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12:45 UK time, Thursday, 18 November 2010

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

It's Royal Engagement+2, and now the initial news has bedded down to form a sedimentary foundation of national wellbeing and delight, the papers are looking to build a veritable principality of stories on top of it that will see us through the months leading up to the wedding itself.

The Sun drafts in what the Magazine's Quote of the Day neatly calls "former iconoclast" John Lydon to lay it on thick with unexpected congratulations.

This, of course, was the man who at the height of 70s punk rock urged God to "save the Queen [and her] fascist regime".

But that was then and since then Lydon, nee Rotten, has thrown in his lot with a host of national institutions such as I'm a Celebrity and Country Life butter.

The tenor of Lydon's piece is one of conciliation and affection as he dismisses class tensions and says how happy he is for the soon-to-be-hitched couple.

He even refers to their romance as a "lovely fairytale".

There's a thoughtful piece of genealogy in the Times, based on the interesting factlet that Kate Middleton's great, great grandfather was a coalminer employed by the Queen Mother's uncle.

The Daily Mail is trumpeting "exclusive" with a picture of Kate Middleton leaving Westminster Abbey.

And of course the Daily Telegraph has a full-length picture of a smiling but slightly tired looking future bride.

Will they have a picture of her on the front tomorrow? Place your bets now.

Away from Wedding-orama, last night's beating of England by France in the togger gave a chance to the subs to show their headline flair.

"French lesson", says the Daily Mail. The Indy tries some sort of proto-pun with "Bleus and boos". "Fabio's Les Miserables" is the Daily Express's take.

But the Sun wins it with "Chumps Elysees".

Or does it?

A quick go of a popular web search engine and we see the rival Daily Mirror used the headline in 2002 for France's embarrassment at the hands of Senegal.

And looking at our newspaper database, the joke may even be older.

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