Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton marks a banner day for Canada and for the Commonwealth, says Ottawa’s monarchist.
“Everyone loves a royal wedding. November is such a grey month. This adds a bit of sparkle in life,” said Matthew Rowe, spokesman for the Ottawa chapter of the Monarchist League of Canada.
Rowe said people are just thrilled, although a bit surprised.
“We expected that it would happen but not this soon,” he said.
Rowe said the timing is perfect because a spring or summer wedding in 2011 will ensure Kate Middleton is officially royalty when the 2012 Diamond Jubilee marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne.
“This means Kate will be able to stand there and three generations will be waving down from Buckingham Palace,” he said.
While the engagement comes after eight years of dating, Rowe said it’s a reflection of our society’s shift to waiting longer before taking the plunge.
And he said he thinks Middleton will be better prepared than Princess Diana for the duties, dynamics and responsibilities that go with being a royal wife.
“Being a princess is quite a lot of work. It’s a tremendous amount of pressure,” he said.
And this is one wedding that won’t be easy to crash.
“It’s going to be very difficult to get an invitation,” he said. “Canada may get four seats.”
Rowe estimates three billion people — half the world — will be watching the royal nuptials on TV.