Yesterday, the Daily Beast's Tina Brown put royal-wedding fever in the air when she noted June 3 and 4 are "mysteriously blocked out" on Buckingham Palace's calendar. The only reason imaginable for such secrecy is a major announcement, like say the long-suspected engagement of 27-year-old Prince William and 28-year-old Kate Middleton.
If the June engagement is true, Brown predicts a November wedding, which would be reminiscent of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's November 1947 nuptials at Westminster Abbey. But is the fanfare of Westminster too grand for the daughter of a pilot and flight attendant? Brown says if Kate remains as shrewd as she's been since her relationship began, she'll opt for something more casual and modern. And save Westminster for the royal flush: when she's crowned queen.
But you have to wonder if she has any say at all? It's bad enough to have nosy family members inquiring about wedding plans! I doubt Kate ever imagined (well, except for the last few years) that to marry her prince charming she'd have to clear everything with the queen. But I guess that's what you marry into!