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Articles from April 29, 2011

After the Happily Ever after; Richard Godwin, Who Also Married His University Girlfriend, on Why This Fellow Generation Y Couple Have a Better Chance of Making Their Marriage Last Than the Royal Couples Who Have Gone before Them
Byline: Richard Godwin, READER, she married him. So what happens after today's fairytale ending? It is fair to presume that this happy-ever-after will not involve what it would do for many members of Kate's class: moving into a beige two-bed flat...
At the Altar, William Turned to Kate and Said: You Look Beautiful
Byline: Chris Blackhurst AT last we saw her. Entering at the Great West Door, accompanied by her father Michael on the green marble stone of the memorial to Winston Churchill, Kate Middleton began the final part of her incredible journey from middleclass...
Big Hats, Bigger Heels and Beckham in Morning Suit with Crocodile Braces
Byline: Laura Craik Fashion Editor IT was the best-dressed congregation Westminster Abbey had ever seen. And it was also the most fashionforward. The first shock was the hats. For every frond-strewn fascinator there was a wide-brimmed hat that...
Big Hats, Bigger Heels and Beckham in Morning Suit with Crocodile Braces
Byline: Laura Craik Fashion Editor IT was the best-dressed congregation Westminster Abbey had ever seen. And it was also the most fashionforward. The first shock was the hats. For every frond-strewn fascinator there was a wide-brimmed hat that...
Both Matriarchs Look Regal as the Houses of Windsor and Middleton Are Finally United
Byline: Joe Murphy AS THE families of Windsor and Middleton were united, it was hard to say which of the two powerful matriarchs in Westminster Abbey looked more regal. Carole Middleton, mother of the bride and powerhouse behind the rise of the...
Bridal Gowns and Union Jack Shorts as Fans Camp on Streets
Byline: Shekhar Bhatia and Miranda Bryant WE HAVEN'T had a wink of sleep, we've been here for two days," said 16-year-old Molly Thorne, from Bedford, who wore a [pounds sterling]30 wedding dress from a charity shop bearing the words: "It should...
Broadcasters Do Us Proud with a Mix of Populism and Pomp; REVIEW
Byline: NICK CURTIS IT WAS impossible not to be affected by the uniquely British tone of today's occasion as the world's media watched. As dawn broke on the 5,000 early arrivals stirring under their Union Jack sleeping bags on The Mall, TV stations...
Celebrations Whatever the Hour as Globe Gets in on the Act
Byline: Anna Davis and Mark Prigg WEDDING fever reached every corner of the globe today as Britishthemed parties kicked off. In Australia revellers took advantage of the time difference to celebrate well into the night, with live coverage of...
Dress Sense; KATE MIDDLETON HAS CHOSEN A DISTINCTIVE DESIGN FOR TODAY'S CEREMONY, SO HOW DOES IT COMPARE WITH ROYAL GOWNS OF THE PAST 40 YEARS, ASKS OUR FASHION EDITOR LAURA CRAIK
Byline: Laura Craik 1 Princess anne 1973 In the Seventies there was a vogue for long-sleeved, high-necked wedding dresses that purists can only weep about, so far have we come from this aesthetic. How lovely it was that Princess Anne designed...
Flowers, Photos and Canapes. the Helpers Playing Key Roles
Byline: Miranda Bryant KEY WEDDING ORGANISERS Helen Asprey Wedding planner and William and Harry's personal assistant since 2000. From the jewellery dynasty, Helen Asprey had the princes for weekends after Princess Diana died and is one of their...
How a Leftie Feminist like Me Fell in Love with This Fairytale Romance; Even the Most Cynical among Us Are Finding It Hard Not to Be Swept Up in William and Kate's Royal Love Story
Byline: Liz Hoggard AS AN old-style Leftie feminist, it feels odd to be defending the royal wedding. But, you know, I can't help finding something touching about two young people -- one from a famously dysfunctional family -- being prepared to give...
In Their Own Words, the Couple's Prayer
Byline: Nicholas Cecil A PRAYER written by Prince William and Kate Middleton was today read out by the Bishop of London who hailed their marriage as a shining hope across the world. The Right Reverend Dr Richard Chartres ended his wedding sermon...
Kate Gives Cheering Thousands the Fairytale Bride They Were Hoping for; London Swings into Life as the Party Capital of the World
Byline: David Cohen, Joe Murphy and Miranda Bryant ECSTATIC crowds hailed the newly married couple as "like a fairytale" as their coach left Westminster Abbey. A sea of people up to 15 deep cheered as Prince William and Kate, now the Duchess...
Landowner and German Banker Meets Social Revolutionary and Northern Miner; Their Ancestors Provide a Colourful Family Tree and the Couple Themselves Are 12th Cousins Once Removed, as Robert Barrett and Laura Powell Report
Byline: Robert Barrett and Laura Powell report AS SKELETONS and closets go, the Middleton bloodline has several who were rebellious, criminal and in one instance, so unpopular that it makes the history of the House of Windsor seem sedate. By comparison...
