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Royal wedding: Love it or hate it?

10:57 UK time, Tuesday, 26 April 2011

The royal wedding build-up has been steadily gaining momentum over the last few months, and yet some people cannot wait until it is all over. Are you excited about Friday's nuptials, or suffering from wedding fatigue?

Billions of people around the world are expected to watch Prince William and Catherine Middleton tie the knot on 29 April.

Councils have seen a late increase in applications for road closures for street parties and well-wishers are starting to camp out on London's streets - but many others have had their fill.

Where will you watch the wedding? Are you planning a street party? What will you be doing on Friday if you're not planning to celebrate the royal nuptials? Do you feel you are labelled a spoilsport for not engaging in the celebrations?

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  • Comment number 1.

    Good luck to them, just let the rest of us get on with our lives in peace.

  • Comment number 2.

    i'm excited , i have to work that day so all that overtime and time off in lue means a day when i choose

  • Comment number 3.

    I couldn't care less, but it gives us all another 4 day weekend, so what is there not to love?!

  • Comment number 4.

    Where is the 'don't care' option?

    What about: "Royal Wedding media coverage - hate it or despise it?'

  • Comment number 5.

    To be honest, I don't mind too much about the event as such. But it's at last something positive again to look forward to! More happy people that day!

    Jan

  • Comment number 6.

    I am in the middle, I simply do not care. I am not going out of my way to avoid the wedding but nor am I making any plans to watch it. It is just 2 people getting married, best of luck to them but really... why all the fuss?

  • Comment number 7.

    There are many people all over the world that would consider one bread roll on William and Kate's banquet table a lavish meal. Friday's event is perverse from almost all the view points. The Royal Family has lived an extremely lavish life-style for hundreds of years from the sweat of workers. Very odd indeed. I however wish William and Kate a happy life together.

  • Comment number 8.

    I support the monarchy and the Royal Family as an institution. I wish the couple a long and happy marriage. But no, I'm not 'excited' and don't intend to watch the ceremony. I find all the media frenzy rather tacky and undignified - I dislike the idea of our future King being associated with the kind of publicity more appropriate to mere entertainers and footballers.

  • Comment number 9.

    This is the third almost identical question asked on the Royal Wedding on HYS. Do you have nothing better to solicit opinion over?

    I've got an idea for a new question: Who's sick of the BBC's coverage of this ultimately meaningless event?

  • Comment number 10.

    A disgusting waste of public funds - the Royals, as usual, put themselves before everyone else and the public keep falling for it. Why anyone in the 21st century would think someone else is better than them just because of their family is beyond my comprehension...and if everyone overseas is so keen on the Windsors, let them finance them and their lives of luxury

  • Comment number 11.

    I'm very suspicious of the timing of the wedding, they had been living together for years, then all of a sudden - A Royal Wedding.

    Just when the Tories get into power and require a right royal distraction from the implementation of unpopular policies which were not in their election manifesto. If I was being really cynical I would suggest that the timing was set to also co-incide with the AV referendum but the tories wouldn't be that callous, would they?

    I believe that it was the Queen who recommended "Dave" for a political internship at the start of his political career, so the families obviously have close ties.

    Now we hear (strangely not from the BBC) that former Labour PMs Tony Blair & Gordon Brown are not invited yet former Tory PMs Margaret Thatcher & John Major have been invited. This smacks of political bias and frankly the whole event reeks of political opportunism.

    If this is the case then it is not the best reasons for having your wedding, still I suppose they'll need to get used to it as their lives will never be their own.

    I wish them well as I would any young couple getting married but I will be avoiding it as much as possible.

    It all smacks of an expensive (to the taxpayer) political arrangement between No10 & the Palace, to gee up the nation and take our minds away from the really important things in our lives, such as the privitisation of just about everything by the back door and the continuation of Thatcherite policies under a thin veneer of deceit and deception.

  • Comment number 12.

    I couldn't give a monkeys.

  • Comment number 13.

    I am 'attending' a street party in my community. However, I do not actually care about the Royal wedding. I'm actually quite annoyed by it, to be honest. My university's library is closed for the day (like it was closed for the whole of the ridiculous religious holiday weekend...), and with deadlines looming I would much rather be in there, away from any distractions.

  • Comment number 14.

    Bored beyond belief - I think the excessive media coverage is turning many of us from simply being disinterested, to anti the whole shebang.

    It is becoming extremely annoying that one can't seem to get away from it, and it will be a relief when its all over.

  • Comment number 15.

    I wish them well, with the media spotlight firmly on them both at the wedding and all through their lives it will be difficult for them. No doubt there will be the need for an heir and a spare to be attended to just to keep the pressure up.

    I wont be watching the wedding, not because I'm against it or the Royal Family in any way, I just have a lot to do. I will be working, no day off for me! When you run your own business you have to put the hours in to keep the clients happy.

