Five months on from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's fairytale nuptials, the time has come for "the other" royal wedding -- the one no one seems to want to pay for or watch. When Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Princess Eugenie walks down the aisle Friday in Windsor Castle to marry Jack Brooksbank, a "commoner" with blue-blood friends, the critics will be out. For Britain is still gaga over Meghan, the glamorous US actress who married the queen's grandson in a Windsor wedding watched by the masses in Britain and around the world in May. Some even reminisce about the sunny afternoon in 2011 when Prince William, second in line to the throne, married Kate, whose grace stirred memories of the late Princess Diana. Princess Eugenie of York, along with her 30-year-old sister Beatrice, are by contrast unhappily famous for wearing peculiar hats, with the flamboyant numbers they picked for Prince William's wedding making a particularly lasting impression. The 28-year-old princess Eugenie, is … [Read more...] about Brits brace for ‘the other’ royal wedding
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Britain has long entranced the world with its spectacular royal weddings, occasions of glittering pageantry and glamour that feed into a fascination with the monarchy. As Prince Harry prepares to marry US former actress Meghan Markle on Saturday, AFP looks back at the weddings of three other top royals. - Elizabeth and Philip: 1947 - Hundreds of thousands of people thronged London's streets to cheer future Queen Elizabeth II, then a 21-year-old princess, as she married Prince Philip, aged 26, more than 70 years ago on November 20, 1947. In post-war Britain, it was "a flash of colour on the difficult road we're taking," said former prime minister Winston Churchill, then leader of the opposition Conservative Party. It was the first British royal wedding to be filmed and broadcast live on BBC radio, with 200 million people tuning in, according to the palace. There were 2,000 guests, among them six kings and seven queens. But memories of World War II were fresh and so several of Philip's … [Read more...] about Capturing hearts and TV ratings: Britain’s glittering royal weddings
The marriage of US actress Meghan Markle to Britain’s Prince Harry has prompted more US visitors to fly to the UK, with data showing that bookings from the US for this week are 12 percent ahead of last year. Americans will be among the royal fans convening on the town of Windsor before Saturday’s wedding, suggested data provided by Travelport website on Thursday. It showed that before the wedding date was announced last December, bookings for arrival into Britain from the US for this week were down around 7 percent, but following the news of the wedding date, they are now up 12 percent compared to the same week in 2017. Read also: Harry, Meghan and Megan to crew British Airways royal wedding flight “We know that important events like a Royal Wedding encourage people to travel and it’s great to see we’re welcoming so many visitors from the U.S. this week,” said Paul Broughton, Travelport’s country manager for the UK and … [Read more...] about Royal wedding boosts flight bookings from the US to Britain
Drinking pints in a traditional English pub in the genteel town of Eton under swathes of red, white and blue bunting, locals say Saturday’s wedding of Prince Harry and his American fiancee Meghan Markle is going to be a massive event. Others are not so sure. “It’s part of being British,” said Chris Partington, 34, standing at the bar of the Henry VI pub, half a mile from Windsor Castle where the royal wedding will be held and close to the exclusive Eton College Harry attended as a boy. “There’s a great buzz about the place, I think it’s brilliant,” the software company worker told Reuters. There is no doubt that the wedding of Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and sixth-in-line to the throne, and Hollywood actress Markle, star of TV drama “Suits”, has the media transfixed. In the last month, barely a day has passed without mention of the wedding on the front pages of tabloid newspapers while TV stations in Britain … [Read more...] about The media are agog but are Britons really bothered about royal wedding?
By Leanne Italie The Associated Press Fri., March 16, 2018 NEW YORK—In pyjamas and old wedding gowns, with high tea or a bit of the early morning bubbly, royal watchers around the globe are fascinator-ready to watch the nuptials of Prince Harry and his unprecedented fiancée: Meghan Markle. He’s the spare to the heir, soon to be booted to fifth in line for the throne, but Harry is forever the people’s prince to many inside and outside the Commonwealth who once wondered whether the bad boy of Windsor would ever tie the knot. She, of TV Suits fame, has whipped up some big fan buzz, including those thrilled by her mixed-race heritage. Read more: Can Meghan Markle keep up her acting career? And other royal questions Article Continued Below Prince Harry, Meghan Markle invite 2,640 people to celebrate wedding What will Meghan Markle wear on her big day? The royal wedding dress is a top secret Their “woke” wedding (the Spice … [Read more...] about Royal wedding fans gear up for party of the year