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Much ado about nuptials

Written By: - Date published: 3:59 pm, April 29th, 2011 - 68 comments
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68 comments on “Much ado about nuptials”

  1. M 1

    this reminds me of when Charles and Camilla married and one tabloid headline was:

    Two old gits get married


  2. Rich 2

    At the time of William’s birth one of the women at work (I was a very young intern) was leaving to have a baby, and one comment one her card was: “Don’t call him William, because as you will have realised by now, one little willy is enough”

  3. Bob 3

    Why don’t they just go down to the Registry with witnesses and sign on the dotted line the way my brother did ? It would save everyone a lot of angst and bother and money in these straightened times.

  4. happynz 4

    Standing in the queue at a petrol station early this afternoon minding my own business when a woman asked me out of the blue, ‘Are you watching the rugby tonight or that royal wedding?’
    “High five,’ she laughed and we slapped hands. ‘God, I’m sick of it.’

    I guess we’re in the ‘meh, whatever’ demographic when it comes to royalty.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      Thankfully, there’s more than those two options available. I’m looking at either playing video games or educating myself a bit more. More likely is that I’ll do a bit of both.

  5. Tigger 5

    Nuptials? What nuptials?

    Ignorance. The best defence to ubiquitousness.

  6. NickC 6


    Basically sums up my thoughts

  7. gobsmacked 7

    The foreign leaders start arriving at 8.50 pm.

    I’ll certainly be tuning in, hoping to spot our very own Celebrity-in-Chief. Score 5 points if he elbows the Premier of St Kitts and Nevis aside, to get in the camera shot. Score 10 points if he asks the Premier of St Kitts and Nevis to shine his shoes.

    Score 100 if he gives a live interview to Radio Sport from inside the abbey: “Veitchy, maaate! I can see Kate’s ass from here! I’d totally do her!”

  8. I am over in Mebourne right now and it is wall to wall royalists. Unbelievable, I thought the Aussies would be more discerning.

    After all the Royal Family are the best paid social welfare beneficiaries in the world.

  9. Anne 9

    Anyone watch John and Bronagh on Close Up just now?

    John Key name dropping like there was no tomorrow! The Queen said this to him… and said that to him… he was talking to Charles etc…

    Don’t know what happened to the greenstone in his suit. It looked very ordinary to me. Pink tie to match Bronagh’s decollette… oh my oh my.

    • Tanz 9.1

      Envy is green.

      JK, sad in his name-dropping. So ‘look at me” darrrrlings….so not Don.

      • Akldnut 9.1.1

        He should have fucking gone to Farmers on a card holders night to buy his suite and saved taxpayers some dime – I got my suite for my daughters wedding from there and it looks great at a fraction of the price.

  10. John Spineless C##t Key should fit in well at a Masonic run do!

    • felix 10.1

      He is a mason, isn’t he? I’ve seen him presenting awards at masonic ceremonies so I just assumed he was patched up.

      • Tanz 10.1.1

        I’d bet my car, my house and my cat on it. Possibly English too. Both of them have presented awards at such functions. Hmm…

      • Gina 10.1.2


        Can you some dates and places etc. What cerremonies and where. This is some important shit to know.

        • felix

          I know for sure he presented Freemason Scholarships on May 11, 2009 in the Great Hall at Parliament, on behalf of Freemasons New Zealand.

          I have no idea if that indicates his membership or anything else but I think it would be unusual for an organisation like the masons to have a non-member acting on their behalf.

          Remember that in the culture of freemasonry, Key’s standing as a holder of public office is neither here nor there. It’s only his place in (or out of) the masonic hierarchy that is of any significance.

      • William Joyce 10.1.3

        Could this explain his ease of access into long lunches with Liz and her son “big ears”?
        If he’s mason then that would could be added to the things that would make him suspicious to the public?

  11. neoleftie 11

    Personally i believe the royals are simply holdovers from another era. Much more concerned about the Uber Capitalists and Extreme Money. Long live the Citizens revolution

  12. Irascible 12

    Just saw Key on BBC talking about meeting Chuck Windsor. Key sounded as though he’d had a few champagnes before tottering up the steps to see Chuck & Cam in their state house. We were expecting to see a smile & wave but simply saw a crawler wheedling.

    • rosy 12.1

      Maybe he started early on the drinking game

    • Anne 12.2

      Lol… Chuck and Cam.

      • rosy 12.2.1

        From Waity Katie to Catherine to Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge…. the tabloids and shopkeepers’ daughters sneer and then buy into this stuff. Wake-up, it’s just a game, she’s the same person!!! I hope they have a long and happy marriage, as I wish for everyone else who wants that.

  13. Tanz 13

    Sadly though, he will gain a rise in the polls, most likely. I like Wills though, he has a genuine, warm smile, a smile that meets his eyes.


  14. Carol 14

    If you can’t face switching on the TV tonight you can follow the Royal Twedding online:


    You can follow Laura Stabb and Mathew Cocking on Twitter as their nuptials approach.



