(Reuters Life!) - Following is a selection of stories on the royal wedding that have appeared in newspapers and on websites in the last week.
Reuters does not vouch for the accuracy of other publications’ reports.
— Kate Middleton dress fetches $105,000 at auction
A dress worn by Prince William’s fiancee Kate Middleton at a university fashion show in 2002 which reportedly sparked the royal’s interest in his bride-to-be fetched 65,000 pounds ($105,000) on Thursday.
Including commission, the see-through mesh slip dress designed by Charlotte Todd sold for 78,000 pounds ($126,000). It had been expected to sell for 8,000-10,000 pounds.
Todd, who was in the saleroom at Kerry Taylor Auctions in London, said she planned to put the proceeds toward buying a house with her husband.
“I am totally speechless, and feel very emotional,” she said. “I really didn’t think it would make that amount. I am planning to put some of the money toward a deposit for a house, but perhaps I may use some to change my career.”
— Prince William calls NZ quake damage “unbelievable”
The devastation caused by last month’s earthquake in New Zealand’s second-biggest city, Christchurch, took Prince William by surprise on Thursday.
The second in line to the throne toured the central area of the city, which is still closed to all but rescue workers, to see at first hand the impact of the magnitude 6.3 quake which struck on Feb 22, killing at least 166 people.
“The scale of it is unbelievable, it really does bring it home to you to see a building like that, it’s just so sad,” the prince said looking at the 26-storey Hotel Grand Chancellor, which is teetering at a dangerous angle after part of its foundations slumped.
Media and officials outnumbered members of the public as the casually dressed prince was briefed at the disaster relief headquarters before touring the central business district.
— The CopyKate
Waving to the crowd, beaming William and Kate look very much in love. And their bond is much greater than that. Body language expert Judi James says they are perfectly in sync, making theirs an “industrial strength” relationship.
Pictures taken on recent visits to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland show how in tune they are as they greet crowds in a near identical way.
Royal watchers believe Wills has been helping his fiancee with advice on public engagements. Now, whether they are waving, laughing or walking together, the couple often mirror each other perfectly.
(Source: The Sun)
— Kate “marries Prince Harry” on souvenir mug
It is one piece of memorabilia that even the most dedicated of royal enthusiasts may choose to avoid.
For beaming out from the side of this particular mug designed to celebrate the forthcoming royal nuptials are bride-to-be Kate Middleton - and her soon-to-be brother-in-law, Prince Harry.
Photographs of the pair are featured side by side, adorned with suitably royal flourishes and scrolls depicting their names. But few could fail to spot that the smartly dressed young man named “Will” is actually his red-headed brother.
(Source: The Daily Telegraph)
— William and Kate set up royal wedding charity fund
William and Kate have set up a fund to allow well-wishers who want to give them a wedding gift to donate money to charities they care about instead, royal officials said on Wednesday.
The couple have chosen 26 charities which will benefit from the Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund, some of which are not well-known or work in specific communities, St James’s Palace said.
— Fears raised over “Glastonbury” royal camp
Plans to set up a camping site on one of London’s biggest commons for visitors to next month’s royal wedding have been greeted with horror by local residents, who fear it will resemble the mud-plagued Glastonbury music festival.
“Camp Royale” is to be set up on Clapham Common in south London, offering what organizers says will be a cheap alternative for those who want to be in the British capital for celebrations to mark the marriage on April 29.
The “Big Royal Wedding Sleepover,” as it calls itself, will be open from April 28 until May 1 at a cost of 75 pounds ($120) for three nights.
But with big screens and capacity for 10,000 people on a common mostly surrounded by housing, not everyone is impressed, and local residents have urged their Member of Parliament (MP) to intervene.