Wedding royal: The dress? The honeymoon? The speculation

Britain’s Prince William, right and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton, at Belfast City Hall, Belfast during their visit to Northern Ireland Tuesday March 8, 2011.



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Britain’s Prince William, right and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton, at Belfast City Hall, Belfast during their visit to Northern Ireland Tuesday March 8, 2011.

This July 29, 1981 file photo shows Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their wedding day in London. Diana’s 1981 gown by Elizabeth Emanuel helped usher in an era of opulence and formality. The shoulders were exaggerated, the skirt full and the sleeves pouffy. The train that trailed her was 25 feet long.



PRINCESS DIANA

This July 29, 1981 file photo shows Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their wedding day in London. Diana’s 1981 gown by Elizabeth Emanuel helped usher in an era of opulence and formality. The shoulders were exaggerated, the skirt full and the sleeves pouffy. The train that trailed her was 25 feet long.

Speculation and rumor regarding the royal wedding have littered the Internet since Prince William and Kate Middleton formally announced their engagement in November.

Sifting through fake stories and blog postings could occupy days.

After all, Prince William is second in line to the throne, and Middleton is a commoner about to become a princess and eventually a queen.

THE DRESS

A Google search on Monday, April 18, for “Kate Middleton’s wedding dress” turned up 492,000 hits. That number likely has gone up.

Libelula label creator Sophie Cranston is rumored to be the designer, as reported by Huffington Post royal correspondent Yvonne York, although other bloggers have doubts York is correct.

E! Online, the Internet site for the entertainment channel, reported Sunday, April 17, that Middleton designed her own dress with a nod to Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana.

THE AUDIENCE

The 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer was watched by an estimated 750 million people worldwide, making it the most-watched, live TV event in history at the time, according to a March 18 Wall Street Journal story by Amy Chozick and Cecilie Rohwedder.

On Friday, April 29, an estimated 2 billion people, or roughly 28 percent of the world’s current population, are expected to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot via live broadcasts on numerous channels, according to the Wall Street Journal story.

That, of course, is assuming millions of Americans and Canadians will wake up early to see it.

THE HONEYMOON

Nowhere is there more speculation about the royal wedding than in England, where most articles of speculation have originated.

The Sunday Telegraph, a sister newspaper of the United Kingdom’s The Daily Telegraph, published an article online on Sunday, April 17, about where the newlyweds might honeymoon.

Word is: they have booked a week-long tour of southern Jordan.

Of course, a royal aide said: “We will not be identifying” where the couple will honeymoon.

And there actually is speculation that Prince William and Kate Middleton will want to honeymoon in privacy.



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