True fairytale marriage will be genuine article
The future of the British monarchy rests on the success of the love match between Prince William and his discreet and loyal 'commoner' fiancee Kate Middleton, says royal biographer Penny Junor
The queen must be over the moon about Prince William's engagement. She and William have a particularly close and supportive relationship and, as his grandmother, she will be thrilled that he is marrying a girl whom he so clearly loves and who so clearly loves him.
It must have broken her heart to see William lose his mother at such a tender age. And then to see him now, with someone so kind and empathetic to love and nurture him in the years ahead when she is no longer there to look out for him, will be a huge relief. Kate Middleton is intelligent, good looking, kind and fun, and she is remarkably normal. She comes from a happy home and the chances are she will create a happy home.
But the queen is also William's monarch, and this love match has a lot riding on it. It would not be too fanciful to suggest the future of the entire institution of the monarchy depends on it.