There's still lots of time until the royal wedding and yet some Britons are already asking: Is it over yet?
While millions around the world are following every detail of the wedding planning, others are desperately trying to tune it out.
In the British press, scores of stories about the April 29 nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton sit alongside grimmer news: An earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan, war in Libya, and a diet of spending cuts, job losses and inflation in Britain.
It's no surprise many people are not in a party mood. "I'm tired of hearing all about it," said Andreas Dopner, 24, of London's Imperial College. "...I think the money could be spent better elsewhere."