Articles

Diana & Camilla

What a day. To see and hear William and Catherine take their vows was a privilege made no less special by sharing it with an extended congregation of a billion or so. As a wedding production, this one surely scored as high marks for technical merit and artistic interpretation as any in Westminster Abbey’s history. With their own eternal beauty, the familiar words reached out to our hearts and in return our hearts reached out to the young couple who, despite their familiarity, it was as if we now saw anew.

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ROYAL WEDDING & MODERN DIGITAL MEDIA – 24 April 2011

These are salad days for the palace press offices. At last the papers are filled with a really big, really good news story. So much more fun than those tiresome questions about billionaire’s jets or the Civil List.

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Advice – DAILY TELEGRAPH (16 April 2011)

“I feel sure that no girl would go to the altar if she knew all.”

Not very on-message for this long weekend of celebration, but perhaps Kate Middleton’s great-great-great-great grandmother-in-law wasn’t feeling very sunny the day she delivered that gloomy opinion of marriage. And although Queen Victoria and Albert turned out to be one of the greatest of all royal love stories, her misgivings might, if we’re honest, be worth a moment’s reflection.

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Royal Wedding – Pens, Patriots and Palm-greasing

When I was growing up, one of my family’s most precious possessions was a rather ordinary fountain pen. Its place in our mythology was assured because once upon a time (the late 1950’s at a guess) it had been used by the Duke of Edinburgh to sign the visitors’ book of the destroyer in which my father was then serving in the Mediterranean Fleet.

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DAILY TELEGRAPH, 25TH FEBRUARY 2011

Royal Wedding sick bags are available on the internet. Not, as you might expect, for use at Royal stag parties but as a light-hearted comment on the impending solemnisation. Says artist Lydia Leith: “The sick bags aren’t specifically political, or at least weren’t made as a dig…I wanted to contribute to the tradition of what I see as a very British humour.”

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