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Gabriel Gatehouse, UK affairs correspondent for the BBC World Service discusses Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding set for 100 days from today.
Your Royal Highness The United Kingdom Crown Prince William and Your Serene Highness Miss Catherine Middleton, Your Royal Wedding Day has come and goes, but may Your great love forever grow and grow like an oak that has lots of acorns every year.
Dear distinguished and noble personalities, may all Your dreams and fantasies come true, and love blossoms together! May Your marriage be happy and blessed!
Sincerely and warmly wishing You all the joys of a long and happy life together.
Yours sincerely,Gintaras Kavarskas, English teacher, English and American writer, defender of the Lithuania Freedom around and on January 13th in 1991 in Vilnius, Master student from September 2007 to 2011 at Vilnius University
Hi, Brian, I think it’s great that Kate Middleton is marrying into the British Royal family. It is a great thing, because to be honest about it, what woman wouldn’t want to marry a prince? I wish I had married a prince. I have 4 nieces and someday I would want them to marry princes or at least dukes. Princess Diana, Prince William’s mother, put royalty back on the map. I feel that up in Heaven she is smiling and wishing her son and future bride the best. Eugenia Renskoff
I actually got a chuckle from one of Brian's quick quips... The guest said his little bit about we Americans being the most obsessed with the royal wedding to come, and geesh, isn't that ironic since we fought a war to separate from Britain. sounded pretty canned. Brian cracked me up with his quick reply... something like Well, yeh, we did win that war remember. A little thing, but I laughed out loud. You go, Brian.
Why must Brian Lehrer, along with the majority of American commentators and announcers, pronounce the name of the royal palace as "Bucking-HAM," as if it were a type of ham? He wouldn't say "GREEN-witch Village," would he?
I'm English and moved here in the 70's and am not a monarchist. I don't adore/revere the Queen. I admire her as one admires a trained and groomed racehorse/workhorse.I'm probably like many Brits - conflicted about the institution. Like the traditions and history and pageantry - hate how elitist and expensive (they) it all is in a country that can't afford it. When the present Queen dies I think the monarch will fade in public interest and support.
This may be a little off topic, but I, a 3rd generation American of German/Russian ancestry, think I understand the fascination with the British Royals. Silly as it may sound, I imagine them as the ultimate guarantor of the justice and the rule of law, probably a legacy of King Arthur's Round Table. My reading of American history is that the American colonists rebelled because they saw George III as failing to deliver justice.
Why all the hype because an English prince is getting hitched? There are lots of princes elsewhere in the world (e.g. Saudi Arabia), yet the media ignores all of their weddings.
Double standard at work here? Let's at least be consistent.
too many sheep, this segment is putting me to sleep. good thing its only 5 minutes.
Just once, I'd love to hear an Irish-American guest speaking about this wedding, though that interview would mostly consist of yawning.
Then again, I'd love to hear more than one segment per year on WNYC about Ireland.
Ridiculousness. Not just this, but the whole tabloid/entertainment/celebrity complex. You don't know these people. They're not your friends, not your family.
Sorry, Brian - this segment is even worse than the last.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! What next, are you going to cover the World Cup?? This isn't fair, I put an ocean between me and Britain, only to find that because of my accent everyone just loves to talk about those inbreds that I have ABSOLUTELY NO INTEREST IN. Now my last refuge has let me down. Et tu Brian, Et tu???
Get a life/ job(?) Diane and following caller.
Oh no! I thought I'd escaped all of this when I crossed the Pond.
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