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Hard News: The Engagement

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  • Craig Ranapia,

    The question is: are you really ready for the coming frenzy?

    Dish the dress; hope Harry wears something mouthwateringly inappropriate to the reception after arranging a stag do of Babylonian vileness: pray Grandpa calls the bride "slutty-pants" in front of a live microphone. And I'm done.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report

  • Rochelle Furneaux,

    Anyone else like me wondering if the British government will be cheering the timing given the deplorable state of the economy... Will it boost the economy or just mask its dire state?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2010 • 5 posts Report

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Yeah, it's all very different to Charles and Diana's wedding. We can assume that Kate is not a medically certified virgin (ugh - I can't believe that shit used to go on). Wills and Kate's relationship seems more like Charles and Camilla than Charles and Di. Thank God.

    I surprised myself by getting rool emotional this morning when I learned of the wedding news - the same sort of reaction I'd have if I'd heard some friends were to wed. So, yay, it's not a shitty marriage of convenience. More like a long-term couple finally getting hitched as they approach their 30s. Lots of my friends have done this.

    Meanwhile, I'll have to create an artwork to celebrate this wedding. In 1981 I drew a painting of the yellow-haired princess getting married. Unknown to me, my grandma sent it off to Buckingham Palace, and I was thrilled to receive an official response. So, watch out Princess Kate - I'm-a gonna paint u.

    Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report

  • Russell Brown,

    Oh, okay. I am reliably informed that Camilla did say "wicked" -- on the BBC and everything. How jolly of her.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Lucy Stewart,

    The question is: are you really ready for the coming frenzy? And if not, hadn’t you better be booking that desert island?

    Not asking for a desert island, just for the teensiest bit of perspective. I'm looking at you, Stuff.

    (And, you know, I say this as someone who once memorised the entire list of British monarchs since Edward the Confessor. I get the monarchy thing. I just don't think it's more important than a serious threat to a major industry. Blessedly, the Herald agrees with me.)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report

  • Ben Austin,

    So where does one buy bunting these days, if I'm to bunt the local street?

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 1027 posts Report

  • Lewis Holden,

    Really? I memorised the list too*, and I'm a republican.

    Radio NZ's coverage this morning was revealing. Their journalist estimated only 1 in 8 commuters who'd heard of the engagement cared about it, although a couple were vehement in their support for the monarchy. Story of my life...

    That pretty much sums up New Zealanders view on the monarchy, I think: ambivalent, with some staunch supporters making very loud public announcements of support.

    *the one that excludes Oliver Cromwell and the Commonwealth of England, of course.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 21 posts Report

  • Michael Stevens,

    I just want to know if Prince William has a Prince Albert.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 230 posts Report

  • Carol Stewart,

    Failing all else, Ben, you could make it yourself.

    just for the teensiest bit of perspective. I’m looking at you, Stuff.

    Et tu, Guardian

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 830 posts Report

  • Petra,

    Oooh, now might be a good time to sell a couple of old Women's Weekly mags I have that contain special features on the wedding and engagement of Charles and Di. Trade Me, here I come! :-D

    The Daily Mash has a nice take on things, methinks: http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/DREARY-WOMEN-GIVEN-SOMETHING-NEW-TO-TALK-ABOUT-201011163260/


    Rotorua • Since Mar 2007 • 317 posts Report

  • jeremy gray,

    Given that the BBC was forbidden from covering the royal wedding in 1923 in case "the service might be listened to by men in pubs wearing cloth caps", i am looking forward to the reason given for banning of youtube coverage.

    point chev • Since Apr 2008 • 44 posts Report

  • Rich of Observationz,

    I just hope she learns from her mother in law's example. Don't go driving through tunnels at 150kph with a driver who's had nearly as much coke as you have.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report

  • giovanni tiso,

    are you really ready for the coming frenzy? And if not, hadn’t you better be booking that desert island?

    I can forecast with some confidence that - so long as you lot don't go apeshit - I'll actually be able to insulate myself from this thing without too much effort. Blame the new media environment.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report

  • Robyn Gallagher, in reply to Russell Brown,

    "Wicked" - stepmother.

    Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    You know what? I'd really like a Wills 'n' Kate engagement coffee mug.

    Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report

  • Ben Austin, in reply to Carol Stewart,

    Well that certainly answers that question Carol. The internet really does have answers for most questions

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 1027 posts Report

  • Petra,

    Wills 'n' Kate jandals would be good.

    Rotorua • Since Mar 2007 • 317 posts Report

  • Jacqui Dunn, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    So if you do paint her, and you send it off to her, and she gets someone to send off an official letter to you, what's the bet she gets your name spelled correctly?

    Deepest, darkest Avondale… • Since Jul 2010 • 585 posts Report

  • Che Tibby,

    rousing rendition of "Charlie's Getting Married" anyone?

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report

  • Robyn Gallagher, in reply to Jacqui Dunn,

    Back then, "Robin" was my proper name. I legally changed it when I was 15.

    Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report

  • Ben Gracewood,

    Pressing question: in the spirit of Brangelina, are they Kills or Wait?

    Orkland • Since Nov 2006 • 168 posts Report

  • HORansome,

    I, for one, look forward to the conspiracy theories that will link the two dynastic lines to Skull and Bones, the Bin Ladens and possibly even the Wests (there's nothing that can stop ta claim of conspiracy, not even the fictional status of some characters).

    Indeed, I might start hawking my new book "Kate and Me: How the British Throne Wants to Ruin My Life" now so it can be commissioned just in time for the Christmas rush.

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 441 posts Report

  • David Hood, in reply to Ben Gracewood,

    Kills or Wait

    or Wilt

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report

  • Ben Austin,

    HORansome - I suggest you look to incorporate the North American Union into your theory. I remember reading a website a year or so back where one of the NAU/Amero/Unification Highway types was certain it was some sort of plot by the Royal Family, by way of the Commonwealth members in the Western Hemisphere, to regain control over the USA.

    Kate's family have a mail order business. Mail travels on roads. The NAU wants a unification highway etc

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 1027 posts Report

  • HORansome,

    Ben, you are on to something. Indeed, this wedding is just a front to get the Amero off the ground.

    Does anyone have conclusive proof that Kate isn't an operative for Brussels?

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 441 posts Report

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