Britain apparently is attempting to cash on the Royal Wedding fever.Â
Headquartered in London, Visit Britain, Britainâ€™s National Tourism Agency responsible for marketing Britain overseas (which is sponsored by Department for Culture, Media and Sport of United Kingdom) is publicizing its â€œBritish Royal Wedding Escapeâ€ and â€œWilliam and Kate`s Royal Wedding Walkâ€ tours.Â
Prince William, second-in-line to the British throne, and Catherine (Kate) Middleton, both 28, who got engaged in Kenya in October, will be married by Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowland Douglas Williams on April 29 at Westminster Abbey in London. They met in September 2001 at the University of St Andrews in Scotland studying art history, and then reportedly split in April 2007 for a short period. Middleton is said to be the first commoner in 350 years to marry an heir-presumptive to throne.Â
The â€œBritish Royal Wedding Escapeâ€, which costs $1,995 per person, includes a private tour of the wedding procession route, private tour of Windsor Castle (claimed to be the Queen Elizabethâ€™s favorite weekend home), bottle of champagne to toast the royal couple, official wedding souvenir gift, official program of events, etc.
The itinerary of â€œWilliam and Kate`s Royal Wedding Walkâ€ at $24 includes Mahiki (young Royalsâ€™ favorite London nightclub), Garrardâ€™s Jewellers (Royal Jewellers), offices of Kateâ€™s Father Richard Middleton, Jigsaw Clothing Store (Kate has had trouble holding down a job, see where she worked),Â The Ritz Hotel (favored by Royalty), Whiteâ€™s Gentlemanâ€™s Club (connected to Royals), John Lobb Bootmakers (Prince Williamâ€™s shoemaker), St Jamesâ€™s Palace (whose York House is the former home of Prince William), Westminster Abbey (where the wedding will take place), etc.Â
Religious statesman Rajan Zed has criticized UK government for making the circus of a marriage for mercantile greed.Â
In a statement in Nevada (USA) today, Rajan Zed said that marriage was a sacred and very personal event sealing the two loving souls and an agency of UKâ€™s Department of Culture should not have got involved in converting it into a ticketed drama.Â
Christopher Rodrigues is Board Chairman of Visit Britain while Sandie Dawe is the Chief Executive.