Prince William and Kate Middleton will tie the knot at Westminster Abbey on Friday, April 29, 2011. If one discounts Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles’ marriage five years ago, this would be the first "prop’ah" royal wedding in nearly 30 years. The last, of course, was the "fairy tale" Charles-Diana wedding.
William finally popped the question during a vacation in Kenya last month. The engagement ring is one which belonged to his mother, Princess Diana, a sapphire and diamond affair. Ms. Middleton’s patience has won out after eight years of dating; eight years which have apparently earned her the nickname "Katey Waitey".
Plans for the wedding will take into the account this difficult economic period as the Royal Family is reported to be inclined to keep things low key. The BBC had said that unlike the lavish wedding of Charles and Diana, this wedding would be suitable and appropriate for the times. Anti-monarchy groups have said the taxpayer should not have to pay for this.
Next year’s date has now been declared a bank holiday. However, while everyone celebrates the idea of an extra day away from the salt mine, economists are adding up the tab to determine just what the true cost of an extra banking holiday will mean.
Pundits have estimated the cost of the wedding at 10 to 15 million pounds by comparing things like security to the recent visit by the Pope; the Royal Family and the Middleton’s will pick up 10 million for the wedding itself while the state will take care of policing and security. However the true cost of the event is handing over a holiday to all the employees across the country. This will add up to billions. Of course, tourism brings back into the economy some of what is lost by people not working but the final tally is not known at this time and the question is whether or not England as a whole will come out ahead or whether it will end up being a wash.
A British bishop has been suspended from public ministry until further notice over comments made about Prince William’s upcoming wedding. Newspapers picked up the comments of Bishop Pete Broadbent made on Facebook and Twitter in which he gave the marriage about seven years and said he plans on being out of the country on the wedding day. Bishop of London Richard Chartres said he was appalled by Bishop Broadbent’s comments, told him to step down and expressed his dismay on behalf of the Church of England to royal officials.
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