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Friday, April 29, 2011

The Royal Wedding

I, more than likely, will not be able to post as I wish, due to my live-commenting commitments at other sites. But let me get the ball started on Sundries for the Royal Wedding of Prince William of Wales (will he be created a Duke today or soon?) and Miss Catherine Elizabeth Middleton of the Home Counties.

I'm watching the BBC coverage, and it might interest you Americans to know who are the journalist equivalents of Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer, who will be covering the wedding via NBC.

Huw Edwards is the long-time news presenter of both the morning shows and News at 10 O'Clock. His Welsh accent is warm, instantly relaxing the viewer. I do miss him.

This is Sophie Raworth, the head afternoon newsreader of the BBC. She came after my time in the UK, but she seems to have been given plumb duties at the Abbey.

Is the Royal Wedding garnering the same kind of intense enthusiasm that Prince Williams' parents wedding did thirty years ago? No.

Look at Hyde Park. In 1981, you couldn't MOVE in London because of the dense crowds. Hyde Park was packed to the gills. Not so much this morning. Just look at those gaps! I don't even recognise the park.

But look how the Prince and Princess of Wales' marriage turned out. If this low turnout is a harbinger of anything, it's that this couple will be given far more breathing room to live. That can only be a good thing.

First guests have arrived.

Everyone looks excellent in their morning suits and hats, just as expected. And whoever could be that dishy chap behind the RAF officer? In another shot, you can see Douglas Hurd behind him, so perhaps a son.

More later. Hopefully!


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