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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: Tyler, Katie and Joanna make finals in Royal Wedding Giveaway

They have first names, but they are under lock and key for the moment. Tyler, Katie and Joanna are the three finalists in Union Station Kansas City’s Royal Wedding Giveaway. Their short essays explaining why they should win the grand prize are posted at mix93.com, awaiting the outcome of a vote to determine which essay is most creative.

The prize description bears repeating. Here it is, along with the contest rules, from the Union Station news release announcing the contest:

“In honor of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Union Station presents a Royal Wedding Giveaway. The grand prize (a $25,000 value) includes:

• Wedding reception for 250 people in Sprint Festival Plaza at Union Station Kansas City, with tables, chairs, linens, food and non-alcoholic beverages

• $500 gift certificate for purchase of a wedding dress

• Flowers

• One hotel room for two consecutive nights at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott

“Each contestant will be asked to write a brief original essay answering the question: Why do you deserve a royal wedding? (The deadline for entries was May 17. No more entries will be accepted.)

“The Grand Prize winner will be announced June 6, 2011.”

Diana, A Celebration, the exhibition at Union Station that sparked the idea for this giveaway, is now approaching an attendance of 75,000. A new contest to celebrate this milestone will most likely be announced soon.

The exhibition continues through June 6 in the Bank of America Gallery. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.

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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: Do Kate and William mark a fresh new era for a troubled monarchy?

There is talk around the media that the marriage of Kate Middleton and Prince William means that the “tarnished crown” has been restored to its sparkle. Not that the crown has not had its rough patches in the distant past. There was Henry VIII, after all, and few other scalawags along the way. Still, there might be something to the most recent recovery.

John Hughes, writing in The Christian Science Monitor, tells the story of King George VI and an incident in South Africa when the monarch was traveling with his family.  Even then the media were along for the ride:

“The royal railway carriage, with its widescreen windows for better viewing, was parked for the night. By accident, the accompanying railway car carrying the press drew alongside it. To the amazement and delight of reporters, they beheld the king reenacting for his wife and daughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, the Zulu war dance he had witnessed earlier in the day.

“It was a rare and delicious lapse of regal decorum, the images of which served only to enhance the popularity of the king with his public. He had already endeared himself to the British people by steadfastly refusing to leave Buckingham Palace during World War II, remaining in London and sharing the dangers of the German bombing.”

What for King George was the source of a “bump” in popularity, was for later members of the royal family cause for embarrassment. There was, for example, Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince Andrew’s questionable financial dealings and a number of other peccadilloes and problematic relationships.

And then, of course, there was the very public and lengthy spat between Princess Diana and Prince Charles. The fallout did not end with their divorce, either.

However, Hughes argues that things are changing. He believes the recent royal wedding “brought uplifting color and spectacular pageantry to the fore at a time when the world is beset by problems and strife.” At the same time, England continues to benefit from the presence of Queen Elizabeth, for whom decorum and stateliness are the natural order of things.

Nevertheless, as Hughes points out, monarchy in general is on the decline. It is being challenged right now in country after country in North Africa and the Middle East. So will kings and queens be a thing of the past in England?

Not likely. The evidence from the past few months indicates that people love royalty, even if they live in a representative democracy. The outpouring of affection and admiration for Prince William and his wife, as well as for Princess Diana in the United States where a bit of cynicism should be expected, makes it clear that putting people up on pedestals is still a popular pastime.

There will be a new monarch one day. There will be more royal weddings. In the meantime, it might be a good idea to learn more about one royal in particular: Princess Diana. Diana, A Celebration, continues at Union Station Kansas City through June 12. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.

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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: Royal Wedding giveaway valued at $25K

In honor of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Union Station Kansas City is sponsoring a Royal Wedding Giveaway. The grand prize (a $25,000 value) includes:

• Wedding reception for 250 people in Sprint Festival Plaza at Union , with tables, chairs, linens, food and non-alcoholic beverages

• $500 gift certificate for purchase of a wedding dress

• Flowers

• One hotel room for two consecutive nights at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott

There are two ways to enter: online at www.mix93.com or by mail. Each contestant will be asked to write a brief original essay answering the question:

Why do you deserve a royal wedding?

