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Lookalikes of (from L to R) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, a royal footman, Prince William and Kate Middleton pose for photographs outside St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden in central London, on April 1, 2011.
Elspeth Lodge Apr 1, 2011 – 4:38 PM ET
London’s media had a field day on Friday April 1, making April Fools jokes, clearly, at the expense of those enamored with the upcoming royal wedding on the 29th.
The Daily Mail featured a photo of a Kate Middleton look-a-like studying infants’ clothing a month before the wedding, the photographer was “Will Sandkate” (very creative). The Daily Telegraph reported a “secret memo” about Labour Party plans to hold royal wedding-style street parties to mark the upcoming marriage of its leader Ed Miliband on May 27. But, perhaps, the gold medal for April fools royal wedding jokes goes to The Guardian, traditionally a bastion of royal-bashing republicanism.
The publication featured an editorial pledging the Guardian‘s support for the monarchy on its online edition Friday, following up with a “live” royal wedding blog poking fun at rival newspapers. Below, a few ways you might have been f0oled when you looked at the (normally) trusted news source Friday morning.
- The Magic of the Monarchy: “In something of an about turn, the Guardian today pledges its ‘full throated support’ for the monarchy,” it said in its online edition: ” Let’s face it: the current crop of world leaders is far from inspiring. Across the Arab world, dictators battle their own people; at home, attitudes towards Cameron and Clegg alternate between apathy and outrage. In America, the hope that greeted Barack Obama has long since faded. As The King’s Speech so vividly reminded us, there are times when only the calming leadership of a hereditary monarch will do; and as the MPs’ expenses scandal illustrates, it can be dangerous to trust power-hungry elected officials, who lack the security provided by land ownership and immense wealth. Amid all this, William in particular stands out as something unique: a bastion of tradition with a deeply modern sensibility — not to mention a helicopter pilot’s licence. When the time comes, we urge Prince Charles to redouble his focus on his important work in the field of alternative medicine, and to pass the mantle of head of state to his son.”
- Prince Harry’s best man speech: “MEMO TO SELF. NO TITS JOKES.”
Prince Harry appears in the photographs, below, holding “what appears to be a draft of his best man’s speech.” The speech refers to an incident involving a goat and royal pal Guy Pelly at the exclusive Bouji’s nightclub. A later, “more complete version” speaks of him and Wills riding around great grandmama’s estate as youngsters, talking about all the “funny little people” they saw in the village.
from the Guardian’s live blog
From the Guardian, live blog.
3. “The Royal Wedding is off!” Wait, no, never mind. A breaking News headline at 10:11 a.m. announced the royal wedding was off! But, four minutes later, a “Correction” informed readers that it was on.
4. The Guardian creates a roundup of overnight developments in the realm of royal news, from, normally, “trusted” sources like Reuters and Sky News. They also suggest the twitter universe is suggesting the Queen will have her corgis bear the royal wedding rings (though, word broke on Thursday that there will only be “one” wedding band, as William will not wear one). However, the blog later retracts the statement:
From the Guardian, live blog.
5. Perhaps you’d like a royal stag shirt?
From the Guardian online, live blog.
6. On a half-page advertisement in the Guardian, BMW refers all queries regarding its special Royal Edition M3 Coupe to email@example.com. An emailed request for comment from Reuters elicited the following response from the BMW team: “Thank you for your interest in the BMW M3 Royal Edition. We would be delighted to send you more details about the model if it weren’t for the fact that it was an April Fool’s joke.”
Picture of add run in the Guardian paper
With Files From Thomson Reuters
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