    Spoilsport? People will think what they want, it is of no concern to me what they think.

  • Comment number 16.

    Personally I get annoyed at all those who 'couldn't care less' mainly because is there anything that this country cares about anymore? The same people who complain about the increased preference for Islam and other religions in this country complain about the one thing that is still quintessentially British in the same breath! It's the height of hypocrisy.

    I will watch it feeling proud to be British! Where has patriotism gone these days?

  • Comment number 17.

    I am a Republican; but I do not hate the wedding. It should be a private affair and good luck to them. I hope the marriage is long lasting and full of love.

    However, I do not understand the fuss and the £££ of public money being wasted on a private function. Both Ms Middleton and Prince William come from wealthy families and we should not have to spend a penny on their nuptials.

    There really is no role for a mediaeval system that confers a hereditary right to be head of the state in the 21st century. I feel that after the passing of the present monarch we should abolish this farce. Most countries in the world manage to cope with a republican system so why cannot we?

    Finally, for those who say that the monarchy brings in £££: well is that all you care about? For your head-of-state and their family to be some sort of tourist attraction? I'm sure, if the monarchy was abolished and the Royal Palaces handed back to the state and run as museums (including the changing of the guards outside Buckingham Palace) we would still get foreigners streaming in with their $$$ for our tourism industry.

    But, I am probably in a minority and will continue to contribute towards the up keep of this privileged family through my tax £££.

    (And I am off to the Republic of Ireland on Thursday to get away from all of this!)

  • Comment number 18.

    Good luck to them as I would wish for any other couple. I just dont want it rammed down my throat on TV and Press morning noon & night for weeks before and weeks after. Most of it pure speculation. I shall wait baited breath for the report of their first row, make up and (hopefully not) divorce speculation. Just report the event and leave it alone.

  • Comment number 19.

    13. At 11:59am 26th Apr 2011, R wrote:
    I am 'attending' a street party in my community. However, I do not actually care about the Royal wedding. I'm actually quite annoyed by it, to be honest. My university's library is closed for the day (like it was closed for the whole of the ridiculous religious holiday weekend...), and with deadlines looming I would much rather be in there, away from any distractions.

    ==================================
    I know where your comng from. I had an eye surgery appointment cancelled (after a long wait) because the hospital too is closed for the royal wedding.Put the Prols. in their place eh !

  • Comment number 20.

    16. At 12:04pm 26th Apr 2011, OrangeNoodle wrote:

    "I will watch it feeling proud to be British! Where has patriotism gone these days?"

    I'm not proud, but certainly fortunate to be British. However, this is about the Royal wedding. If you think it's part of quintessential 'British-ness' to be a subject rather than a citizen, that really doesn't make our nationality anything to be excited about.

    Why are you so proud of instituationalised inferiority?

  • Comment number 21.

    There COULD be alot of interesting coverage about the royal wedding, for example I'd love to know how the royals are viewed in other countires and how that affects the image of Britain internationally.
    But instead we get professional royal watchers postualting on what the dress will look like.
    I hope they are very happy and I hope the media leaves them alone - for my benefit as much as their's.

  • Comment number 22.

    13. At 11:59am 26th Apr 2011, R wrote:
    I am 'attending' a street party in my community. However, I do not actually care about the Royal wedding. I'm actually quite annoyed by it, to be honest. My university's library is closed for the day (like it was closed for the whole of the ridiculous religious holiday weekend...), and with deadlines looming I would much rather be in there, away from any distractions.

    Gosh, I can see why you're bitter, the one day that you're planning to do some studying and it coincides with the Royal Wedding. No doubt any failure of this course will not be your fault?

    I think its great, but it's another chance for the BBC to allow the lefty bash-the-country minority a voice it shouldn't really be allowed to have at this event of the century.

  • Comment number 23.

    Don't know the couple, and won't be watching. Just annoyed I am losing a day's income for a day off I don't want. But that was Cameron's decision not their's. I would expect to be forced to take a day off for such an event in North Korea but not here. what ever happended to free choice?

  • Comment number 24.

    The wall-to-wall 24/7 media coverage of this inconsequential non-event makes fools of us all. Does the Buckingham Palace PR office think our lives are so empty and devoid of meaning that all we want to think about is this over-privileged, socially useless pair of idiots?

    Still, it's a convenient smoke screen to divert attention away from the destruction of the welfare state being perpetrated by the current government.

  • Comment number 25.

    I'm looking forward to it. For me, it's another chance to spend time with my family. I wish both Will & Kate ever happiness.

    Post #13 - Not sure about the library you attend, but when I was at university they used to let me borrow the books for a week or so.

  • Comment number 26.

    Couldn't care less. Hopefully it'll spur more people on to junking the monarchy in favour of a republic.

  • Comment number 27.

    An enforced unpaid day off on one hand, but I do have a big pile of dirt that needs to be moved so will use the day to get that done.

