Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding may have tinges of the turreted-castle fairy tale. But from romantic to ruthless, more than 40 modern monarchies, including Prince William's family, still influence global realities for better or worse.
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Theirs is a thoroughly modern royal love story.
They met as students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and love bloomed amid the mist and timeless splendor of a historic city of worn cobblestones, wind-swept beaches, and the Old Course, golf's ancestral home.
They dated for several years, broke up, got back together, and finally, much to the relief of a nation, issued a long-awaited engagement announcement.
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