Will the Kate and William Marriage last?

Posted by Lakshmi Gopal on Fri, Apr 29, 2011  
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Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton are getting married today, the 29th of April, 2011. As the whole world watches the Royal Wedding with bated breath, the question on everyone’s minds is, ‘Will theirs be a successful pairing in the long run?’


Comparisons in this regard, to Prince William’s parents’ wedding are but natural.


How can we ever forget the Royal Wedding of 29th July 1981, three decades ago, when Prince Charles and Lady Diana had arrived at Westminster Abbey to dazzle the adoring crowds? I was far from my teens then but old enough to understand the lives of princes and princesses - a throwback from childhood years of reading fairytales!


The front cover of the Sunday magazine had held me spellbound – it featured the royal couple in a snow-white background, up close and smiling with Diana wearing her famous Ceylon sapphire engagement ring. They were engaged to be married and the newspapers were full of stories on little details regarding their lives, how they met and their impending union.


Even now, when I look at pictures of Princess Diana from those years that seem like another era, she seems that wondrous, bejewelled, ethereal being who had descended upon earth to show ordinary mortals what beauty and compassion is.


Coming to Kate Middleton, the late Princess Diana’s would-be daughter in law, she’s surely the outgoing, middleclass girl of the 21st century. There’s also something very solid and practical about her – nothing ethereal or fairy-like. She’s earthy and real – no laces and frills.


Diana’s son likewise, is the down-to-earth, sensitive and caring husband material. He doesn’t flaunt the arrogance of royal descent like his father Prince Charles did.


With such compatible personalities, Kate and William’s marriage is sure to succeed in the long run. The couple have already announced that they intend to ‘buckle down to their jobs’ and live a ‘middle-class life with no servants’. This will keep them busy, help them live out their life in peace in an ‘ordinary’ existence and also help them fend off anti-royalists with grace.


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