    As to the cost, it pales into insignificance when compared to the waste of money in other areas; Foreign Wars, Overseas aid to BRIC countries, EU budget, Bank bail outs, A Population Census in a country that has no record of who comes and who leaves etc etc.

  • Comment number 28.

    What are the BBC going to have on HYS once it is all over, there are many much more relevant topics for a real discussion happening at the moment, such as the events in Syria, Libya, Bahrain. Not to mention the NHS, teachers possibly going on strike, the AV referendum etc etc

    Yet what are the topics being offered for discussion - Royal wedding: Love it or hate it? and ..... well that's it really. We had a minor discussion about AV & Nick Clegg for a day or so, but I've got a feeling this one will be kept open for some days.

    Selective reporting seems to have become the norm for the BBC in recent months, where is the article about Blair & Brown not being invited to the Royal Wedding, Libya reporting disappeared for days when it was not going our way.

    I haven't noticed any articles regarding the controversial decision to invite the crown prince of Bahrain to the wedding, despite the killing of protestors in this country.

    This tory government are not only using spin, they seem to have gained a lot of editorial control over the very media outlets which we had grown to trust as being reasonably honest with their reporting.

  • Comment number 29.

    'But, I am probably in a minority and will continue to contribute towards the up keep of this privileged family through my tax £££.'

    As you will see from this message board you are far from being in the minority! Despite how much we are told by the media that we WILL be excited by this event, the vast majority of this country is either uninterested or sick to death of it already.

    It does seem very much an English thing though as I know very few people in Scotland who are even slightly interested. If it wasn't for the English media we wouldn't even know anything was happening...

  • Comment number 30.

    The wedding itself? I neither love nor hate it, but am completely indifferent. I don't know the people involved and they have no relevance to me whatsover.

    I am, though, less happy at the media bombardment, and the way the Windsors are not reported on, but just given a load of PR that is an embarrassment to this island's alleged status as a democracy.

    I am also unhappy at the huge security cost of this event coming out of the public purse at a time like this. And the fact we will all end up paying for the day off in the end. It seems a typical royal family trick - they get the credit for the day off, but businesses pick up the cost (estimated by the CBI at £6 billion), which will mean lower tax revenues, another increase to the level of debt and guess which mugs will have to foot that bill (and in fact probably already are)?

    And finally talking of mugs - the Windsors then have the cheek to outsource the production of the tacky table memorabilia that will accompany this event to the Guangxi Sanhuan Group in China. So much for having the country's interests at heart rather than their own.

  • Comment number 31.

    19. At 12:15pm 26th Apr 2011, littletenter wrote:
    I had an eye surgery appointment cancelled (after a long wait) because the hospital too is closed for the royal wedding.Put the Prols. in their place eh !

    Sorry, but this events been known about for ages, shouldn't you be complaining that the NHS isn't good enough at planning ahead, rather than some bitter chip on your shoulder class struggle nonsense that even Ed Milliband might think twice before using it anyway?

  • Comment number 32.

    The whole thing is just a colossal and obscenely expensive smokescreen to distract from the carnage Cameron & Co are inflicting on the people of this Country. When all the flag waving is over hundreds of thousands of people will find they are facing a very bleak future. The money spent on this Parade of the Privileged could be put to much better use in providing care for the Elderly and the long term Chronically Ill.
    It is a disgraceful extravagance this Country cannot afford. And if it ends in tears, as so many previous Royal Couplings have, can the Taxpayers expect a refund? No.

  • Comment number 33.

    I'm guessing under the rules any real comments I have would be subject to Mr Moderator intervention. Its alleged that those who favour a Republic have experienced some form of unfairness in their attempts to stage alternative events on the same day! Any real movement to change will face a well driven establisment machine that covers popular media etc to portray a very much one sided view. Certainly a greater chance for a Scottish Republic happening in my childerens lifetime! Any assets owned by the Windsors in this little part of the UK, I'm hopeful will be sequestrated by a Scottish State.

  • Comment number 34.

    What's all this I've been hearing about a wedding?

  • Comment number 35.

    I neither love, nor hate, "The Royal Wedding". But I am firmly of the opinion that this wedding is absolutely no more special than that of any other couple, be they celebrated or anonymous in the public eye. The real sickening aspect is that we are suffering from an enforced three week break in the F1 calendar. What was wrong with having the wedding in December or January ?

  • Comment number 36.

    Someone may have already addressed this but, if the wedding is publicly funded and costs several million pounds, why is it not subject to the same austerity measures as everyone else? It seems especially insensitive when nearly everyone else in the society has to feel the pain of cuts but this million pound wedding does not.

  • Comment number 37.

    Royal wedding: Love it or hate it?
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    I don't know, it hasn't happened yet.

  • Comment number 38.

