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Royal wedding: Women see romance, men see history. Both like the story.

Royal wedding pageantry around William and Kate's big day is here, and men and women are focusing on different aspects. But the appeal of the basic story line means both will be watching.

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However, that said, many women are relieved to know that this time around Prince Charming isn’t looking for an aristocratic, pretty virgin 13 years his junior, says Stephanie Coontz, professor of history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., via email.

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Rather, he is looking for an equally educated, same-age mate that he's known for 8 years, she says. “I am seeing more interest from these women this time around – they find it reassuring that the heir to the throne picked a real-life person with a mind of her own rather than a cartoon fairy-tale princess,” she adds.

Women from coast to coast are gathering in groups of girlfriends and multiple generations. From quiltmaker Roberta Levin, who watched Diana and Charles wed thirty years ago and wants to see her son come full circle, to public relations professional Elizabeth Anderson, who will watch surrounded by a bevy of female relatives, from her daughter to her mother and a slew of in-laws and nieces.

In the end, though, the story draws in both men and women, says Beth Amorosi, president of Ammo Communications.

Story lines

“The story and history of the country, the royal family, the monarchy. The story of what happened to the previous generation,” she writes in an email.

She says the storylines continue the theme of the “new fairy-tale.”

“The story of a young girl named Diana who married Prince Charles and two little boys named Harry and Wills.

“The story of how that family broke up, but how she also raised those boys to be normal, gracious, and kind, young men.

“The story of how they – and the world – lost a beautiful ray of sunshine.

“The story of how we watched them grow up and become men.

“The story of how a young college student named William met his sweetheart named Kate, their courtship, their breakups and dalliances, reuniting and becoming engaged, and then becoming the hope for the future and modern evolution and reinterpretation of the monarchy.”

Men might not admit it, but they will be watching too.

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