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A Royal Wedding – What Does it Mean for Us?

This morning it was announced that Prince William and Kate Middleton were to marry and as to be expected, the news is awash with speculation on where, when and more importantly who will be involved. Spring or Summer? Small or large? And who will design the dress?

The Prime Minister has been quoted as saying that Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement is “a great day for the country” so what does this very modern royal wedding mean for us citizens?

On a personal note, I’m actually feeling quite smug. As a newly engaged 28 year old and in a relationship that developed at Uni, I’ve endured the speculation as to whether my fiance would ‘ever’ propose and have found myself defending the gravitas of our relationship (pre-engagement) to many who should know better…so it’s angered me to see the tabloids dub Miss Middleton ‘Waity Katy’ when we live in such modern times and witness the breakdown of so many marriages…

And it’s also quite lovely to know we’ll be getting married in the year of the royal wedding, as it’s clear from today’s coverage that they’ll be lots of ‘wedding talk’ in the build up to Will and Kate’s big day…

But perhaps the most exciting part of this royal union, is what David Cameron referred to…the fact that it will be so good for the country. At a time when we are on our knees, battered and disillusioned there’s something hopeful in the news today and for the next nine months or so…

Of course, they’ll be those who will inevitabley cast shadow and doubt on this union and pass comment on the financial impact, but for me it’s all good. We have a Great British wedding industry that’s going to do very well from this happy news and tourism in the UK is sure to increase – and let’s not forget what a change it is to hear positive news headlines…

After all, take the royal aspect away from this impending marriage and here we have a young couple, in love and already enormously committed to each other, who are now ready to stand up in front of their family and friends…and the rest of the world(!) to take their vows. That’s got to give us all some hope eh?

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  • Albert Palmer November 16, 2010, 3:27 pm

    From someone else who is 28 and getting married next year I enjoyed your article!