    . At 11:51am 26th Apr 2011, The Word wrote:
    'There are many people all over the world that would consider one bread roll on William and Kate's banquet table a lavish meal.'

    Yeah, and 20,000 pensioners died in last year because they could not pay for the fuel to heat their homes, which is double the price because of green taxes. But hey, who said the world was fair?

  • Comment number 39.

    I care no more or less than I do for any other wedding. I returned to the UK over three years ago and I have worked very hard since as a lecturer through an agency. I have a modest life-style - no mortgage, no car, no extravagance, and yet the cost of simply surviving has run me up 10 000 pounds of debt since my return. I cannot afford to live, I cannot afford to work. To make matters worse, my contract was cancelled because of cuts. I started claiming my 65 pounds a week in benefits, half of which goes straight back to government through council tax (I am trying to get a reduction on this). Now the government has pushed this royal wedding boat out, coincidentally at a time when the nation was beginning to riot. Do they seriously expect people like me to be excited by watching this extravagance when I have been a loyal and highly skilled professional doing an important job and contributing to society and for what - a massive escalating debt? I don't give a monkey's, to put it politely. The British establishment has done nothing for me except to drive me out of two professions, because of their meddling, and to give me a massive debt I cannot pay. I used to work as a first class scientist whose skills were highly sought after, but I left as I became disillusioned with government meddling in funding. I became an FE lecturer and was driven near to insanity by bad working conditions, excessive work-loads, the IfL and their teacher tax, Ofsted and its dodgy 'political' inspection criteria, and then by the fact that my job paid peanuts for what was actually some 60 hours work a week (agency staff are poorly paid in FE). Everyone told me I was doing an excellent job, but I could not cope with government tinkering and interference, and then, cuts come and my work dries up. I hate this country, it is governed primarily by evil.

  • Comment number 40.

    16. At 12:04pm 26th Apr 2011, OrangeNoodle wrote:

    'I will watch it feeling proud to be British! Where has patriotism gone these days?

    Patriotism can only exist when nationality is an exclusive club. Labour deliberately allowed anyone to be British so that few people would care any more. After 13 years of Labour there is no sense of belonging to anything.

  • Comment number 41.

    Westminster Abbey and the Mall will certainly be the last refuge of scoundrels on Friday.

  • Comment number 42.

    It's just a matter of time before the Royal Family and Aristrocratic class system is abolished. I love my country and nationalism but why should I celebrate for unelected heads of state? Roll on a Republic that’s what I say.

  • Comment number 43.

    As a so-called "Yank" living across the pond I can't understand why the media here is broadcasting this affair. I'm all for good trans-atlantic relations but as far as I'm concerned we gave the monarchy the boot over two hundred years ago. While this is a major deal for the Brits I'm more concerned on who will the Green Bay Packers pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

  • Comment number 44.

    We are paying for this wedding, I for 1 would like to know what happened to the publics wedding invites?? Also I want my tax money back, I pay tax for the country, not for greedy selfish royals, i speak for most

  • Comment number 45.

    29. At 12:27pm 26th Apr 2011, BigSean73 wrote:

    'If it wasn't for the English media we wouldn't even know anything was happening...'

    Other than the Old Firm result of course.


  • Comment number 46.

    I'm more concerned on who will the Green Bay Packers pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
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    lol

  • Comment number 47.

    Couldn't give a monkeys.

  • Comment number 48.

    I'm pleased for William and Kate but won't be watching the coverage of their wedding, frankly I find the media coverage of this event to be exaggerated and much over-hyped. Best of luck to them but I have opted to work on Friday as my company will struggle because of this extra bank holiday!

  • Comment number 49.

    This wedding day holiday is costing me a fortune in holiday pay. I shall be working to recoup my losses. Saying that, my congratulations to the couple on their special day, I will be toasting them in ale, whether they like it or not. I will also be celebrating my exit from HYS, which has become a waste of time.

  • Comment number 50.

    Looking at the "robust" police presence, I hope the cost is being borne by the bride's father and not me/us taxpayers. I can't believe that in the current economic climate the taxpayer will be expected to foot any part of the bill for this grand show and jamboree.

  • Comment number 51.

    Hate it - the whole thing is utter nonsense, going to cost millions in security and is being rammed down our disinterested throats by a sycophantic media.

    They're flogging Wills and Kate the movie for £9 in Asda, it's bloody everywhere!! Thanks for the day off, I never asked for it, but my work's shut and I've no choice but to be off, but don't think it'll bribe me into watching, me and my other half are off to the cinema to watch three flicks in a single day to avoid it all.