    • Deadly_NZ 14.1

      Oh Puhleez .I’m gonna watch something a little more shall we say brutal… The League.

      Bloody weddings only lead to divorces, or car accidents.

  15. HC 15

    What utterly insane theatre this is! The biggest bludgers in the “western world” spend multi million dollars and show off a private wedding celebration to which the fools are invited to stand by the sideline and watch. This is the best proof of how silly and ignorant human beings can behave. We have turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, major disastrous earthquakes all over the Pacific Ring of Fire, a gigantic nuclear disaster in Japan, hundreds of millions being driven into poverty worldwide, due to food and commodity price increases that are partly a consequence of speculators gone wild, civil unrest and war in many countries, governments close to collapse due to excessive debt burden, a looming energy crisis and wide scale environmental destruction. But the Royals are having a party and hundreds of thousands watch the show on TV, wave Union Jacks and seem to be indifferent about what really matters. I for one am a republican and will one day celebrate the abolition of such nonsensical, superfluous and unjustified institution called Monarchy! That will be a proper reason for celebration – not this bizarre and arrogant showing off.

    • Armchair Critic 15.1

      If we were a republic, Rodney Hide could be appointed president.

      • HC 15.1.1

        In most republics a president gets voted into her or his position. That is either done by the parliament of the country, or in some cases the wider public. Also do presidents (except in the US and France for instance) usually only act as a kind of official “figure head” for a country. That means they are not involved in day to day policy making and the likes.

        I see no problem with such a position of “president”.

        At least it is likely to be a person that is more in tune with the real concerns of the people she/he may “preside” over, rather than some “spoilt offspring” basing their position(s) on belonging to a “Royal Family”.

        That is “elitism” and resembles all the best examples of a “class society” (UK).

        I am sure we could do better than that, and Rodney Hide would simply NOT get the votes to be our president!!!

  16. Descendant Of Smith 16

    I’m of the view that the debate over monarchy and republic (in a modern context) is simply another way the right wing divide and conquer.

    In reality we have the ability to make our own laws in this country and do our own thing regardless of which we are.

    We’ve been much more left without being kicked out of the Commonwealth and moving more to the right hasn’t got us kicked out either.

    I can’t see any particular advantage of one system over the other. The whole debate is a meaningless distraction

    Being a republic with the same right wing tossers in power doesn’t seem like any sort of victory to me – unless you wish to include pyrrhic.

    Let those who don’t mind the monarchy watch, let those that don’t watch something else. It’s pretty much in the same waste paper basket as the debate over rugby versus soccer.

    That being said I’m off the play some more of Enslaved: Odyssey To The West – a quite under-rated little game much like Beyond Good and Evil was on the original Xbox.

    Nostalgia value too for those old enough to remember Monkey Magic – Pigsy is still a – well – pig.

    Religion has just as much pomp and ceremony and much more money is spent on that every day.

    • terryg 16.1

      Yeah DOS, I have to agree with you. Fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice oh look, ninjas.

      personally I am against NZ becoming a republic, for a very simple reason. In addition to DOS, extremely relevant post, what it will result in is a massive expenditure. For example consider every single piece of government stationary….

      and after all the money is spent there will be NO PRACTICAL DIFFERENCE.

      Ergo save the cash.

  17. gobsmacked 17

    TV3 cut to an ad break just as Key was about to arrive.

    He’ll be wanting a refund from Mediaworks. 😉

  18. Bored 18

    The House of Bored stands divided, by the descendants of Henry 1. The echo of his words “”What miserable drones and traitors have I nourished and brought up in my household, who let their lord be treated with such shameful contempt by a low-born cleric? “.
    Booted out at half time in the rugby, royalist femmes more interested in some silly girls dress than in the Rights of Man, equality, fraternity, rugby. Woe is the House of Bored. Who will save me from this turbulent televised Prince?

    • Eddie 18.1


      edwina wants to watch but not hear moronic commentary from the kiwi media. BBC streaming a fail though.

  19. Bored 19

    PS Come back Cromwell, all is forgiven.

    • Descendant Of Smith 19.1

      This man at least hath retreated into his mancave though he can still hear melodious / maliferous singing coming through yonder door.

      • Bored 19.1.1

        I intone quietly (incase of royalist counter attack from other room) ..”man that is born of women has but few years that are full of misery”….wrong service but what the hell.

  20. Vicky32 20

    Hey, it’s harmless. The money that’s being spent is a fraction of a fraction of the amount being spent even this minute on killing people… and it’s 100% better than thugby (much more entertaining)!
    Unlike Chuck and Di, Wills and Kate seem to really want to do this, and why shouldn’t they? As for the registry office, hey, here’s a novel idea – maybe they aren’t atheists? Not every is nowadays…:D
    (I have seen some really tacky expensive and tasteless registry office weddings too, just sayin’…)

    • felix 20.1

      “The money that’s being spent is a fraction of a fraction of the amount being spent even this minute on killing people”

      Good point. Puts it in perspective, dunnit?

      “and it’s 100% better than thugby (much more entertaining)!”

