Weighing in at $65 million, the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton is about 2,000 times as costly as the average British upper-middle class wedding.
Not everyone loves Prince William and Kate Middleton. The Will’n’Kate-haters view the British public as a moronic mass brainwashed into bowing to a constitutional monarchy. But these snobs miss the mark: Real republicanism trusts, not disdains, the will of the people.
Prince Charles kisses Princess Diana's hand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day, July 29, 1981.
Visitors are flocking to tours that tell the highs and lows of Prince William and Kate Middleton's story – from the clothing store where she worked to royal shoemakers.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles wave from their carriage on their wedding day in London, in this July 29, 1981 file photo.
You're nobody until somebody loves you – even if you're a prince. Prince William and Kate Middleton pose for their engagement photo in 2010.
Hamas Mohammed looks on as she prays with female anti-government protestors during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth, celebrating her 85th birthday, takes part the traditional Royal Maundy Service at Westminster Abbey, on April 21. According to Buckingham Palace, it was the first time the Queen's birthday had fallen on Maundy Thursday.
Many see the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the elegant commoner, as an opportunity for a royal rapprochement with Britain’s middle class.
Saudi border guards demonstrate their skills during their graduation ceremony near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.