  • Comment number 52.

    im sick of hearing about it. i fail to see with all the actual news going on in the world this continues to be a major event like it means ANYTHING for any of us. as with any couple i wish them well with their life together but its just an example of pointless celebrity coverage gone wild. it must be costing us tens if not hundreds of millions to provide police security alone let alone anything else. its JUST A WEDDING but its been latched onto by the media as a marketing tool and little else. i'll be glad when its over so i dont have to see it on the news and see programmes about it on TV. theres so much going on in the world, countries at war, huge unrest all over the world, natural disasters etc and it gets the sideline to this farse. im sorry but william and kate should have had some sort of responsibility and asked to tone it all down. were in a recession with huge job cuts, rising costs and a useless and damaging government in power the last thing we need to do is be spending the amount we are on it. its a royal wedding but this is 2011 no 1011, dispense with the lavish pompery and live in the real world. it makes a wonderful distraction though i suppose and mr cameron is encouraging it as much as possible it'll keep peoples minds off the utter hole he's driving the country into.

    get married already and then shut up about it, its just a wedding, it happens to people every minute of every day somewhere without all the hype. they are humans and just because they belong to a pointless and redundant tourist based monachy doesn't warrent 5000 police officers NOT doing their normal job to baby sit a wedding. the whole thing is ridiculous.

  • Comment number 53.

    The whole caboodle is an insult to our collective intelligence, and a vast support to the criminal class/wealth system we suffer.

  • Comment number 54.

    25. At 12:24pm 26th Apr 2011, tigalilly wrote:

    I'm looking forward to it. For me, it's another chance to spend time with my family. I wish both Will & Kate ever happiness.

    Looking forward to what?... are you related to them in some way or a friend?...are you going to the wedding? ... the use of the nabmes 'Will and Kate' would certainly seem to suggest you know them.

    If not then your post seems to suggest that you have bought into the whole 'Mills and Boon' love story that the media have served up in which case I'd wait for the Hollywood version if I were you.

    I agree with your ethos of enjoying a day off with the family I just wouldn't want to waste it in sat in front of the telly watching another soap opera

  • Comment number 55.

    I am so grateful that the BBC are once again asking for our comments on the royal wedding. It is an honour to be invited to comment on the important things involving our country. It will be a big day for all the journaists and media folk who have been looking forward to it so much. Don't forget to cover the anti-royalist protests as well - all in the name of objective reporting. I also hope the BBC will have a space in the Cathedral, after all the Christian bashing that it has being supporting.
    As for me - looking forward to a day out with my dogs.

  • Comment number 56.

    Have we ruled out the possibility that someone might wake up on a ferry heading to Calais, or that someone might say no!

  • Comment number 57.

    Being old enough to have lived through several Royal 'events', I can definitely say there's a distinct lack of enthusiasm for this one, compared to previous. The institution is gradually fading, and probably won't be with us in another generation or two. Personally, I'd love it if nobody bothered going... it would be hilarious to see them all standing around looking bewildered at the empty streets... and the rest of the population just getting on with their lives.

    As for me, I don't have a day off anyway: I'll be working, but at least I'll be getting paid, and will be able to avoid the hysteria of the media.

  • Comment number 58.

    I could only be less interested if I was dead. I am slightly interested in why I'm paying for our German / Greek royal family to have a posh wedding. The whole lot of them need to get a job.

  • Comment number 59.

    Glad of the day off, no more no less than that.

    I dont however agree with these anti royal family comments. Their ancestors helped put us in the privileged position we are in today and they should be respected for that, very much a part of our proud history (cant see there being much to shout about in the future if Britain and its ideals, beliefs, laws and cultures are stamped out any further). Our royal family sets us apart from other countries.

    Not much in Britain is British these days, the family represents a small part that hasnt been stripped from our identity.

  • Comment number 60.

    far too much of it on the BBC with reporters reduced to interviewing passers by who then politely show enthusiasm. Report on the wedding on Friday by all means but there are plenty of other things going on in the world to report on without this constant inane wedding drivel beforehand.

  • Comment number 61.

    I see the usual cynics are dripping about the costing of this event instead of looking on the bright side and seeing what it does for our otherwise dour sneering society.
    Ironic that our media, (mainly owned by two republicans), will benefit hugely from the 2 BILLION people watching the event from around the world. Even Australia has got Royal fever again.
    Our Royal Family are a valuable asset to the country and I wish the young couple all the best.
    (I thank God for a Royal Family otherwise we would have President Brown).

  • Comment number 62.

    If you believe the media (especially the BBC) everyone is hugely excited about this.

    The truth is the majority couldn't give a stuff.

    And why should they, when their wage packets are being diminished by the ever rising cost of living and pay freezes by greedy private sector employers, whilst the wealthy and those in the establishment carry on living as though there is no recession?

    What would they gain from watching a bunch of toffs whose wedding and consequent celebrations WE the taxpayer are paying for?

    Of course you get the airhead minority who can't see beyond their noses and don't realise they're being fleeced while the establishment laugh at them - and they are the ones who'll you see in the interviews saying they are hugely excited about this event.

    So the sooner this event is over the better, perhaps then we can get back to seeing some more constructive and worthy journalism.

