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The Royal Wedding around the world

29 April 2011

6:13 PM

29 April 2011

6:13 PM

So we’ve seen the ceremony at Westminster Abbey. How was the Royal Wedding
celebrated – by expats and locals alike – around the world?

In Afghanistan, British troops celebrated with bunting on the front line.

In Australia, foods associated with the ‘Mother Country’ flew off
supermarket shelves, with the biggest sellers being Maynards wine gums and Colman’s classic mint sauce. Even Aussie republicans appear to have been inspired to hold parties and wear

In China, a couple recently had a knock-off Royal Wedding, complete with
horse-drawn carriage and archway of swords. And cashing in perhaps on the wedding fervour, McDonald’s in Hong Kong started offering wedding party packages.

India is apparently transfixed, with online matchmaking service conducting a poll that shows people think Indian celebrity Katrina Kaif is the best match for Prince William.


In Jamaica, where Queen Elizabeth is the monarch, the Jamaican Observer wonders what happened to
amid the ‘wedden’ fever.

In the US, the British Ambassador says the UK and America are a “marriage of true
minds”, and publishes a love sonnet the embassy’s political counsellor has penned to commemorate this special relationship. A church in New York City offers its pews for Royal watchers.

On Al Jazeera, ‘Margaret Tatcher’ appears to advise Kate Middleton that ‘you can’t change a man’ (from 18:40
of YouTube video).

In cyberspace, Google makes a Royal Wedding Doodle and gives a view of the procession in Google Earth.

In outer space, astronauts on the International Space Station send a zero-gravity message to the Royal couple.

On global markets, Forbes recommends five Royal Wedding stocks, four of which are ‘high-end
European-based fashion stocks’.

In the former British Empire, the ex-colonies had a special interest in watching the event, an angle adopted by many
newspapers around the world.

British expats are among the most likely to take
Royal Wedding bets, reports the Telegraph.

And, among the thousands of parties being held worldwide, British expats celebrated in Taiwan,
Canada, Qatar, the Emirates, New Zealand, Bulgaria and Switzerland, where in Zurich there was a party in a railway viaduct.

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  • Andrew Fletcher

    Yes indeed the Chinese guys lap up the Royal schlock. We need to sell it to them and get Wills and Kate over there to press the flesh and give good face.

  • Major Plonquer 1

    Greetings from Beijing. The way the Chinese were glued to their TVs throughout the royal wedding and the sheer ‘goodness’ that the scenes from Westminster eminated combine to show that perhaps we still have something the Chinese can’t copy.

    We’ve shown that even though Britain is FAR more socialist than China, we can still support and preserve our traditions. (Except for Scotland obviously).

  • Andrew Fletcher

    Yes indeed we should be selling the whole Archbishop/cassock/ Abbey stuff as well. The tourists love all that but maybe its a bit undersold at the moment. Williams needs to be in full cassock mode more often for full visual effect .

  • Nicholas

    No more “nonsense” than what passes for governance in our student marxist packed House of Commons and egalitarian-stuffed House of Lords. In fact less so. Because there is a far more robust demonstration of continuity, constitution and Christian tradition. The celebration made our politicians look exactly what they are, slighty sleazy, weasely opportunists, and put them firmly in their place. I’m all for that and don’t think it “nonsense” at all. Nonsense, to me, is arresting people for singing ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ or banning herbal remedies and that nonsense didn’t come from the Palace.

    I enjoyed the Bishop of London’s sermon and the majesty and meaning of the Christian ceremony of marriage. Not ashamed of it and will not refrain from saying so in case I should offend some chip-shouldered, bolshy, minority marxist.

  • Andrew Fletcher

    Foreigners love a this royal nonsense. We’ve got to flog it hard because the royal brand is one of the few things we can sell abroad these days.
    That also means getting the new couple on planes and getting around the world meeting and greeting. Selling themselves and Britain to the overseas consumer
    Less dodgy Prince Andrew and more William
    Trim away Princess Pushy and her ilk and milk the royal cash cow for all it’s worth

  • Ben WELLS

    It was ever thus! I remember, with crystal clarity, watching the 1981 version on a black & white television in the dining hall of the youth hostel in Suez, still battle damaged from the 1973 war. About 250 Egyptian men of all ages had gathered there, all Anglophile monarchists for a day at least (and I suspect for a lot longer).

    It was an utterly charming and surreal experience; today’s version was just as charming but, for me, slightly less surreal …