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

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.

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