  • Comment number 63.

    Wait a minute!! This question for comment is back to the old HYS format. Unlimited characters and no Editor's Pick. Very Big of you BBC.

    The Royal Wedding will be beautiful. Millions of viewers will tune in to see the pageantry, the wedding dress and the Who's Who. I appreciate the people behind the scenes who will use their talent to make this perfection. It will be uplifting to see something elegant in place of the mediocre we are subjected to day after day.

    I hope the press lets this be a positive occasion - its a wedding - leave your agenda out of it.

  • Comment number 64.

    As i am getting hitched in July , I will chose to avoid it as i cant be doing with another day of weddings but thank you for having it on a friday so i can be off work. all the best too them , but i have absoloutley no interest or desire to see /hear about it any more. Its not like we have found a cure for cancer.

  • Comment number 65.

    On today's BBC One O' Clock news I've just heard a BBC reporter claiming that the American public can't get enough of the royal wedding. This lazy bromide is presumably based on the large number of networks the camera panned round to show and not the fact that a major poll published yesterday revealed 65% of Americans interviewed in a large sampling showed absolutely no interest in the event whatsoever.

  • Comment number 66.

    If this is what the royalists want, then good luck to them.
    The expense, though, is a killer.
    How much does losing a whole working day's economic activity cost? That's about 0.3% of the GDP. Roughly £4 billion.
    That's too much.
    Maybe Liz can chip in?

  • Comment number 67.

    31. At 12:28pm 26th Apr 2011, OffMeter wrote:
    19. At 12:15pm 26th Apr 2011, littletenter wrote:
    I had an eye surgery appointment cancelled (after a long wait) because the hospital too is closed for the royal wedding.Put the Prols. in their place eh !

    Sorry, but this events been known about for ages, shouldn't you be complaining that the NHS isn't good enough at planning ahead, rather than some bitter chip on your shoulder class struggle nonsense that even Ed Milliband might think twice before using it anyway?

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    Sorry to have upset you. Was the retort really necessary? I think its you need to shift the chip. Class struggle, what? Did I say it was NHS.
    I suppose the hospital knew about the royal weddning. They probably didnt know my complications would coincide & I would be starting to go blind about now. I simply would sooner have been attending an appointment just as the other person wanted the library. You just enjoy the day off. I hope your never frightened to death your going blind or something and have appointments to try & sort it cancelled for something as important as a royal wedding. Cheers for the good wishes by the way....

  • Comment number 68.

    Work as a temp, so had to use own holiday to take off the Friday so these guys can have their wedding and Cameron gets some positive electioneering exposure.

    I was on the fence between republican and royalist leanings but am now firmly against the idea.

  • Comment number 69.

    I represent the Hong Kong citizen wish to the Prince William and Kate middleton happy wedding. I hope can visit worldwide meet the masses on the days.

  • Comment number 70.

    By my calculations, 5500 applications for street parties, with 200 people attending each one, means 1.83% of the population will be attending street parties. Even being extremely generous, I reckon less than 10% of the population of this country will be actively celebrating the wedding. So much for the British people loving the royals!

  • Comment number 71.

    I am not a royalist but am a realist and understand the benefits the Monarchy brings to our country. The Royal family has a lifestyle unlike any others but that lifestyle also has its huge personal costs.

    So we have the Royal wedding; a particularly special day for two people that will be both enjoyed and celebrated by many around the globe. Few event offers such pleasure and this one is taking place at the heart of the Commonwealth!

    Accordingly I hope their day goes well and is enjoyed by many. Certainly I'll lift a glass and toast them good luck, good fortune and thank them for the bank holiday!

  • Comment number 72.

    Oh! Is there going to be a Royal Wedding? Someone really should have mentioned it.

  • Comment number 73.

    Come on BBC, not all of us are royalists, we do not care about this couple.

    How much money is the BBC wasting on this event, especially as we are in a global recession.

  • Comment number 74.

    The wedding itself is great and a true cause for national celebration

    However, like most people, I'm sick to the back teeth of the excessive media coverage. Three days to go and BBC News seems intent on 24/7 coverage of crowd barriers being erected. I think this underlines more than anything that the BBC has turned itself into an online version of OK magazine rather than being a serious and insightful news organisation.

  • Comment number 75.

    Having remembered the fabulous-looking wedding of Charles and Lady Diana Spencer - and the subsequent heartache caused over many years by Prince Charles on Princess Diana - our family will be happy to see Prince William getting married and wish him happiness and commend him for his future personal integrity to his new wife, Catherine.

    Yes, this will be good for business for UK plc., but equally important will be a new start for a genuine royal marriage love match we have not seen in a generation?

    No marriage is perfect, but reiterate that Prince Charles really behaved and betrayed beyond the pale in his arrogant behaviour. I assume this will not get past the Mods.

  • Comment number 76.