To enter by mail, contestants must send their name, address (including hometown), telephone numbers (daytime and evening), email address and birth date, along with their essay and a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to Wilkes Broadcasting, Royal Wedding Giveaway, 508 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111.

Entries must be postmarked by May 12, 2011 and received by May 17, 2011.

When finalists in the Royal Wedding Giveaway have been selected, their essays will be posted online for public viewing and voting to determine the winner. The Grand Prize winner will be announced June 6, 2011.

There is still plenty of time to see Diana, A Celebration, at Union Station. This exhibition, which chronicles the life and charitable of Diana, Princess of Wales, has broken attendance records during its stay in Kansas City and will be here through June 12, 2011. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.

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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: Royal Wedding Giveaway celebrates the royal nuptials

Here’s a great opportunity for anyone who is getting married, planning to get married, thinking about planning to get married or just thinks marriage is a possibility sometime in the reasonably near future. Union Station Kansas City, in honor of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, presents a Royal Wedding Giveaway.

First, the prize:

• Wedding reception for 250 people in Sprint Festival Plaza at the station, including tables, chairs, linens, food and non-alcoholic beverages

• $500 gift certificate for purchase of a wedding dress

• Flowers

• One hotel room for two consecutive nights at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott hotel

This is a $25,000 value. So, if you are traditional, it could save the father and mother of the bride a bundle. And who would not want to have a wedding reception in the magnificent Sprint Festival Plaza at Union Station?

How to enter? The simplest way is to go to mix93.com and sign up.

To enter by mail, send your name, address (including hometown) telephone numbers (daytime and evening), email address and birth date, along with an original essay and a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to Wilkes Broadcasting, Royal Wedding Giveaway, 508 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111. Your entry must be postmarked by May 12, 2011 and received by May 17, 2011.

Now about that essay: It has to be original. And it has to answer the question: Why do you deserve a Royal Wedding?

If you attended the Union Station Royal Wedding Watch Party — and a lot of people did, some 3,500 at last estimate — you probably already know about this contest. You might also have visited Diana, A Celebration, the exhibition that chronicles the life and work of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who was also Prince William’s mother.

If you visited the exhibition, be sure to tell your family and friends about it. The reviews have been nothing short of spectacular. No one should miss it.

Tickets for Diana, A Celebration, are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.

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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station, Kansas City: Really obscure royal wedding trivia

How is this for love? Kate Middleton is allergic to horses, yet she almost always shows up for Prince William’s polo matches. Aaachoo! Scratch, scratch.

That is one of the sillier bits of information about the Kate and William floating around the Web. There are also little-known facts about other royals and their nuptials (and the consequences). Sites such as royal-weddings.org and zoomermag.com, among many others, are treasure troves of detail, most of which is useless but fun. None of it seems to be especially mean-spirited. It is the kind of thing most people would not mind the world knowing.

For example, Kate and William attended the University of St. Andrews. One in 10 former students from that institution wound up marrying an alumnus. Royal-weddings.com calls St. Andrews “the unofficial matchmaking agency of the rich and famous.”

And there’s more. . .

Prince Edward married a public relations executive back in 1999. Sophie, Countess of Wessex, finally quit her job in 2002 so she could help her husband with his work. The couple now has two children: Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn. The family has some rather important roles to play in soon-to-happen royal wedding. Sophie is helping Kate learn how to manage her new role. Lady Louise, at seven, will be a bridesmaid. It is also rumored that Sophie is the Queen’s favorite daughter-in-law.

The Church of England frowns on divorce. So, when Princess Anne married her second husband, Tim Laurence, the ceremony was performed at a church in Scotland. Anne was the first divorced royal to remarry since 1905. The two were married on December 12, 1992.

One member of the royal family — 13th in line to the throne — owns a furniture-making company. David Linley met Serena Stanhope in 1992 when he was commissioned by Serena’s father, Lord Petersham, to design furniture. Their children are Charles and Margarita Armstrong-Jones. Serena has a clothing budget of around $155,000 and, according to People magazine, is seldom seen in the same outfit more than once.

