Friday, 29 April 2011

Royal wedding: Muted celebrations in Scotland

St Andrews University throws a party, but monarchists clash with republican demonstrators in Edinburgh

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    Revellers watch the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on a large screen at St Andrews University. Photograph: David Moir/Reuters
    St Andrews led the festivities in Scotland when the Fife town hosted a colourful celebration of the special relationship local people have with the royal couple. Pipe bands, highland dancers and an array of singers and musicians entertained about 2,000 guests who attended an event at the University of St Andrews where William and Kate were students between 2001 and 2005. Guests arrived for a celebratory wedding breakfast at 8am in St Salvador's Quadrangle at the heart of the ancient institution. They listened to live music performed on three stages before watching the wedding ceremony on a large screen. There was a festival atmosphere akin to a tartan Proms with guests attired in summer dresses, full highland regalia, top hats and tails. Those attending the event included Sir Menzies Campbell, the university chancellor and local Liberal Democrat MP. He said he wished the royal couple a long and joyful life together. "There is a feelgood factor around. You can feel it here today and I could feel it last evening when I was in London. At a time of economic austerity, people look for distractions. This is a diversion, of course, but a diversion that helps people to feel better," he said.Continued

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