucy Tobin.”
— Cited on The Independent’s live blog.

“‘In a sense, every wedding is a royal wedding,’ claims Dr. Chartres. Not sure about that one…”
— Poster on The Independent’s live blog.

Pippa has the Bridal Emergency kit as the Maid of Honor, with all the essentials – lip gloss, wet wipes, boiled sweets in case her mouth gets dry.”
— Report on The Independent’s live blog.

“We’re supposed to have just a small family affair,”
— Prince William to Michael Middleton at the altar, according to report of a “lipreader” cited on The Independent’s live blog.

Prime Minister’s Gift

Even by British standards, the Island of Anglesey, where Ka – excuse me, the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge, will make their home, is notorious for its foul weather. Nor is it known for its scenery. But that didn’t stop UK Prime Minister David Cameron. His gift to the newlyweds? Two volumes of Anglesey photo books. “I thought that would be a happy memory for him while he’s here, but also after he’s moved on to other things. So I hope it’s an appropriate present,” Cameron told BBC News.

Windsor, Inc.

Today’s Wall Street Journal has a penetrating look at the royal family. It shows that, like any business, the royals have done some strategic planning. The Journal reports that from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s there were twice-a-year meetings of the “Way Ahead Group.” Members of the group included royal family members and senior advisers, according to Frank Prochashka, a monarchy expert at Oxford. The group, the Journal reports, discussed everything from “palace policy” to “schedule coordination.” In fact, the Windsors even engaged in market research. “At the top of your mind is reputation and how you manage and maintain the reputation of the institution. You have to take a long-time view,” said Simon Lewis, who was press adviser to the Queen from 1998 to 2000.

Long Day’s Journey as a Knight

Knight-errant Colin Bickers

Here’s why there’ll always be an England, and rest of us will remain fascinated. Colin Bickers, 32, was sitting in his local pub when he made a bet. He vowed he could walk the 60 miles to London wearing a 70.5-lb suit of armor and arrive in time for the royal wedding. Not only did Bickers arrive on Thursday, he raised £3,000 ($5,000) for charity. “Lots and lots of cars have been tooting their horns and shouting encouragement,” Bickers told BBC News. “It’s been really exciting — almost enough to overcome the pain in my feet.”