New style amid royal wedding tradition: press

30th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

The biggest royal wedding for 30 years struck a balance between time-honoured tradition and youthful exuberance, the British press and newspapers across the world said Saturday.

Front pages from Warsaw to Sydney were emblazoned with pictures of Prince William and Kate at their spectacular wedding in Westminster Abbey on Friday, followed by their procession to Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage.

The Times in Britain summed up the lighter mood of the day with a wraparound front-page photograph of the couple as they made their impromptu drive down The Mall in an open-top Aston Martin sportscar.

"Every element of the wedding reflected the couple's shared humour and taste, and a determination to remain as anchored as possible in their own normality," the newspaper said.

Corriere della Sera in Italy said the spin in the Aston Martin was "in the style of James Bond".

The Australian press also picked up the theme of a modern feel to the day.

"Beaming with happiness and radiant with love, a remarkably relaxed William and Catherine Middleton looked like the university sweethearts they were and the modern royals they are," the Daily Telegraph tabloid said under the headline "An uncommon journey to love".

The front page of Britain's biggest-selling newspaper The Sun focused on the unprecedented double kiss on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

"You wait for years for a Royal kiss then two come along at once," its headline said under a full-page photograph of the couple embracing.

The paper said the wedding had given the country a lift at a time of deep public spending cuts and economic austerity.

"Britain showed the world yesterday that it is in good heart, capable, and open for business," an editorial said.

Germany's Bild tabloid also found the balcony scene irresistible, headlining its coverage: "Kate and William: Kiss! Kiss! Hurray!". It even gave readers precise timings: the first kiss lasted 0.7 seconds, the second smacker was 1.5 seconds long.

Newspapers in the Gulf gave front-page coverage to the wedding in London -- but left out the kiss.

In Poland, the Gazeta Wyborcza focused on the renewal of the dusty image of the British monarchy thanks to the addition of the middle-class girl who had snared her prince.

"It is said that two billion people watched this wedding of pomp and splendour which should renew the British monarchy," it said.

Turkish daily Gunes described Kate as "the Cinderella of the Palace". She was a "commoner who had become the wife, the duchess and the princess", said Croatia's Vecernji List.

But in Australia, warnings were sounded that despite the public relations success of the spectacle played out on Friday, "the monarchy remains capable of stumbling into scandal at any moment", The Australian said.

"But the wedding... shows it has taken cues from corporate and celebrity image makers in a bid to more carefully craft its future," the paper added.

Bosnian newspaper Dnevni Avaz focused on the ghost of William's late mother Diana at the wedding and recalled that she had visited the country to meet victims of landmines in August 1997, a month before she died.

Mersija Brkic, whose husband was killed by a landmine, told the paper: "If Diana were alive today, I am sure she would still be doing so much for the victims.

"May the world treat William well and may he have a happy marriage. He can be proud of having a mother like Diana."

© 2011 AFP

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