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Newspaper headlines: ‘A magically modern Royal Wedding’

The Sun
Image caption The wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leads many of the front pages. The wedding is due to take place in Windsor at midday. Ms Markle said she felt “wonderful,” the paper reports.
The Mirror
Image caption Many of the papers also carry a picture of Ms Markle with her mother Doria Ragland who had tea with the Queen the day before the big event. Ms Ragland will be the only member of her daughter’s family to attend the wedding.
The Times
Image caption The news that Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle reveals the pair’s “close bond,” says the Times. A source tells the paper: “Having talked to her and been reassured that that was what she wanted, he was very touched and only too happy to help.” It adds that the prince helped make crucial decisions about the wedding – including some of the music choices.
Daily Mail
Image caption The Daily Mail says Meghan’s “solo feminist walk half way down the aisle” will make Saturday “a magically modern royal wedding”.
Daily Express
Image caption A quote from Princess Diana – Prince Harry’s mother – makes the front page of the Daily Express: “If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.” The paper says Prince Harry looked relaxed “on his last night as a single man”. “I can’t wait,” he told crowds waiting outside Windsor Castle, the paper reports.
The i
Image caption The i considers the financial benefits of the “hat-trick” of the wedding, sunshine and the football World Cup. It says the retail sector has welcomed the “£1bn boost to the economy” and notes the UK will see a 4% rise in the number of overseas tourists visits.
guardian
Image caption The Guardian’s front page has a picture of Meghan Markle with her mother, as well as a poem by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. However it also covers the story that bright girls and girls from poorer families are more likely to suffer from depression than other children. The findings are based on a survey of 9,553 young people aged 14.
Ft
Image caption The Financial Times’ front page makes little mention of the royal wedding and instead reports on the alarm caused by a “surge” in pensions cash-in. It says the amount of money flowing out of final salary schemes more than doubled last year. The paper says the Financial Conduct Authority has been looking into the pensions advice market “following concerns that savers are being offered bad advice to give up valuable retirement benefits”.
Daily Star
Image caption The Daily Star says “sick thieves” have stolen gifts left at the memorial tree for Alfie Evans – the toddler who died in April. His death came after a lengthy legal battle over his care which reached the High Court. The Alfie’s Army Facebook group condemned the “extremely disrespectful act” which had left the parents “heartbroken”.

The royal wedding provides what the Telegraph calls “a blessed relief from the stagnant Brexit wrangles and the miseries of the Middle East”.

The Guardian – which re-states its republican sympathies – expresses similar sentiments. It’s a day of good wishes and optimism, it says.

But tomorrow – it adds – it’s back to Brexit.

Newspaper headlines: ‘A magically modern Royal Wedding’
Newspaper headlines: ‘A magically modern Royal Wedding’

The paper agrees that Ms Markle and Prince Harry are people of today in ways that the prince’s father and grandparents are not.

Yet – it adds – they are not revolutionaries. Ms Markle is giving up her career, it says. Prince Harry shows no sign of intending to have one.

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They are not exactly a typical young couple, the paper goes on. They face no struggle to get a mortgage. They have no student debt. Childcare will never burden their budget.

The Telegraph says the royal family are hosting a wedding like no other. The ceremony will blend best-loved elements of British pageantry with a modern outlook so reflective of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

It says there will be plenty of tradition – from the six State Trumpeters with brocade costumes and embroidered banners to the open Ascot Landau pulled by four grey horses.

But it would be a mistake to see the wedding as pomp and circumstance, it goes on. Because the couple are who they are, it is bound to be stately, but bound to be modern. In their wedding – the paper adds – Britain sees a mirror image of our times.

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Image caption The Ascot Landau is given a polish ahead of the wedding day

For the Times, it will be the first royal wedding in history where the church will resonate to the sound of one of the best-loved soul hits of the 1960s – Ben E King’s Stand By Me.

For the Sun, the couple have brought a modern touch to the proceedings. The Mirror reports that the vows will be very contemporary: Ms Markle will not promise to “obey”, and the couple will be pronounced as “husband and wife”, rather than “man and wife”.

In a further break with tradition, the Mail notes, the Prince of Wales will not formally give the bride away; he will simply “accompany” her to the altar.

The Express says the choice of Prince Charles to walk Ms Markle half-way down the aisle is a marvellous if unconventional solution.

The Telegraph says that choosing to walk the first half of St George’s Chapel alone, surrounded only by her young bridesmaids and pageboys, will emphasise her long-established credentials as an independent woman.

The i reports that town halls have received only a handful of requests for street parties to celebrate the big day, compared with the thousands held to mark the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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It says just one registered street party is being held in Scotland and requests for road closures in cities elsewhere across the UK are also in single figures.

Writing in the Mirror, the former deputy prime minister, John Prescott, says the local authority in Hull – his old constituency – is the only one in England not to have received a single application for a street party.

‘Spitting tacks’

According to the Mail – quoting a royal source – officials at Buckingham Palace were “spitting tacks” at the decision by Downing Street to release a controversial list of new peers on the eve of the wedding.

The source is quoted as saying: “There is no problem with the names as such, it’s about the timing. There’s a convention that says you don’t do politically controversial things on the eve of a royal wedding and this breaks it.”

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The Guardian is one of the few papers not to lead with the wedding – choosing instead to highlight a study which suggests that brighter girls and girls from poorer families are the two groups of children most at risk of displaying high symptoms of depression at the age of 14.

In contrast the government-funded research shows that more intelligent boys and boys from the most deprived backgrounds appear not to suffer to the same extent. The paper says the findings add to growing evidence that teenage girls are particularly vulnerable to mental health.

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