It is not rare to find a small town peppered with congratulatory signs and greetings from the local shops when a high school football star has made it big, but when it is an entire nation cheering your name, that is a different story.
Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton are due to tie the knot on Friday, and no one could say for certain whether it is the happy couple themselves or England as a whole that is most excited. Luckily for me, a small-town girl who made her way across the world, I am here in London to witness the wedding of the century.
I have been studying abroad in Kingston, about 30 minutes from central London, since last September. But it wasn’t until this month that the wedding excitement truly began to flourish.
In these final days before the ceremony, companies are mass-producing Royal Wedding paraphernalia, Will and Kate collector’s edition magazines and any product printed with a Union Jack and watching them fly off the shelves as the international community prepares to witness the nuptials of Princess Diana’s first-born son. I, myself, have customized a T-shirt that reads: “Will asked me first, but I said no,” and a ring modeled after Diana’s famous diamond-surrounded blue sapphire for the small price of £2 for the big day.
— By Danielle Lucksted, Special to the Tribune
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