The whole country is getting set for royal wedding fever, with street party invitations being sent out and tea towels gracing our kitchens in order to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on 29th April.
Or so the newspapers would have us believe. In reality, is Liverpool excited by the thought of a wedding between two people we don't even know, or is the prospect of an extra bank holiday the real reason so much fuss is being made about the happy couple? JMU Journalism has been finding out by asking the Liverpool public what it all means to them.
The wedding, which is to take place at Westminster Abbey, is being billed as a 21st Century version of the famous ceremony involving William’s parents, Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, who married on 29th July, 1981.
With 600,000 people lining the streets of London in celebration and a global TV audience of 750 million, Charles and Diana’s nuptials are recognised as one of the country’s most iconic historical events of the 20th Century, and it is widely expected that the 29th April will be equally as memorable.
However, Lorraine Smith, 35, from Crosby believes there are more important issues on the public's agenda than the wedding, due to the current financial instability facing the country. She said: "Personally, it is the furthest thing from my mind at the moment due to cuts in my workplace, hence worrying about my job. It is a lovely idea but I can’t say that I am fully interested at this moment in time.”
Sophie McLaughlin, 19, from Kensington feels that the city should embrace the celebrations. She said: "I think it's nice. A royal wedding doesn't come around very often and we should enjoy it."
Michael Woodcock, 20, from Netherton echoed the sentiments of many when he said: “I couldn’t care less as long as I get a day off work.”
More street reactions gathered by JMU Journalism about the royal wedding can be seen by scrolling through the comments box below.
Additional reporting by: Joel Richards; Jess Etherington; Danielle Kelly; Richard Butterworth; Rory Cringle; Rose Cameron; Sarah Bold; Josh Nevett; Urwi Patel; James McGarry & Joel Sanderson-Murray.
By Jonathan Birchall, Website Producer
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