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I spent a pleasant few moments yesterday looking for the traditional April Fool stories in the morning papers, or at least the few that I could lay my hands on.

I started with the Daily Mail which likes to pride itself on its clean cut sense of humour even if that pride is often misplaced.

The problem with the Mail is that it’s hard to tell when it has its tongue in cheek because most stories, most days, sound like they could be an April Fool prank.

Yesterday was no different: Prince William won’t wear a wedding ring; Water-walk balls could be deadly; Men with a pot belly more likely to go blind; Harrow tutor’s topless pictures; Could a pill take away the tempting aroma of food?; Someone’s cursed our Buddha bush. The list went on.

In fact, theirs was a pretty weak effort on page three, a photo purportedly showing Kate Middleton looking at baby outfits at Mamas and Papas on the Kings Road in Chelsea.

The reporter was one Martha Care and implied that the happy couple are already planning a family, although you could also read into it that she will be pregnant as she walks up the aisle.

The royal April Fool theme was played with far greater style and humour by the republican Guardian in its editorial that stated it was changing its stance by pledging full-throated support for the monarchy. As they said of the royal wedding:

Few things, after all, are as likely to lift the spirits of Britain’s embattled public sector workers or benefit claimants than the sight of Kate Middleton’s sure-to-be-spectacular wedding dress.

The joke was backed up by a half-page ad from BMW announcing a Royal Edition of the M3 Coupé, available in Regal Red, Bridal White and Imperial Blue, resplendently upholstered in Windsor White Dakota leather, lus the commemorative Will emblem shown above. Email pauline.yorlegg@bmw.co.uk for further details.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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