Global newspapers fete 'fairytale' royal wedding
Calling the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton the ultimate Cinderella story, newspapers around the world also said it was proof of Britain's changed social landscape.
"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.
"Mum would be so proud," The Sun said on its front page, referring to William's late mother princess Diana.
"The world will watch in awe today as Britain does something better than anywhere else on earth," the staunchly patriotic tabloid said in a souvenir edition, which included a giant pull-out poster.
"Bung on a cardboard crown, wave your flag and be proud," it urged.
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.
"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, playing on the similar-sounding French words for prince and pinch.
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.
"At the altar with Diana's ghost," noted Italy's Corriera della Sera.
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.
Commenting on the royal family's rehabilitation since Diana's death, Britain's centre-right Telegraph said: "It is the greatest sadness that Diana, Princess of Wales, did not live to witness her son's marriage.
Italy's Corriere della Sera also said that Diana's spectre would loom heavily over proceedings.
"Diana's music at Kate's wedding," said one of its headlines.
"At the altar with Diana's ghost," read another.
Moscow's Nezavisimaya Gazeta also 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