Naturally every newspaper has gone with the royal wedding on its front page today - there's just no getting away from it -and most have predictably gone with exactly the same image, give or take a millisecond here and there.
Each have embellished the image to a lesser or greater extent - a weak pun on The Sun versus the pristine front page of the Mail (while The Mirror weaves in the unfortunate bridesmaid who has become an overnight web sensation). But ultimately this safest of choices - exactly the same image their editorial predecessors would have gone for in happier, less competitive times for their business - shows the newspaper industry's collective preference for not straying too far from the crowd or historic precedent:
Which leaves The Independent and The Times fighting it out to be the best of the bunch. The Independent, as is its wont, has certainly dared to be different with its 'cut out and throw away keep' Tracey Emin scribble (still depicting that kiss). But the less said about this aberration the better:
So it falls to The Times to win, hands down, the battle of today's royal wedding front pages. It has focussed on the Austin Powers moment when William and Kate departed Buckingham Palace. Even many of those who tried to avoid the big event, have grudgingly admitted this was a nice, lighthearted touch and it certainly helped the event stand out from the more tedious pomp and ceremony of the day and tiresome discussion of the dress which could have marked any such event in any era.
Many commentators, and the Clarence House PR machine, have laboured hard to brand the royal couple "progressive", "modern", "fun" but The Times is the only paper to have reflected any of these apparently noteable traits on its wraparound cover: