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Wedding bells quiet Irish antipathy toward British royals – for now

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Less officially but no less interested, online bridal magazine is holding a wedding party in Dublin’s exclusive Fitzwilliam hotel. Organizer Naoise McNally expects 60 guests to turn up to cheer the regal couple on.

“It’s not at all political for us,” she says. “We’re doing it purely as a fun morning for brides to be. After all, it’s ultimately a really romantic occasion of a young couple in love.”

Where's the republican antipathy?

What appears to be entirely missing on the streets of Ireland, at least as far as the wedding goes, is traditional republican antipathy to all things related to the British crown. Instead, those who are uninterested in the wedding tend to be just that: not interested.

Some see it as little more than a celebrity spectacle: “I suppose gossip fans will look upon the royal wedding as Hello magazine-Live,” says Conor Lambert, a renowned Dublin puppeteer.

Not all those who are celebrating the wedding are taking it particularly seriously, either. Ciara Norton’s family in Dublin will be having a small party – with a difference: a canine version of the ceremony. "We also have two dogs, a groom dog and a bride dog, complete with a wedding dress,” she says.

Unorthodox enactments of the royal event aside, Ms. Norton will also be attending a fashion event on the morning of the wedding.

“I doubt you’ll find very many men interested in the wedding,” she says, “but there is a female interest from a fashion perspective: What will people be wearing?”

Monarch's first visit since independence

The real test of Ireland’s republican sentiment will be May’s visit by the British Queen, the first visit to the Republic of Ireland since the country gained independence from Britain in 1920.

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