    Cannot say I'm a Royalist but I can relate to this wedding bank holiday celebration far more than the death of a man in foreign lands a couple of thousand years ago....

  • Comment number 77.

    So....

  • Comment number 78.

    When everything and anything worth celebrating has been torn down - on the grounds that it's 'religious' or 'outdated' or 'pointless' - and every single day is just another boring stepping stone on the way to our graves, then we will have something to moan about. A royal wedding like this is gloriously British - a priceless feast of true fairytale opulence. In these times of economic unfairness it is a good leveller - in its own way it shows that no matter how much money you have, there are things that not even hedge fund managers and movie stars can buy! It is as far beyond the reach of billionaire fat cat bankers and football stars as it is for dustmen and loo cleaners.

  • Comment number 79.

    To take your questions in order: I won't be watching the wedding or attending a party because I will be working, as will hundreds of thousands of others who don't work for the public sector and therefore don't get a 'free' holiday.
    It has nothing to do with being a spoilsport - it's called earning a living.
    As to the BBC hype - have you nothing better to report and why have you wasted so much of our money covering it?

  • Comment number 80.

    So, two very rich young people are to get married at the public exspence.i am sick and tired to death of the sycophantic clap trap being pushed at us day and night. Whilst I would wish no ill to any young couple (or old for that matter) I feel it is about time that the population of this country grew up and stopped thinking that acident of birth somehow makes one the repository of all the talents and wisdom. This is a non event in the larger picture of our world let the "Royal Family" fade away and the people of this land become citizens as against subjects.

  • Comment number 81.

    It’s a wedding of people I have never met so although I wish them well I really have no feelings or thoughts abut it personally.

    However, its a nuisance losing 2 working days when the UK is already in deep economic debt and I think the wedding would have been better arranged had it fitted within the existing Easter bank holiday break.

  • Comment number 82.

    At 11:59am 26th Apr 2011, R wrote:
    I'm actually quite annoyed by it, to be honest. My university's library is closed for the day (like it was closed for the whole of the ridiculous religious holiday weekend...), and with deadlines looming I would much rather be in there, away from any distractions.
    ________________________________________
    You do understand the concept of a library? You can take the books home with you! Who knew?!

  • Comment number 83.

    It's not the forthcoming Royal Wedding or the Royal Family itself that I hate; it's the Media!
    Many of the comments posted on this HYS reflect the "me-me-me" / "must-have" / "must-see" self-centred society this nation is turning into, all of which is media led.
    This country is becoming a very sad and selfish place if we cannot wish each other well in times of happiness.
    I wish Prince William and Kate Middleton all the very best for the future.

  • Comment number 84.

    I assume that everybody here who claims to have no interest in the wedding has insisted to their boss that they work this Friday with no day in Lieu required and or more money? Or is this simply a case of people once again exploiting an opportunity with the words "what can I get out of this" running through their heads? Doesn't surprise me!

  • Comment number 85.

    I would feel a whole lot more enthusiastic about the forthcoming wedding if TV, radio, magazines and newspapers would just shut up about it for 5 minutes! Why are they ramming it down our throats all the time? The next 5 days are going to be absolutely unbearable on TV and radio. You simply could not get away from it even if you wanted to! Don't get me wrong, I wish the happy couple all the very best, but I just feel like I'm being told how happy and enthusiastic I should be. Which is turning me right off...

    It'll be interesting to see just how much air time the BBC gives to the space shuttle Endeavour's final launch which also takes place on Friday. And should also be worthy of at least equal news coverage.

  • Comment number 86.

    I wish them about the same amount of goodwill that I would wish any other marrying couple who I don't know, have never met and in all likelihood will never meet. It will not effect me much at all.

    I expect I'll spend the day playing computer games and then it's a friends birthday that evening so we're having a birthday party.

  • Comment number 87.

    As so often happens these days with too much media and not enough news, this essentially happy story is being blown out of the water by the sheer extent of the 'news' coverage - or more accurately "non-news" about it. Give us a break! And have you seen the plan for Friday? 9.00am - highlight - "the church doors prepare to open". My goodness, will the universe survive? Private Eye writers Phil Page and Philippa Space are being kept very busy. Unlike the BBC commentary team every 10 yards along the route.

  • Comment number 88.

    Sick of the royals. Thats enough effort of reply on the matter. Apart from an eventual official complaint to the BBC that, as with the Pope's visit, the sycophancy displayed by the public broadcaster to an anachronistic and socially harmful institution, in terms of its anti-democratic and anti-ethical features, is nauseating in the extreme.

  • Comment number 89.

