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November 17, 2010

Congratulations, but…

Congratulations are due to Prince William and Kate Middleton on their engagement. The wedding will be a source of unbridalled (pun intended) joy for the couple, their families and the nation. I’m certainly all for an extra bank holiday (there will be one, I assume?), a bit of bunting, a street party and six hours of David Dimbleby’s commentary of the event on TV.

That said, there a couple of things I’d prefer not to occur. Firstly, please can we not have wall-to-wall coverage of the preparations for the next six months? As big a fan as I am of the monarchy, I’m not massively interested in who’s making Kate’s dress or who’s not being invited to the reception or what antics Harry gets up to on the stag-do. Actually, scrap the last bit – I’m keen on stag-do news, but none of the rest.

Secondly, can we try to avoid this event prompting a tiresome and inane wave of republicanism? We each pay 70p a year for our royal family. Now, I value my beer as much as the next man, but even I’m happy to give the equivalent of a quarter of a pint to keep our monarchy. It’s a ruddy bargain and, what is more, doesn’t even take account of all the revenue they bring in by means of increased tourism etc. and all the good they do for charities and societies. And, anyway, what’s the alternative – a president? You must be jo-king.

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