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Wedding’s Over, but Task of Charting Monarchy’s Future Lies Ahead

Weddings are about the future. So it’s worth contemplating what Kate and William face in the short-term and in the long-term. It must be said at the outset that these sorts of forecasts, in retrospect, make their authors seem like idiots. This rule is especially true when an American writes about a British institution. For […]

Royal Roundup: The Big Day Arrives at Last

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 […]

Royal Roundup: Program and Music Posted on Official Wedding Site

The official royal wedding website has posted the wedding program and order of service. The 28-page booklet starts with William’s coat of arms on the front cover and closes with Kate’s on the back cover. Inside are details on the music, hymns and prayers that will be used during the ceremony. Also included is a […]

Royal Roundup: Four Tons of Foliage Delivered to Westminster Abbey

It appears Kate wants to turn Westminster Abbey into a version of Sherwood Forest. Although it was expected the Abbey would have some floral decoration, many were surprised when more than four tons of foliage was delivered yesterday (April 26). According to The Daily Mail, it took four workers using a forklift over 30 minutes to […]

The Tellyvangelist – Royal Wedding Edition: April 25 – 29

This week, royal wedding-philes have a choice: skip work or give their DVR’s a workout. It seems that every television network — with the possible exception of ESPN Classic — is devoting some programming to the royal nuptials. The criterion for inclusion on this list is that the show (with the exception of news) could […]

Royal Roundup: Official Wedding Site Has 96-Page Media Briefing

Want to amaze ’em at your royal party or at the office kitchen? Then head on over to the official royal website and download the 96(!)-page media briefing. It’s all there. The wedding schedule. The parade route. The members of the wedding party. The carriages. The military units. The horses. Best of all, a seating […]

Royal Roundup: In Wedding Vows, Kate Will Not ‘Obey’ William

Kate will not “obey” William. In their wedding vows, Kate will promise to “love, comfort, honor and keep” William, but will omit “obey.” The first royal bride to skip “obey” was the late Princess Diana, William’s mother, who dropped the word when she married Prince Charles in 1981. But “obey” was used in subsequent royal […]

Royal Roundup: William Reportedly Took Kate to Visit Diana’s Tomb

Kate and William paid an “emotional” visit to the tomb of Princess Diana, The Daily Mirror reports. William’s late mother is buried in a marble temple on a small island, known as “The Oval,” on the 14,000-acre estate of Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother and William’s uncle. “It was very important for William to take Kate […]

Royal Roundup: Paper Says Muslim Group Plans Wedding Disruptions

Events such as the royal wedding lure extremists of all kinds. In a rather fevered story, The Daily Mail reports that a small Muslim group “plans to hijack the royal wedding by burning effigies of Prince William and Kate Middleton.” A spokesman for the group, Muslims Against Crusades (MAC), adds, “We are expecting thousands of people […]

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