    Fact of the matter is this, (and this is coming from somebody who is not a Royals fanatic) the Queen is the only thing stopping government from doing whatever the hell it is they want, she protects more land, buildings and wildlife in this country than any of us combined, both Prince Harry and William have paid their dues in Afghan, raised more money for charity than most of us could make in 30 lifetimes and the Prince's Trust does amazing things for young people in this country. Not to mention tourism and the plain old fact that it's tradition, this countries heritage. People are so quick to condemn this country for the lack of patriotism, well look where it comes from!! If all of the above is costing you £1 per year, then except it, be gracious and go out and earn yourself a life of luxury if this is what you resent? Or maybe try and raise as much for charity before you complain!

  • Comment number 90.

    In a way I am not going, be watching it I can
    not stand that type of thing. It is starting to get
    very boring the sooner it is over the better.

  • Comment number 91.

    Could not really care just hope they have a happy marriage and William does not do a Charles on Catherine. Rather have them as the next King and Queen than Charles. It is great news for the people who get a paid day off, however my husband is self employed and the firm he is working for is closed so he will not be paid. Who is going to help us make up the loss. If the Royals really cared about the problems this country has at the moment then they should of held the wedding on a Saturday.This would not of caused so many problems with extra holidays, for small business and the self employed.

  • Comment number 92.

    It's a day off, so I'll be taking full advantage of that. Looks like it's going to be sunny in Manchester, and it's going to rain in London. Makes a nice change!

  • Comment number 93.

    I'm not that interested in the royal wedding and I don't intend to watch it...HOWEVER, I really can't stand these ridiculous comments on HYS whinning and moaning about how much coverage there is and belittle people for being interested and wanting to watch it.

    As i've got the day off I intend to spend out and about on my bike. I don't care if it's on TV all day on all channels and I don't have to switch on the TV and I can just ignore the hype...it really is that simple so please just quite your whinging.

  • Comment number 94.

    If there is anyone out there who has some paint that wants watching whilst drying, just to let you know I'm free all day on the 29th.

  • Comment number 95.

    When news of their engagement was first announced, I had no strong reaction either way. I was even a little pleased for this young couple who had found happiness together. In the past few weeks however, the media hype and has turned me off the whole thing. It is the reverential tones of the BBC, Daily Mail etc, every time “the wedding” is mentioned, that really grates. It feels like I am being told what to think – and I hate that! Please, please BBC, just stop going on about it. And when you do report the wedding as a news item (which you inevitably must), please stop talking about it in such fawning terms.

  • Comment number 96.

    79. At 14:09pm 26th Apr 2011, crickedneck wrote:
    To take your questions in order: I won't be watching the wedding or attending a party because I will be working, as will hundreds of thousands of others who don't work for the public sector and therefore don't get a 'free' holiday.
    It has nothing to do with being a spoilsport - it's called earning a living.
    As to the BBC hype - have you nothing better to report and why have you wasted so much of our money covering it?

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I think you've missed something...it's an official BANK HOLIDAY, which means that your employer can't force you to work it (unless you have some clause in your contract of employment about working bank holidays in general).

    I also work in the private sector and I'll be taking the day off as will millions of other private sector workers...so I don't know why you've singled out public sector workers?

  • Comment number 97.

    I will take a look at the wedding itself because pageantry is fun (and its nice to see people dressed up - so rare these days).

    But:

    I find the pre-wedding obsessing by US morning news programs on the creepy side (obsessing on Diana and pulling out all of the old interviews) or annoying (Display of Queen Victorias and other royal wedding gowns would have interesting except that half the TV screen was covered with network logo and banners proclaiming in print what the announcer was saying) so I surf out of most of the pre-wedding hoopla (although sometimes the other morning shows are also doing it at the same time or worse Lindsey Lohan/Charlie Sheen).



  • Comment number 98.

    We don't do this every day. Enjoy it, chill out and have fun. All you misery guts that don't like it should remember that 2 billion people will be looking our way on Friday. If you don't want to be one of them you should emigrate to an environment more in line with your republican leanings... China, Saudi Arabia, Burma, North Korea.

  • Comment number 99.

    All those complaining about 'how much the royal wedding is going to cost the tax payer' etc:

    The revenue generated from the wedding in terms of tourism and the sale of merchandise, alcohol and food will almost certainly mean it will pay for itsself.

    Look, I'm not actually interested in the wedding either and I don't intend to watch it...but why is it that it's easy for me to simply ignore it and not get all hot-under-the-collar as many are on this HYS? Yes, there is a lot TV/Radio coverage on the subject at the moment...but there are equally many channels/stations that aren't broadcasting it 24/7.

    Take a big deep breath and realise that in a few days it'll be over and done with, and you probably wont have to go through it all again for 20+ years.

  • Comment number 100.

    89. At 14:24pm 26th Apr 2011, hardatwork wrote:

    "both Prince Harry and William have paid their dues in Afghan, raised more money for charity than most of us could make in 30 lifetimes and the Prince's Trust does amazing things for young people in this country."

    Yeh, it's amazing what people can achieve when they aren't bound by the chains of having to earn a living.

 

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