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Pregnant Kate? April Fools’ jokes hit royal wedding

The big royal occasion later this month was the top target for traditional April 1 pranks in the press on Friday, including bride-to-be Kate Middleton shopping for baby clothes and the left-leaning Guardian joining the pro-monarchy bandwagon.
/ Source: Reuters

Britain's royal wedding is off! Oh no it's not, it's an April Fools' joke.

The big royal occasion later this month was the top target for traditional April 1 pranks in the press on Friday, including bride-to-be Kate Middleton shopping for baby clothes and the left-leaning Guardian joining the pro-monarchy bandwagon.

And the Daily Telegraph reported a "secret memo" about Labor Party plans to hold royal wedding-style street parties to mark the upcoming marriage of its leader Ed Miliband on May 27.

In terms of journalistic resources, few put in as much effort as the Guardian, traditionally a bastion of royal-bashing republicanism.

"In something of an about turn, the Guardian today pledges its 'full throated support' for the monarchy," it said in its online edition, which features a comprehensive live blog poking fun at rival newspapers and broadcasters.

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It includes a photograph of Prince William's best man and brother Prince Harry holding "what appears to be a draft of his best man's speech" which refers to an incident involving a goat and royal pal Guy Pelly at the exclusive Bouji's nightclub.

A Breaking News headline at 10:11 a.m. declared the royal wedding was off, but four minutes later a "Correction" informed readers that it was on.

Most readers were in on the joke, but those in two minds might refer to the blog heading in Latin: "Sis tranquillus est iocum." Fret not, it's a joke.

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The Daily Mail has a Middleton look-a-like studying infants' clothes a month before she gets married. The photographer was "Will Sandkate."

On a half-page advertisement in the Guardian, BMW refers all queries regarding its special Royal Edition M3 Coupe to pauline.yorlegg@bmw.co.uk.

An emailed request for comment from Reuters elicited the following response from the BMW team:

"Thank you for your interest in the BMW M3 Royal Edition. We would be delighted to send you more details about the model if it weren't for the fact that it was an April Fool's joke."