19 April 2011
When William and Kate’s wedding date was announced last November I was ecstatic. While I’m a big fan of romanticism I have to confess that I was more excited that the royal do didn’t land on the same date as my own nuptials, which are exactly a month later. This year the world has gone mad with royal wedding fever, with mugs, dolls and t-shirts covered with the happy couple’s faces. At Imperial a number of staff members are planning to head to Hyde Park to watch the procession and wedding service at Westminster Abbey broadcast live on giant screens. But I discovered that not everyone is enamoured by the wedding. “I don’t believe in having a royal family and I think the money could be spent better elsewhere,” said postgraduate researcher Andreas Doepner (Surgery and Cancer) speaking to The Gadsden Times, a newspaper in Alabama. Whatever your views about the big event in London on 29 April, I hope that you – like me – are looking forward to the extra public holiday. Wishing you relaxing break.
— Emily Ross, Editor