And that is that. The royal wedding is tomorrow. No more time for trivia. Busy, busy, busy.

The big event honoring the Big Event in Kansas City will be the Royal Wedding Watch Party at Union Station. The festivities begin at 3:00 a.m. tomorrow, April 29, and it is free and open to the public.

The party presents an excellent opportunity to see the Diana, A Celebration exhibition. It is a fine way to honor the grooms late mother and learn much more about her life and work. Admission is free from 3:00 to 6:00 a.m. and just $5.00 from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. It seems a fitting tribute to the People’s Princess on this special day at Union Station, the People’s Palace.

Regular tickets to Diana, A Celebration, are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.

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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: And yet more royal wedding trivia

On Google, there are some 3,330,000 websites dedicated at least in part to royal wedding trivia. Surely, they have covered it all. England’s royal family must be the most intimately known group of people on earth. Of course, Princess Diana herself was a prime example of the phenomenon of prying. The difference is that she knew how to use the media to advance her own ends, including her extensive charity work.

That commentary aside, it is time to join the herd and trot out a few more trifles about the royal family. These factoids have been taken from sources that include zoomermag.com and voxmagazine.com. An effort has been made to stay away from the salacious and hold to the higher road.

For example, it is not true that Kate Middleton and Prince William are too closely related to be married. They are actually 12th cousins, once removed. They shared a great-grandfather, Sir Thomas Leighton, 12 generations ago (for William) and 11 generations ago (for Kate). Sir Thomas was an Elizabethan (the first Queen Elizabeth) aristocrat. William Shakespeare was writing his plays and sonnets at the time.

This is unfortunate but hardly scandalous: Kate and William share their wedding date with an infamous couple from the fairly distant past. Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler were married in a Berlin bunker on April 29, 1945. Shortly afterward, the unhappy couple committed suicide.

The digital age has taken a turn for the romantic. Kate and William’s engagement was announced via Twitter.

William and Kate will not be accepting gifts. They have asked their wedding guests to donate to the Zoological Society of London. Both of them are dedicated to animal conservation, the Zoological Society is very active in that area, helping preserve elephants in Asia and Africa and rhinos in Kenya. By way of contrast, when Diana and Prince Charles were married, they asked for, among other things, a gourmet barbecue set and a pair of cockatoos.

As is well known by now, Kate’s 27-year-old sister Philippa Charlotte Middleton (Pippa) will be maid of honor at the ceremony in Westminster Abbey.  What might be less well-known are Pippa’s plans for the prenuptial experience. Rumor has it she is hosting a top-secret “hen party” in London and a Dirty Dancing party in Berkshire at the family home.

Stepping back into history for a moment: Prince William is only the second eldest son of a Prince of Wales to be married before his father became king of England. George V did it in 1892. He married Princess Victoria Mary of Teck. Princess Victoria Mary had been engaged to George’s older brother Albert Victor. However, Albert Victor died before he married Princess Victoria Mary, thus making George the eldest son. When Queen Victoria died in 1901, Prince Albert Edward, George’s father, became King Edward VII.

Of course, it was the eldest son of George V and Victoria Mary who would become King Edward VIII briefly. He abdicated the throne so he could marry Wallis Simpson, an American. His brother George then became King George VI, he of The King’s Speech fame.

Obviously, part of the problem with royal family trivia is how complicated it can become. However, if one can at last commit the previous bit of information to memory, it is certain to impress a crowd, if not completely befuddle everyone present.

Whatever the case, it should be unfurled like Princess Diana’s 25-foot train at the Union Station Royal Wedding Watch Party, beginning at 3:00 a.m. on April 29 — the Big Day. Time should be saved also to pay a visit to Diana, A Celebration. Admission is free from 3:00 to 6:00 a.m. and just $5.0o from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. Harvey’s Union Station will be serving coffee, and live coverage of the royal wedding will be shown. Many other contests, giveaways and other activities are planned.

Tickets for Diana, A Celebration, for other days are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.

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