So, the long wait is over. After nine years of courtship, Prince William is going to marry his girlfriend Kate Middleton. The wedding is set to happen next Summer, most likely in mid-August.
For the media it’s the best news they’ve had in ages. Speculation about the details – where the wedding will be held, what Kate will be wearing, who’s going to be William’s best man (Harry, probably) and who’ll be singing in the church – can now go into overdrive.
What’s certain already, however, is that it will be the biggest and most lavish Royal Wedding this country has seen since that of William’s parents, Charles and Diana, way back in July 1981.
Some of us oldies will remember that occasion well. The sun came out, we all took a day off work, went to a street party (or two) and shed a tear as we watched the fairytale Princess in her golden carriage on television. (Who knew it would end in such tragic circumstances?)
But the other thing we remember about that time was the unmistakable romantic atmosphere that took over the country. Love was in the air. Men treated women like Princesses – and women reciprocated by having their hair cut just like Lady Di! Apparently, the number of marriages and births rose significantly during that long hot Summer.
So, the question is: will we see the same thing this time? Is an air of romance and magic going to blow away the depressing atmosphere of the past year or so? Will we see hundreds or even thousands of other couples tying the knot and exchanging vows inspired by the new Royal couple? Are William and Kate going to get us all in the mood for love? The answer, almost certainly, is yes.
All of which, of course, is great news for those of us who are looking for a little romance and passion in our lives. 2011 may well be the year when we all get in touch with our inner Prince and Princess. We can’t wait!