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The Reaction: William and Kate's wedding date

Will and KateIn a Times Op-Ed by Susan J. Gordon, an author with an expertise in weddings, she questions the date Prince William and Kate Middleton chose for their upcoming nuptials. "Maybe you didn't know that April 29 was the day Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun in 1945," she writes. "But surely, someone in the royal household might have checked. Sixty-five years later, that early morning ceremony in a Berlin bunker still sends shivers up and down many spines."

Several readers aren't buying the argument.

"Whatever you do, don't choose December 1st. That's the day the L. A. Times chose to publish this execrable mess."--Satireguy at 11:32 AM December 1, 2010
"There are only 365 dates in the year. In the last few hundred years, I'm sure something horrible happened on every single one of those dates." --krisvonl at 10:12 AM December 1, 2010
"If everyone based what day they got married on historical events, there would be no wedding dates left. Should we also not get married on the days Stalin, Mussolini and Pol Pot were married? Finding a date that all your relatives can attend, that fits with your own work schedule and is available at the venue you would like is hard enough. Even if the couple is royal, they should be able to pick any day they want for their special day. Maybe in the future people will think of that day as the day of Kate and William's wedding anniversary, not Hitler's. Give me a break people, you can find something wrong with just about everything if you look hard enough." --Ptown Lady at 10:11 PM November 30, 2010
"Some Japanese were offended when Luci Baines Johnson chose August 6, 1966 for her wedding to Patrick Nugent, because it was the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Informed of their concerns, Liz Carpenter, who was Lady Bird's press secretary, snapped, 'Fine. We'll change it to December 7.' This column is equally much ado about nothing." --Kimiko at 7:10 PM November 30, 2010

There are more comments here. And that’s not all. This column also inspired ire in the Twittersphere.

-- Alexandra Le Tellier


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Photo: Britain's Prince William is to marry his long-term girlfriend, Kate Middleton, next year after an on-and-off courtship lasting nearly a decade, bringing months of speculation about his intentions to an end. Credit: Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters


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THe woman who wrote this op-ed piece is an idiot & you are idiots to print it. With all that is going on in the world, who gives a "flying you know what" when two people in love chose to get married

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It is such an exciting event, I am looking forward to being in London for it. Personally the date is just a date. My grandmother was in Aushwitz and she wouldn’t want the past to ruin a day of happiness. A new association can be made.



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