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A day before Queen's Day, Dutch media focus on British wedding

Friday 29 April 2011

The wedding of Britain’s prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday dominates the Dutch newspaper websites – with detailed coverage, twitter messages and live blogging from reporters in London.

'Sealed with a kiss’ is the Telegraaf’s headline, above a photo of the pair on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. However, Dutch commentators thought the kiss itself a little fleeting.

The paper pointed out that Dutch crown prince Willem-Alexander and princess Máxima looked ‘radiant’ as they arrived for the church ceremony at Westminister Abbey. The Dutch couple will leave after the reception because of Queen’s Day duties at home on Saturday.


At 15.30, the Volkskrant’s live blog points out that 43 people have been arrested so far, and that security at the abbey is very tight.

Nevertheless, the wedding is the media event of the year, the paper says, before informing its readers that 10,000 canapés have been prepared for the reception.

And Dutch fashion experts consulted by the paper praised Kate’s dress for its simple elegance.

The NRC confines much of its coverage to photo reportage – preferring to concentrate on more serious events in Syria and the capsizing of a ferry in Egypt.

Public broadcaster Nos and commercial channel RTL both broadcast the wedding live.

Trouw includes an analysis of the British royal family in its coverage, headlined: 'First priority, a baby'.

'She is 29 and there is no reason to wait,' Dicky Arbiter, said to be a former press spokesman for Buckingham Palace, told the paper.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

After a very happy Royal Wedding here in Britain, may I wish every loyal citizen in the Netherlands a happy Queen's Day.
We all need more self confidence in our countries' institutions. The trouble is that politicians give us more and more cause for concern about them. So let's rally round the symbols of basic traditional loyalty and sovereignty.

By Edward Spalton | 29 April 2011 4:03 PM

I forgot to mention.

It was Margaret Thatcher who said that people who thought a politician would be a better head of state than a constitutional monarch ought to become acquainted with more politicians.

By Edward | 29 April 2011 4:16 PM

Congratulations to the newlyweds. I celebrate your union, for no political reason, but because it's the happiest day of your lives and everyone is entitled to one day of unmitigated joy and happiness.

Have children only when you are ready for them, not because a bored media is already baying for them. Enjoy your lives in North Wales, a wonderful part of the country, far removed from 'the capital.'

By osita | 29 April 2011 8:30 PM

Many 'not the royal wedding' parties held today and not much reported by the press. Surveys show majority of British not interested in the royal wedding at all with many against the royalty, again not reported.

By Paul MGinity | 30 April 2011 6:55 AM

They say 1 million watched yesterday.Well that would suggest that an overwhelming majority like me chose to ignore the royals.

By Jason Buttle | 30 April 2011 10:53 AM

The press here report that 24.5 million watched the wedding. There is only 31 million homes in the UK with televisions so thats impressive if true.

I was one of the people who didnt watch.

Happy Queens Day etc

By James Simpson | 30 April 2011 4:04 PM

@Paul MGinity,

and what surveys would they be, by the bloggosphere? All reports say that interest and support in the Monarchy has sharply grown and, if we wish to be accurate, was always constantly sufficient to ensure its' survival.

It is better to make claims with backup.

By Donny vdH | 1 May 2011 3:34 PM

Thousands of official street parties and many other parties and celebrations in UK, 25 million watched the event on Uk television( where do they get these figures from?) absolutely wonderful atmosphere in UK, the majority of people very very interested , it is the media that likes to portray a nagative reaction, only very few not interested.80% population in favour of the Queen. Long live the monarchy,

By julie | 2 May 2011 8:24 AM

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