(Reuters) - Following is a selection of stories on the royal wedding that have appeared in newspapers and on websites around the world in recent weeks.
Reuters does not vouch for the accuracy of other publications’ reports.
-- Britain’s Prince Harry to be William’s best man
Britain’s Prince Harry is to be Best Man at the wedding of his elder brother William to Kate Middleton.
Middleton has also, as expected, chosen her sister Pippa to be her Maid of Honor when the couple tie the knot.
(Source: Reuters, February 14)
-- Up for sale, the dress that “won” a prince’s heart
The see-through dress worn by Kate Middleton at a university fashion show at which she caught the eye of an admiring Prince William goes under the hammer next month.
William paid for front row seats at the charity show at Scotland’s St Andrews University in 2002 when Middleton strutted down the aisle in little more than her underwear as she modeled the knitted lace dress.
British newspapers always cite it as the moment William’s interest in Middleton was stirred from one of mere friendship to something more serious, and they began dating soon after.
(Source: Reuters, February 14)
-- Kingfisher, Europe’s biggest home improvements retailer, is hoping an extra public holiday to celebrate Britain’s Royal Wedding will draw out shoppers worried about rising costs and public spending cuts.
The group has also just launched a set of two Royal Wedding gnomes decked in Union Jack hats and wedding outfits for 20 pounds ($32).
“It certainly means that people could actually do a really decent project over that period,” chief executive Ian Cheshire said on Thursday, noting the extra holiday on April 29 will come only a few days after Easter, traditionally the busiest time of the year for home improvements as people tackle their gardens.
“We’re certainly going to gear up on the gardening and outdoor leisure fronts,” he told reporters.
(Source: Reuters, February 17)
-- Model Prince William engages with the world
Admirers of Britain’s Prince William will get the chance to find out how Kate Middleton felt standing by his side when their engagement was announced, with the help of a life-size model.
American artist Jennifer Rubell is behind the wax model of William, which will be displayed at a London gallery ahead of the couple’s wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29.
The model is complete with a replica of Middleton’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring - the same engagement ring William’s mother Diana, the Princess of Wales, wore.
“It’s the feminine equivalent of winning the lottery,” said Rubell, 40.
(Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, February 8)
-- Royal wedding grips U.S. TV, but who to play Kate?
The romance between Britain’s Prince William and fiancée Kate Middleton is getting the TV movie treatment as celebrity-hungry U.S. media gears up for the royal nuptials.
But an actress is still being sought to play Middleton in female-oriented Lifetime television’s movie “William & Kate.”
William, second in line to the British throne, will be played by little-known New Zealand actor Nico Evers-Swindell, whose credits include small parts in the TV crime shows ”Law & Order“ and ”NCIS:Los Angeles.
(Source: Reuters, January 28)
-- Queen’s two year break for William and Kate
The Queen has told Prince William and Kate Middleton they can stay out of the spotlight for the first two years of their marriage.
Her Majesty is determined that Kate will have time and space to adjust to royal life.
Wills, 28, will be allowed to focus on his RAF career rather than worry about performing full-time public duties.
Sources denied the decision is a result of lessons learned from the troubled marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
(Source: The Sun, January 24)
-- William and Kate swamped by wedding gifts
Palace staff are begging firms to halt the tide of cake samples and souvenirs already pouring in for the royal wedding.
Tens of thousands of packages, plus cards and gifts from devoted fans, are piling up in several rooms at St James’s Palace. The royals even had to take on extra staff to deal with deluge.
The couple have hinted they may not accept gifts at all and ask for charity donations instead but fans refuse to be put off.
(Source: Daily Mirror, January 24)
-- “Fake Kate” banned from Facebook
Facebook has accused a woman of being an impostor and suspended her account -- because she shares her name with Prince William’s future bride.
Healthcare assistant Kate Middleton, 29, has been locked out since last Thursday after the social network site claimed she had registered under a fake name.
Ironically, Miss Middleton’s partner Jonathan Ross has not been accused of being a fake, despite sharing his name with a television presenter. Neither have changed their names.
Miss Middleton has complained to Facebook but they have refused to back down.
(Source: Daily Mail, January 24)
-- Queen won’t meet Middleton’s parents until wedding
Queen Elizabeth II will not meet Kate Middleton’s parents before the royal wedding, but the palace has denied the lack of contact is a snub to the commoner’s family.
A palace spokesman told London’s Sunday Times the Queen “has not felt the need” to meet the future in-laws of her grandson, Prince William, and has no plans to do so before the ceremony.
“This is not a snub. It is just that the Queen has not yet felt the need to meet Miss Middleton’s parents,” the spokesman said. “At present there are no plans for her to do so in the run-up to the wedding but if she chooses to do so, it will be a private matter.”
Source: www.heraldsun.com, January 23