Like the Queen Mother and Diana, Kate Has the Common Touch
Byline: Sarah Bradford Royal biographer WE ARE all commoners now," a social expert declared on television the other night. Ironically, this followed a programme on Channel 4 called Meet the Middletons which set out to demonstrate how common, in...
London Swings into Action as the Wedding Party Capital of the World
Byline: David Cohen, Joe Murphy and Miranda Bryant LONDON became the party capital of the world today with cheering Britons hanging out the bunting in streets and squares from Bromley to Barnet. Crowds in fancy dress joined fire-eaters, stilt...
Our Very Best Wishes to the Happy Couple
ANY wedding is a happy event. A royal wedding is an opportunity to celebrate the good things of marriage -- young love, the couple's commitment and the hope of children -- only on a grand, national scale. Weddings are, indeed, something the British...
Poster Princess for a Modern Monarchy
Byline: Geordie Greig commentary ALL eyes are on London today. It is an extraordinary moment for our capital as a boy from Kensington and his college sweetheart walk down the aisle, watched by more than two billion people worldwide. And it marks...
Poster Princess for Modern Monarchy
Byline: Geordie Greig ALL eyes are on London today. It is an extraordinary moment for our capital as a boy from Kensington and his college sweetheart walk down the aisle, watched by more than two billion people worldwide. And it marks a sea change...
Stars, Soldiers Relatives and Politicians Sit Alongside the 'Glosse Posse'
Byline: Jonathan Prynn, Peter Dominiczak and Karen Dacre IT was a glittering congregation. The first of the 1,900 guests, who included friends of the couple, charity workers and members of the armed forces as well as the dignitaries demanded by...
Stars, Soldiers Relatives and Politicians Sit Alongside the 'Glosse Posse'
Byline: Jonathan Prynn, Peter Dominiczak and Karen dacre IT was a glittering congregation. The first of the 1,900 guests, who included friends of the couple, charity workers and members of the armed forces as well as the dignitaries demanded by...
The Girl Who Got Her Prince after Her Father Said It Wouldn't Happen; Happy Ending to Love Story That Began with a Daring Dress and Survived a Very Public Separation
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent WHEN Michael Middleton was first asked about rumours of his daughter's relationship with the second-in-line to the throne, he laughed. From the doorstep of the family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, he insisted...
The Jubilant Crowd Surged Forward and Chanted 'Kiss, Kiss, Kiss' ... So They Did, Twice
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent IT was sealed with the briefest of kisses. Almost 80 minutes after William and Kate left Westminster Abbey as man and wife, they kissed not once but twice. On the day of a million cheers, these two tender...
This Wedding Will Lift the National Mood at a Time of Uncertainty; the Very Reverend Dr John Hall Dean of Westminster
Byline: John Hall EVERY church wedding service has the same character, whether in a village church in the presence of 50 people or in a great church with a congregation of 2,000 and before the eyes of the world. The bride and bridegroom declare...
Tradition and Modernity Meet in McQueen Gown
Byline: Laura Craik Fashion Editor AND the bride wore McQueen. Today Kate Middleton revealed the incredible Alexander McQueen gown, designed by Sarah Burton, that she had kept secret against all the odds. From the first glimpse of antique lace...
Two Billion Hold Their Breath as the Prince, with a Crackle in His Voice, Says: I Will
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent AT precisely 11.20 today Prince William and Kate Middleton were pronounced husband and wife in a ceremony watched by two billion worldwide. The prince's university sweetheart entered Westminster Abbey at...
Weekend of TV Wedding Mania; Nick Curtis Combs the Schedules on Behalf of Those Intent on Gluing Themselves to the Box to Catch Every Last Trace of Regal Romance
Byline: Nick Curtis HAD enough yet? If not, fear not. William and Kate's kiss on the Buck House balcony hasn't marked the end of today's wall-to-wall TV coverage. There are enough post-hitch analysis programmes, biographical studies, satirical takes...
What Next for William and Kate? Prince of Normal Will Do His Best to Keep Couple out of Limelight
Byline: Ross Lydall Royal Correspondent THEY will head off on their honeymoon tomorrow and for two weeks will look to escape the attentions of the world's media. And if Prince William gets his way, he and his new bride will stay out of the limelight...
What Would Diana Have Thought of Middle-Class Kate? the Princess of Wales's Friends Tell Laura Powell How She Would Have Been Delighted Her Son Has Married for Love
Byline: Laura Powell BEING a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be." So said Princess Diana. Although she has been made a Duchess Kate Middleton would do well to heed these words, as few could fail to remember that Diana was dropped into the...
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