The hype machine around the Royal Wedding of the century is running at full throttle. It's hard to keep up with all of the headlines so we've taken the liberty of rounding up some of the more perplexing stories streaming out of blogs, tabloids and newspapers. In some particular order, here's what you need to know about Will and Kate today.
At 29 years-old Kate Middleton is finally a confirmed member of the Church of England
There's nothing odd about a confirmation ceremony; they're conducted for 14 year-olds across the British Isles all the time. But newly confirmed princess-to-be is causing some columnists to comment on the timing of the religious ceremony and the arcane law that makes it necessary. The Guardian's Alexander Chancellor wonders why, if she really wanted to, Kate wouldn't have been confirmed sooner. (After all, Will gained full membership to the Church of England at the appropriate age of 14.) Chancellor's wrote today, "I can only hope that 'waity Katie' does not ever conclude that the prize she so patiently awaited came at too high a price, namely the suppression or distortion of her own personality." Indeed, the real reason for Kate's confirmation is to ensure she doesn't break the 1701 Act of Settlement which bars Roman Catholics--and only Roman Catholics--from marrying an heir to the throne. But because of her "greater self-discipline and equanimity" Chancellor thinks Kate will do much better with the sacrifices of marrying a royal than her ill-fated mother in law.
The wedding will serve as a dress rehearsal for Queen Elizabeth's funeral
Well, this is morbid. According to Britain's Sunday Express, the wedding procession will follow the same route the monarch's cortege which will carry Queen Elizabeth's coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey on a gun carriage. The staff of the Lord Chamberlain will rehearse the complex series of necessary arrangements in a project codenamed London Bridge. A royal equerry told the press, "Obviously we all hope such a sad event will be a long way off--HM may be 84 but she’s in very good health--yet we need to rehearse the logistics and timings for what will be a huge ceremony… The Queen, who is very pragmatic about this sort of thing, knows about the dry run."
Jelly Bean bearing Kate Middleton's likeness to be sold on eBay
This came in yesterday. Weslie Hosie and Jessica White of Somerset, England had themselves a lucrative trip to the Jellybean Factory recently. Tucked in the bottom of a 1.5-pound jar of candy, a mango-flavored jelly bean with fortuitously arranged red speckles bore a striking resemblance to Kate, and the couple hopes to fetch at least $800* for the candy on eBay. Richard Mullen, the head of the Jelly Bean Factory, can't believe it and said, "This sounds truly incredible, I would have to see the bean myself to believe it." Behold:
* $800 is nothing compared to the Will and Kate Pez dispensers being auctioned off for charity. Current bid: £8,000.