April 27, 2011 / 4:14 PM / 9 years ago

Royal wedding snapshots - Naked Kate, but no glitter balls

(Reuters) - Following is a selection of stories related to the April 29 royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton that have appeared in newspapers and on websites in the last week.

Kate Middleton's mother Carole (L) and Kate Middleton's sister Pippa leave Clarence house in London, April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Juan Medina

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— Jittery royal bride Kate is being dogged by a nightmare in which she is naked in front of the wedding congregation.

The recurring dream has left her sister Pippa, 27 — who will be maid of honour on Friday — in fits of hysterics.

Kate, 29, confessed to imagining herself starkers as a worldwide audience of two billion tunes in to see her tie the knot with William.

(April 27, source: The Sun)

— Kate’s sister and chief bridesmaid Pippa has put Palace noses out of joint with her arrangements for the post-wedding celebration.

The events organiser, who also works for her parents’ online party business, has taken a fortnight off work to oversee final details for her sister.

But her enthusiasm for the task has seen her at loggerheads with Buckingham Palace staff over both the catering and what sources say is her determination to introduce a younger atmosphere to the royal couple’s evening reception.

In particular, courtiers are said to have shuddered over her suggestion to erect glitter balls in the throne room where a post-weeding breakfast disco is going to be held.

(April 27, source: The Daily Mail)

— Up to half a million Britons will shrug off the economic malaise to celebrate the royal wedding at official street parties across the country — with millions more celebrating at home.

Public-spirited organisers are throwing 5,1000 street parties with Streets Alive, a community relations group, estimating that each will cater for between 80 and 100 residents.

Millions more will be gathering at home or at unofficial parties, a Money Supermarket poll suggests.

(April 27, source: The Times)

Kate’s parents risked more accusations that they are cashing in on their daughter’s wedding after plugging bunting and other street party essentials on their Party Pieces website.

An article titled British Street Party! appeared in the company’s online magazine, The Party Times, on Monday, encouraging customers to “celebrate the arrival of spring” carefully avoiding any mention of the royal wedding.

(April 27, source: The Daily Telegraph)

— Labour was at loggerheads with St James’s Palace last night amid a growing row over a royal wedding day ‘snub’ to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Whitehall sources revealed that ministers were bit consulted by courtiers over a decision to exclude the two former Labour prime ministers from Friday’s guest list.

Senior politicians on all sides are surprised because both surviving former Conservative prime ministers, Baroness Thatcher and Sir John Major, as well as David Cameron were invited to see William and Kate tie the knot.

(April 27, source: The Daily Mail)

— Crack SAS teams will help guard the royal wedding.

“Substantial” numbers of Who Dares Wins soldiers will be sent to central London.

They include the elite regiment’s bolstered Counter Terrorism Team — ready to blast their way into buildings if police require them.

(April 27, source: The Sun)

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Paul Casciato

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