Prince William and Kate : Kiss for the kingdom
The impending marriage of Prince William and "commoner" Kate Middleton is hardly a new chapter in the monarchy, as many British tabloids would have it. At 1.25pm next Friday, just before the British capital succumbs to the roar of a military flyover, Catherine Middleton will join her new husband,
Prince William of Wales, for what royal aides have dubbed ''the balcony moment''. Framed by family and with up to a million well-wishers milling in the streets below, the newlyweds, Prince William and Kate will appear in the very spot where Diana Spencer shyly kissed her new husband on the day of their marriage 30 years ago.
In the London crowd, and the estimated 2 billion watching on televisions around the world, there may well be some hoping that smile of Prince William , which resembles that of his mother, will be the only echo of that earlier, unhappy union.