So, after spending Christmas apart and allowing Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall to take centre stage, Kate Middleton and Prince William have revealed via the medium of the elusive ‘royal source’ (Prince Philip in a phone box?) that they will not be taking on any domestic staff once they are married. The aforementioned source told the Telegraph ‘it’s very much their instinct to manage on their own’ adding that ‘they want to do their duty and make sure they are a real asset to the country but they are private individuals who want to get on with their lives.’ William’s father, Prince Charles, famously has around 150 staff including, it is rumoured, someone to squeeze his toothpaste for him. Well don’t we all?
The Royal Mint has released images of a commemorative £5 coin issued to celebrate the forthcoming marriage. Unfortunately, the coin appears to feature the image of two complete strangers, but aside from that (and the fact that the lady depicted on its face appears to be sneering at the guy) we think it’s very nice. Well done The Royal Mint.
On the not-unrelated-subject of bad likenesses, Madame Tussaud’s have revealed that they will be casting Princess Catherine in wax after the wedding takes place, with a sitting already penciled in for ‘shortly after the wedding’. With the sculpture taking ‘four months to complete’, we should expect to see a wax version of Kate sometime around September. They added that the exact timing depends on ‘what she wants and whether she can donate clothing’, the last part of which naturally made Grazia Daily’s ears prick up.
Queen Latifah has inexplicably been asked by Parade magazine to comment on the forthcoming nuptials, presumably because she is called ‘Queen’. Latifah explains sagely that ‘everybody in the world is going to be in your business’ but it’s important to remember that ‘he happened to be born a prince; you happened to go to college and meet him. You're two kids who fell in love.’ Latifah closes by wishing the couple well, saying ‘I just hope you have a happy life. And don't take anything personally’. Right. Earth to Parade magazine: she’s not a REAL Queen.
Aaand finally, it has been revealed that there might NOT be a million-and-one street parties to celebrate the wedding, as old people across the country had hoped. According to TripAdvisor, there is a ma-houssive amount of interest in holidays out of the UK over the wedding period, mainly due to the fact that the big day falls between Easter and May Day, meaning that (yesssss) many of you will only have to take three days of annual leave in order to get a mammoth eleven days off. This, obviously, does not apply to Grazia Daily journalists who will be pounding the streets of London in order to catch the faintest glimpse of The Dress. But y’know, you lot go out and enjoy yourselves.
- Alex Butt