Praise for Prince William, Kate's bouquet and more
British Prime Minister David Cameron tells CNN that the royal wedding will be "a great moment for Britain" and that Prince William will make, "I am sure, a fantastic husband and one day he will make a wonderful king."
According to the Telegraph, Cameron dismissed the suggestion that the wedding would be scaled down because of the government's austerity measures. ''I think the world will be looking at this royal wedding but I think we will be very proud of it in the UK, but above all it's two young people who love each other very much."
The Mirror reports that royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton is expected to follow tradition by having her wedding bouquet placed on the tomb of Britain's Unknown Warrior.
The custom was started in 1923 with the wedding of Prince William's great-grandparents, then the duke and duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth). The duchess herself laid her bouquet on the tomb in Westminster Abbey. Their daughter, the current queen, sent her bouquet to be placed on the tomb after her 1947 wedding at the abbey.
The Mirror cited an unnamed source as saying: "Kate thinks the tradition is a lovely one and is very keen to make the gesture. And as William and Harry are both serving officers who have lost friends and colleagues in Iraq and Afghanistan, it will be a very meaningful thing to do."
There are 82 days until the royal wedding, USA Today reports, and the souvenirs are proliferating online. "This first royal wedding of the Internet age is expected to bring forth an avalanche of items spanning the silly to the sublime," the paper notes, citing the official china, other bone china, dolls, nail polish, champagne and novelty condoms among its examples. Hundreds of thousands of items are likely to be available, says one shop director.
| February 7, 2011; 8:45 AM ET
Categories: Ceremony, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Royal family | Tags: Autumn Brewington
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