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|2011-02-07 - Celebrity News|
Anne Lu - Celebrity News Service Contributor
U.K. government promotes Prince William and Kate Middleton wedding with tourism programs
London, United Kingdom (CNS) -- The British government is allegedly trying to cash in on Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. Visit Britain, Britain's National Tourism Agency that is responsible for the country's marketing overseas, is publicizing its "British Royal Wedding Escape" and "William and Kate's Royal Wedding Walk" in preparation for the future king and queen's upcoming nuptials.
William and Kate will be married on April 29 at Westminster Abbey in London. The wedding is already expected to be the wedding of the century, and has inspired Visit Britain to come up with various tourist-luring campaigns.
The "British Royal Wedding Escape" will cost each interested tourist $1,995. It includes a private tour of the wedding procession route, private tour of the Windsor Castle, bottle of champagne to toast the royal couple, and official wedding souvenir gifts and program among others.
The "William and Kate's Royal Wedding Walk," meanwhile, costs $24 and includes Mahiki, Garrard's Jewellers, the offices of Kate's father Richard Middleton, Jigsaw Clothing Store, The Ritz Hotel, White Gentleman's Club, John Lobb Bootmakers, St. James' Palace, and Westminster Abbey.
The U.K. government has made the whole wedding into a "circus of a marriage for mercantile greed," according to Nevada-based Hindu statesman Rajan Zed.
Zed criticized the move, saying in a statement that marriage, being a sacred and very personal event that seals two loving souls, shouldn't be made into "ticketed drama."
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