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Old 04-11-2010, 12:33 PM
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Well that was a short-lived flurry of excitement.

On the 6th of April Tina Brown claimed on her 'The Daily Beast' blog to have "inside information" about an impending engagement; the story was immediately picked up and splashed by the world's media; by the 9th it was all over.

During the frenzy, the two people who were the subject of this intense scrutiny never uttered a single word. Even worse, they were invisible.
Journos and newspaper proprietors must despair. It's hard to get a story to run more than a few days isn't it?

Not to worry, any number of engagement predictions can be confidently made in the knowledge that, chances are, one day they will prove correct.
Royal romantics and media watchers take heart: we can expect more of the same, for however long it takes.
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Old 04-11-2010, 12:43 PM
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Why thursday?
The answer is in the same Daily Mail article you have referred to and quoted from. The relevant part states:
"On Thursday, William will learn which squadron he is to fly with and where he will spend the next 36 months."
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:19 PM
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I still have a feeling, despite all the ridiculousness surrounding so many of the out-of-whole-cloth "news" stories, that there will be a wedding announcement soon. Some say that Tina Brown is not well connected to the royals anymore, but surely she prides herself on that particular kind of inside information. I can't imagine her staking her reputation on incorrect royal wedding news! She may very well have details and dates wrong, but I have a feeling the gist of her story is true.
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:51 PM
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Predict once per year that there will be a royal wedding and eventually you will be right.
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:58 PM
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You're quite correct Scarebaby: the longer the Wills 'n Kate situation continues "unresolved" the closer we will be to the announcement which many/most of us expect. If we took a poll of those TRF members who wanted to predict an engagement date, it's quite likely that someone would be spot on or very close. But of course we won't know till the event itself and any cries of "told you so!" will be greeted by the retort of "lucky guess!"

Who knows, perhaps Tina Brown was leaked the information from an inside source, but maybe it was the source themselves who got over-excited and jumped to the wrong conclusion about the "vacant" diary dates at the beginning of June. Then again, we may be greeted with the big news on that very date. If not, the day will pass unremarked, or else we'll have a new round of "It will be in August!" and the hares will be let loose again for another run. Many of us have seen so many cycles of the media ramping engagement speculation based on who-knows-what or nothing-in-particular that we're not so much cyncial as unresponsive until we see the photos of the engagement ring on Kate's finger.
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Old 04-11-2010, 03:54 PM
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For me - and maybe I'm the only one - the fact that Kate is 28 already is an issue. If they get married in November, she'll be very close to 29. If she has her first child a year or so after that she'll be 30. I know that's not a vast age, but surely she will be expected to product at least "an heir and a spare", so that means at least a couple of kids in her 30s.

That's a timeline that works, but in my opinion, if they wait another five years, and she doesn't even start producing kids til she's 35 or 36, that begins to be a problem. Or am I way off the mark here?
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Old 04-11-2010, 04:05 PM
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Not that I don't agree with this as an issue, but both Princesses Mary and Letizia had children when they were 33 and 35 and if we go back a long way, Queen Elizbeth II herself had Prince Andrew two months before her 34th birthday and Prince Edward one month before her 38th birthday, but everybody is different so only time will tell. However, William and Kate better be more safe than sorry and not hold out too long.
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Old 04-11-2010, 04:45 PM
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I think the only thing that REALLY matters is whether William and Kate both feel ready to marry. For all we know, they may be very happy to plod along this way for a few more years, testing the waters and living without all the attention they'll have after marriage. The better safe than sorry part should apply to that decision first, then to the timing on possible children...
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Old 04-11-2010, 06:20 PM
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Wasn't there a previous poster on this thread who also seemed to be quite sure that an engagement would be announced not long after the General Election?
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CHRISTOPHER WILSON: She wears Diana's tiara. Her brother bakes the cake. So what would Kate and Wills' Big Day really be like? | Mail Online

Last week, Princess Diana’s biographer Tina Brown claimed that a date for the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton has been set for November. So what would the big day be like? Here, royal commentator Christopher Wilson imagines the marriage of the century...

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I think the already tenuous grasp on reality that the Mail has is starting to slip.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:36 PM
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I feel that William will never marry Kate. I don't think that Kate is not appropriate but William is net ready to marry anyone yet. Their relationship may end up the same way as Carl Philip of Sweden and Emma's one: long time together and then sudden brake up.
I think it will take a few more years for William to marry someone.
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Cant really explain why but for some reason, I have exactly the same feeling.
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so do i...maybe because its gone too long, the graph touched its peak and is now going down, in my opinion
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Old 04-12-2010, 09:17 AM
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While I hope that you are wrong, this has happened a few times before they may end there relationship at anytime and then he may meet someone new and be engaged in a month or so and that will be it. Who knows we will just have to wait and see.....I would hope that they just announce an engagement soon but, it seems they are perfectly happy for now.
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Old 04-12-2010, 09:21 AM
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this has happened a few times before with other princes? is that who you are referring to?
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Old 04-12-2010, 09:29 AM
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this has happened a few times before with other princes? is that who you are referring to?


Yes, that is exactly what I was referring too...look at Camilla and Charles, Andrew and Koo Stark just for two examples. although the first ended up together in the long run it caused life long drama and hurt too alot of people....
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Old 04-12-2010, 09:41 AM
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While I don't like Kate and I'd rather William broke up with her in the longterm. I do think they'll marry at some point. I'd just wish William would wake up and find some one who has a stronGer work ethic. The British Royal family works hard for their country and the fact the Kate seem contented hanging around waiting makes her an unfortnunate choice for the future King (she will be expected to carry a heavy load of public engagements). I think William is in love and happy with Kate...and on that note I wish them the best. I'm just disappointed that he's not more discerning in his choice. But love is blind.
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Old 04-12-2010, 09:55 AM
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I think it is too soon to judge Kate, I think she may or maynot be working for her parents company. At this point we just don't know and she has attempeted her bits at charity work, just to be put down for her outfit or that fact of whom bought the tables at her charity dinner...she is damned if she does and damned if she don't... If I were Kate and had parents with money and in her possition, I fear I may take the same road...I just wish she would do more charity events although she owes us nothing untill the ring is on her finger...IMO
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If I were Kate and had parents with money and in her possition, I fear I may take the same road...I just wish she would do more charity events although she owes us nothing untill the ring is on her finger...IMO
Agreed. Plus, if she really will be Williams bride (and to me it looks like that, though I think it will take another few years until an engagement will come) she'll have a busy enough life - so why shouldn't she enjoy her last 'free' years?
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I'd hope if I had those privileges I would understand how blessed I am and use my gift (good health, wealth) to help others. And the fact that she doesn't seem to understand those things is a reflection of how she was parented. Understand that you are not alone in the world and that others need sympathy and help doesn't have to be a burning passion of ones life but does reflect empathy and compassion which I've yet to see from Kate other the past 7 years or so. It says alot about her if she's "waiting" to be a princess before she steps into doing some worthwhile like charity. And if not charity why not challenge oneself to the workworld away from the security of her parents' money? JMO
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