Global newspapers fete 'fairytale' royal wedding
Calling the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton the ultimate Cinderella story, newspapers around the world also noted it was proof of Britain's changed social landscape.
"Today the world will see the wedding that proves that fairytales can, and do, happen," wrote Andrew Rule from London in Sydney's Daily Telegraph tabloid, which reserved its first five pages for the wedding.
"It's a Cinderella story to make Hollywood drool," said the Australian daily.
Evoking a marriage "like those in fairytales," Germany's Bild newspaper said: "From today (Kate) will be our princess of hearts."
"Prince-me, I am dreaming," swooned France's Liberation daily, while for Dutch tabloid De Telegraaf it was "London longing for the kiss".
The Washington Post crowned the British royal family the original global celebrities.
"Although the sun set long ago on the British Empire, the royals, for all their foibles, still give this quaint and foggy land outsize importance, making it so the eyes of the world are focused on a marriage that would otherwise be a 28-year-old air force pilot getting hitched to a 29-year-old Internet party supply heiress."
"Perhaps more than any other single event, the royal wedding Friday is exposing the members of the British royal family for what they really are: the original global celebrities," it added.
Russia's tabloid press made no secret of their admiration for Kate Middleton with one paper claiming it had found the root of the attraction for Britain's future king.
"The future wife of Prince William reminds him of his mother -- Princess Diana," said the mass-circulation Komsomolskaya Pravda.
Italy's Corriere della Sera also said that Diana's spectre would loom heavily over proceedings.
William's mother's funeral was held in Westminster Abbey, the venue of Friday's wedding, after her death in a Paris car crash in 1997.
"Diana's music at Kate's wedding," said one of Corriere della Sera's headlines.
"At the altar with Diana's ghost," read another.
A picture of the couple taken by Diana's favourite photographer, Mario Testino, dominated the front pages of three British newspapers: The Sun, the Mirror and the Daily Express.
The photograph was released along with the wedding programme, in which the couple said they were "delighted that you are able to join us in celebrating what we hope will be one of the happiest days of our lives."
"Let's glory in the fact that Britain can still hold a pageant that will wow the world," an editorial in Britain's pro-royal Daily Mail said.
"That two people from such diverse backgrounds can marry without eyebrows being raised is testimony to how class in Britain has changed in a few decades," it added.
Italian daily Il Giornale, owned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, admitted it was a "bit envious" of the royal celebration.
"Damn them, they know how to come together when they want to," it said of the wedding fever.
"Meanwhile we Italians are here after 150 years of unification wondering what unity really means."
Moscow's Nezavisimaya Gazeta noted the rampant commercialisation of the event with shops flogging a smorgasbord of souvenirs as they try to cash in on wedding fever.
"It seems that foggy Albion is now enveloped in the cloudly mists of love. Which won't get in the way of people making good money out of this," it said.
© 2011 AFP