April 29th – Save the date

by Simon Black
The Royal Wedding Event - April 29th 2011 Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters
April 29th 2011: Not only is it Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding or the 66th wedding anniversary for Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, and the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising ending in Ireland.  It is also the crucial week before the Scottish 2011 Poll, and many feel it could pave the way for anti-monarchist politicians to hijack the wedding celebrations.


With the announcement that the Royal Wedding has been scheduled for April 29th 2011, it has been received with various issues and questions raised about the date which may cause further controversy for the young couple.

“It is rather unfortunate timing,” said John Curtice, Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University. “You are likely to see the Royal Family getting caught up in political debate.”

A wedding day is a daunting moment in any young couples relationship. Throw in the cynical British public and the verbosity of the British press and you have a party which could get out of hand. The date has been announced as a public holiday in both England and Scotland but the main problem with this inappropriate date is the suspicious political timing.

“The timing of the wedding is entirely a matter for the Royal Family. It’s their day, they should choose the date.” says Alex Salmond and Nick Clegg admits he is happy with the date and that it  “It will remind people it is good to say yes.” This further fuels the fire that the wedding date was a political move, rather than convenience.
Political issues disrupt wedding. Photograph: Reuters

A lavish wedding of this magnitude leaves the couple vulnerable to scrutiny as politicians have a ready-made soap box next April which will coincide with the May 5th Poll and media coverage. Crucial elections scheduled for the 5th May are also being affected in Northern Ireland and Wales and campaigns are beginning to postpone these elections.

Many politicians feel the Polls will go unaffected and David Cameron has ignored the postponement requests. With the fence split there is no obvious indication of what we are to expect come April but many feel the event should be regarded as history in the making.

The British are fascinated with the history of the country. From tales of Henry VIII to the legacy of Queen Victoria we love our background. Although there is a fatigue with the Royal Family in the modern world, tradition and history should still be considered a constant.

The tax payer will be accountable for the security bill, which is projected at £5m, but if the British public are happy to pay for a foreign religious head to grace our country, a historic Royal Wedding which will depict an iconic moment in the history of the country should be celebrated.