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Modern touches amid royal wedding tradition: press

The biggest royal wedding for 30 years succeeded in striking a balance between tradition and signs of a new, modern monarchy, the British press and newspapers across the world said on Saturday.

world Updated: Apr 30, 2011 21:42 IST

The biggest royal wedding for 30 years succeeded in striking a balance between tradition and signs of a new, modern monarchy, the British press and newspapers across the world said on Saturday.

Front pages from Warsaw to Sydney were emblazoned with pictures of Prince William and Kate at their spectacular wedding in Westminster Abbey on Friday.

The Times in Britain summed up the new mood with a wraparound front-page photograph of the couple cruising down The Mall during their impromptu drive in an open-top Aston Martin.

"Every element of the wedding reflected the couple's shared humour and taste, and a determination to remain as anchored as possible in their own normality," the newspaper said.

The Australian press picked up the same theme, with the Daily Telegraph tabloid highlighting the royal family's fresh new face.

"Beaming with happiness and radiant with love, a remarkably relaxed William and Catherine Middleton looked like the university sweethearts they were and the modern royals they are," it said under the headline "An uncommon journey to love".

Corriere della Sera in Italy said the spin in the Aston Martin was "in the style of James Bond".

The front page of Britain's biggest-selling newspaper The Sun focused on the unprecedented double kiss on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

"You wait for years for a Royal kiss then two come along at once," its headline said on a full-page photograph of the couple embracing.

The paper said the wedding had given the country a lift at a time of deep public spending cuts and economic austerity.

"Britain showed the world yesterday that it is in good heart, capable, and open for business," it said in an editorial.

Germany's Bild tabloid also found the balcony scene irresistible, headlining its coverage: "Kate and William: Kiss! Kiss! Hurray!" It even gave readers precise timings: the first kiss lasted 0.7 seconds, the second smacker was 1.5 seconds long.