Happily ever after

By admin
06 May 2011

The wedding of the century – that’s what it was expected to be and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton certainly lived up to the hype.

The billions who watched around the world – a lucky few in Westminster Abbey, hundreds of thousands in London’s streets and a global TV audience – weren’t disappointed.

There was spectacle in the gleaming cars, the carriage, traditional guards, famous guests, a magnificent church and a splendid palace.

There was a dashing best man, a gorgeous maid of honour and an entourage of adorable bridesmaids and pageboys.

And there was romance: a handsome groom in smart military red and a bride living the ultimate fairytale, marrying the prince of her dreams in a dress of a lifetime.

But beyond all that the occasion was a breath of fresh air for the stuffy image of the British royal family – a relaxed, relatively informal affair despite the prerequisite pomp and pageantry.

The family’s popularity plummeted after Queen Elizabeth’s apparent coldness after Princess Diana’s death but the wedding should renew Britain’s faith in them, a commentator said. ‘‘William and Catherine are the perfect couple to lead the royals into the future.’’

‘‘They really love each other,’’ one well-wisher said. ‘‘That’s the big difference between them and Charles and Diana. The chemistry is unmistakeable.’’

But to watchers around the world they were just Will and Kate – young, good-looking and the stars of a magical show that will go on and on.

Relive the royal couple’s big day with YOU’s special coverage of the wedding and the excitement surrounding it. The bumper 12 May issue has 12 picture pages of the ceremony plus loads of entertaining and informative articles on celeb guests’ outfits, the palace reception, the buzz on London’s streets and much, much more.

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