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Let joy be unconfined

Just as we'd all given up hope, and forgotten entirely about the rather dull royal couple who'd been dating for years - they go and announce their impending wedding. And at a stroke, the recession is over, world peace breaks out, and all is well. Who cares about austerity budgets and public sector cuts when we can gawp at a horsy pair walking down the aisle. Hurrah and Huzzah!

William and Kate gave a press conference to the slavering paps and journos, and then settled down to give a full interview to a lucky chap called Tom Bradby from ITV. Here are some of the choicer extracts.

On their first meeting Bradby: When did you first set eyes on each other? William: It’s a long time ago now, Tom, I’m trying to wrack my brain. We obviously met at university – at St Andrews, we were friends for over a year first and it just sort of blossomed. We just spent more time with each other, had a good giggle, lots of fun and realised we shared the same interests and had a really good time. She’s got a really naughty sense of humour, which kind of helps me because I’ve got a really dry sense of humour, so it was good fun. Bradby: Kate, what did you think of William? Kate: Well I actually think I went bright red when I met you and sort of scuttled off, feeling very shy.

On the proposal William: It was about three weeks ago on holiday in Kenya. We had been talking about marriage for a while so it wasn’t a massively big surprise. I took her up somewhere nice in Kenya and I proposed. Kate: It was very romantic. There’s a true romantic in there. I really didn’t expect it. It was a total shock... and very exciting. Bradby: And he produced a ring there and then? Kate: Yes.

We're rolling out the bunting, and rushing down to Asda to buy our commemorative plates as we type...

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