A royal engagement

Hannah ThompsonYouGovLabs and UK Public Opinion Website Editor
November 17, 2010, 2:52 AM GMT+0

Yesterday's announcement by Clarence House, the household of Prince Charles, that Prince William has successfully proposed to his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton has turned the topics 'Prince William', 'Royal engagement' and 'Kate Middleton' into overnight TellYouGov leaderboard sensations as people rush to comment on the news, both positively and negatively.

Have your say: The TellYouGov keywords for this topic are 'Prince William', 'Kate Middleton' and 'Royal engagement'

  • At the time of writing, the volume score for 'Prince William' has risen to 238 points, while his sentiment score is on a respectable 76 points and rising, indicating increasingly positive sentiment. Indeed, 'Prince William' and 'Kate Middleton' are both on 76 points, making them joint first on the leaderboard by sentiment score.
  • However, while the volume score for the 'Royal engagement' topic is on a hugely inflated 871 (up 836 points in the past 24 hours), suggesting a massive influx of comments, the sentiment score for this is on a more modest 52, with many negative comments pushing the total down.
  • Some are genuinely pleased with the news, and many TellYouGov users, or ‘tyggers’, have simply given their congratulations.Many are largely welcoming of the news, but expressed reservations about certain elements, be it fear of the media frenzy it will create, concerns over the cost to the taxpayer, or even wondering whether it will 'give us all a holiday next year'.There are those who are not so happy about the engagement news, however, with the main concerns being cost, and the intense media coverage that has already dominated the major media outlets in little more than 24 hours.Love in a cold climate?William proposed to Kate Middleton last month while on a private holiday in Kenya, and the couple, who met at St. Andrews University in Fife, are expected to get married next year in either the spring or summer of 2011. Further details about the ceremony are yet to be revealed, although rumours and speculation over everything from the date to the bride’s dress are already flying in the press. While many seem excited at the prospect of a royal wedding, critics have spoken out against the ceremony’s public cost in this time of austerity.Have your say: The TellYouGov keywords for this topic are 'Prince William', 'Kate Middleton' and 'Royal engagement'What is TellYouGov?
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