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Britain Agog With Royal Wedding Announcement

Nov 19, 2010 2:26:31 AM - thesundayleader.lk

By Faraz Shauketaly, in Anglesey, North Wales

Britain needed some form of news to lift it from the depression of the past two years. The credit crunch and high unemployment and a hung parliament was enough to cause a pallor of doom and gloom on the average Brit’s life. The announcement from Clarence House, the Prince of Wale’s London home, that his eldest son and second in line to the British throne, Prince William is to marry Kate Middleton, threw the staid British public into whoops of joy. That Prince William is also the eldest son of the late Princess Royal, Princess Diana, may have had more to do with it. The announcement that Prince William had given Kate Middleton, the same ring that his popular mother wore as her engagement ring, was met with great glee by the British public. Prime Minister David Cameron, who was passed a note of the Royal engagement during a Cabinet meeting, marched outside of Number 10, Downing Street to announce that, the news was “a great day for our country, a great day for the Royal Family and obviously a great day for Prince William and for Kate.”

There was more news to keep the public even more excited, this time though the news excited the people of North Wales more than anyone else. Prince William let it be known that after the marriage he and his new bride intend making their home on the island of Anglesey in North Wales. “Ynys Mon” as the Welsh call Anglesey, is mainly a seasonal tourist destination with wonderful countryside walks and small intimate restaurants. It is also the main sea link to Ireland with the ferry service operating from Holyhead to Dublin.

Prince William who in working life is a member of the Royal Air Force is based at RAF Valley in Anglesey.

Kenya, the country in which Queen Elizabeth II heard that she was to be the Queen of England when her father passed away, was also the country in which Prince William had proposed to Kate Middleton some months ago. It is thought that Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton high up on the slopes of Mount Kenya, 12,500 feet above sea level, to the backdrop of the magnificent Rift Valley. Prince William spent some months during his University gap year working at a wildlife conservation ranch known as Lewa Downs, which is owned by the Craig family in Kenya.

Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, said that he was “very pleased” at the news and added that “they had been practising long enough” in a reference to the 9-year friendship that Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoyed before making their announcement.