It is interesting the different opinions the engagement of William and Kate creates.
There is a lot of 'ah, that is lovely' feeling - which any engagement can create.
There is the republican grumpy about anything royal feeling.
There is the who cares? feeling (or absence of feeling)
There is the what will that cost feeling
Some of it is daft - the theory that Kate will have to be Catherine instead - why? What is wrong with Kate?
Apparently there has been a run on sapphires for engagement rings since the announcement and they are now in short supply.
On the bright side it will be something cheerful next year, in a year that doesn't promise many major cheerful events. It will be good for tourism, and the people who make commemoration mugs, presents etc.
I was amused that the pottery people have had a problem with the initials - WC - they have had to make pretty patterns with the initials.
Nic loves it and is watching programmes about it on the tv, which I have watched with her when in the room.
I wish them well, and I wouldn't take on the job she is taking on for all the tea in China.