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Posted at 12:13 AM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Less than pleased with royal restraint

By Autumn Brewington

We're not sure which line we like best in this Daily Mail column grumping about the royal effort to make Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding a less-than-overtly-lavish affair.

Columnist Jan Moir identifies the "real problem" of those organizing the April 29 wedding as "keeping the Royals happy while appeasing the off-with-their-heads mob who demand a no-frills, economy wedding in the Age of Austerity." Or, put another way, "disguising the walloping amounts of dosh sloshing around, while still ensuring that Queenie and the pampered gang have a good time."

Unlike many couples trying to stretch a dollar -- or pound -- the royal lovebirds have scored a "Grade I Central London reception venue," Buckingham Palace, for free. And Britain, Moir writes, not only wants a display of pageantry but also has its international reputation to consider.

"Yet the news emerging from St James's Palace this week is worrying . . . Kate Middleton will be the first Windsor bride for 48 years to arrive at the church in a car rather than a glass coach . . . What is the point of a royal wedding if not to see and sigh at the iconic image of a dewy beauty, perfect in her crystallised, white tulle gorgeousness, being driven in a golden coach pulled by ­trotting ponies, onwards through the streets of London to marry her Prince Charming?"

Moir acknowledges that Kate will ride to Westminster Abbey in one of the queen's limousines, "rather than a minicab with a Magic Tree air freshener dangling from the rear view mirror, but still. Come on. Millions of little girls and boys -- and me! -- will be sorely disappointed at this lack of sense of occasion."

By Autumn Brewington  | January 7, 2011; 12:13 AM ET
Categories:  Ceremony, Kate Middleton, Prince William  
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