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Friday, April 29, 2011

Balcony chess replaced by balcony kiss: Prince William, Kate British royal wedding today

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Hello everybody,

Congratulations to Prince William of England and Kate Middleton for getting married today. Sources, however, told us that they had planned a balcony chess session before a large crowd!

But they had to manage with a balcony kiss (two actually) after the wedding - as part of a tradition started by their parents Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana!

The reasons a kiss replaced chess:

  • The shaky weather - as it is always in London - meant that rain might just spoil the royal chess set
  • The Royal wedding live telecast cameras had not been hooked up in the balcony and we wouldn't have a clear view of the chessboard
  • The Queen would get tired after already having sat through a beautiful though long wedding ceremony. Of course she is a great chess fan too.
(Ok we're just kidding but some genuine chess connections with the British royalty)

Here is our favourite note about Queen Victoria -

The following quote from a contemporary publication was given on page 14 of the January 1889 International Chess Magazine:

‘…the greatest solace the Empress Victoria has in her widowhood is chess – a game she frequently played with the Crown Prince when they found themselves with a leisure hour. The Empress generally travels with a chess board and men.’

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  • At April 29, 2011 at 12:53 PM , Anonymous alexis cochran, new zealand said...

    there's not much difference between chess and kiss - same k/ch sound same e/i sound and the double ss - Nice couple there! I watched the ceremony live.

  • At April 29, 2011 at 12:59 PM , Anonymous Swakilki said...

    Oooooo I bet they'd play chess equally romantically.

  • At April 29, 2011 at 1:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

  • At April 29, 2011 at 1:03 PM , Anonymous saira, madrid said...

    After their marriage, Prince William and Catherine Middleton will become The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

  • At April 29, 2011 at 1:05 PM , Anonymous alexis cochran, new zealand said...

    The Bishop of London's sermon reminded me of chess when he said this:

    In a sense every wedding is a royal wedding with the bride and the groom as king and queen of creation, making a new life together so that life can flow through them into the future.

    I wanted to replace creation with chess.

  • At April 30, 2011 at 7:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    how cute a couple would like to see them play chess

  • At April 30, 2011 at 8:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    only a nutcase would compare chess with a kiss

  • At April 30, 2011 at 9:10 AM , Anonymous alexis cochran, new zealand said...

    If the last anonymous remark was intended at me please the joker should read Ivanchuk's interview appearing right here comparing chess and love. Thank you.


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