Royal Wedding Odds: How Late Will Kate Be?
The interest and enthusiasm surrounding the imminent wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton is now finally ramping up. Past months have seen a drip feed of interest with flailing western economies and International disasters, whilst the need for good news has been clearly present, it has obviously been thought rather tasteless to ram the impending nuptials of the extremely wealthy on a nation in the throws of recession. However it seems now that the gloves are off and whilst there is not the clamour for street party packs as had been hoped the nation's TV is broadcasting enough preamble to trap even the most cynical. Bookmakers Paddy Power are obviously anticipating interest with their numerous books on the subject, one of which is 'How Late Will Kate Be?'.
It has been a tradition for decades that a bride should keep her groom waiting at the church for a while, not to show a lack of interest in the event, but moreover to underline that she is a prize that is worth waiting for, but can Kate really indulge this custom when the ritual is run to military precision and more pressingly TV coverage at home and abroad are scheduled to the minutest detail. This has always been promoted as the Royal Wedding that will be more modern, more in touch with the people of the country than ever before. Kate is not going to use the ostentatious golden coach to arrive at Westminster Abbey, but will arrive by car,it is unlikely that she will include the word 'obey' in her vows so maybe she will actually arrive on time?
There have been obvious differences between Kate and William's romance and that of his father Prince Charles' with the then Lady Diana. William and Kate have been going out for nine years, have obviously been living together for some time and as a search and rescue pilot in Anglessey have the opportunity to.live one step away from the limelight, but no one would be mistaken into believing that the weight of Royal Family etiquette and tradition does not sit in a massive package at their backs.
Surely the schedulers, producers, equerries and men in suits would allow for at least a minute or two of anticipation, not only as a nod to tradition, but as every good stager knows a pause before any entrance is sure to draw in the gathered ensemble. Paddy Power clearly have the same thoughts on the subject with odds of 5/2 that she will be only 1 or 2 minutes late. It would be nice to think that the longer odds of 3/1 or 10/1 representing between a 3 and 10 minute deay would be viable, but unfortunately the world is no longer built for such hiatuses!
Royal Wedding Odds
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On time 7/2
1 minute late 5/2
2 minutes late 5/2
3 to 5 minutes late 3/1
6 to 10 minutes late 10/1
11 to 20 minutes late 14/1
21 to 30 minutes late 16/1
More than 30 minutes late 10/1
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