      I’d rather claw out my own eyes than watch either, thanks. But each to their own.

    • Bored 20.2

      Its killing me!

    • Vicky32 20.3

      Just to say, as they are leaving the Abbey – they both look so genuinely happy! Total contrast to Chuck and Di. (I didn’t see their wedding – didn’t care to) but I have since seen pix… )

      • Bored 20.3.1

        How lovely, tonight we can all dream of being princes and princesses in some fairytale Mills and Boon event …hope they have a lovely long and happy marriage. Maybe the noise from the next room might now diminish….

        • Descendant Of Smith

          Apparently we are waiting for the balcony scene.

          Mills and Boon indeed.

          • lprent

            I got forced to watch it. Boring really.

            I must have come home too early (or Lyn did)

            • Akldnut

              If only Thomas Percy and Guy Fawkes had succeeded!!!!!! we wouldn’t be subjected this this pack of elitist assholes and Key wouldn’t have wasted our good money on these pricks.

    • Draco T Bastard 20.4

      Wills and Kate seem to really want to do this, and why shouldn’t they?

      Don’t have any problem with them getting married. Just don’t think that it’s global event and certainly not news worthy.

      • Vicky32 20.4.1

        No more than Brangelina or other celeb couples! (That’s what I am comparing it with…) Interesting though that invitations have already been used for political purposes – I heard on Nat Rad this morning that the Syrian ambassador had been ‘uninvited’…

      • rosy 20.4.2

        Given the amount of money the UK taxpayer spends on royalty, the ‘firm’ has to give back a bit of pomp and ceremony and drag out some of those state treasures every now and then. Any reason for the peeps to party – especially when austerity measures are going through. Not news, but an escape from it. Politically I have a problem with royalty, but socially – so what? Cameron will be happy.

  21. Kevin Welsh 21

    Harry Hewitt looks smart in his uniform.

  22. terryg 22

    Walking past the television whilst it was on, I swear I got 10% stupider.

    It would be interesting to see harry get married – would prince charles be by his side, or his father?

    • Tanz 22.1

      Is that a joke? What is your point?

      Did anyone get a glimpse of JK? I sure didn’t. Too many people.

    • Vicky32 22.2

      I assume putting that together with someone else’s remark, it’s all about some idea that Diana was preggers with someone called Hewitt?
      I am reminded and not in a good way, of all the ‘birther’ threads I am reading (with growing incredulity) on the Tin Foil Hat site… these threads contain assertions that Obama’s father (his mama’s baby daddy) was everyone from Malcolm X to someone called ‘Frank’ someone.
      Or that Obama doesn’t even know who his Daddy is!
      Ann Dunham isn’t here to defend herself – neither is Diana. Did she ever say that she had a child ro someone other than Charlie Big-Ears?
      If not, then the sneer is no more justified than those against Ann Dunham. I’ve no idea about what any of the gossip was, but I really don’t like that people think it’s cool to cast these aspersions, in the case of birthers because they’re racist bastards, and in the case here because it’s “clever”…

      • Descendant Of Smith 22.2.1

        Ahh when you call rugby thugby you lose all credibility with me about casting aspersions so what the hell. If your biases are allowed to show then so are everyone elses’s.

        Hopefully this might help both those who don’t like the anti-royal sentiments as well as those who don’t like the royals.


      • terryg 22.2.2

        I dont actually care one bit whether or not charlie the tampon lover (hey dont blame me) is harry’s dad – although I seriously doubt it.

        Chucky is an absolute moron of course, but dripping with privilege. I say this because of his idiotic support of the stupider aspects of CAM such as homeopathy (which, if it is true, must by definition be full of shit – what do we flush toilets with?).

        the monarchy is a ridiculous anachronism, and one we could well do without. Alas Feudalism NEVER DIED – it just shipped the shittiest treatment of people entirely to the “3rd world” and gave we proles bread and circuses.

  23. Ian 23

    I saw JK but I don’t think he got a mention. You lot sound like a bunch of libertarians complaining about the wedding. I’ll still vote Labour though.

  24. freedom 24

    well well well, turns out they are cousins and she is not a commoner after all


    do we hold our breath for the media to strive on with truth and expose the fraud ?

  25. deservingpoor 25

    Between our government’s handling of the situation in Christchurch and the British aristocracy turning out in force for the royal wedding in the middle of massive social cuts in the UK, I’m just waiting for someone to be honest and actually say “let them eat cake.”
    How the hell are they still getting away with this?

  26. Mac1 26

    An escort of a few score large lads on big horses carrying swords and wearing armour might have something to do with it. Oh, and what they represent…………

  27. millsy 27

    Gotta admit, the peasants still loved it though – they need something to feel good about before Cameron and Osborne slash and burn like there’s no tomorrow…

    Remember, Margaret Thatcher knew her limits. These guys don’t.

    Mind you, I wonder what the reaction would be if William Arthur Philip Louis met and fell in love with a solo mother from a council estate or a young Muslim lady(!)…

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