Thirty years ago, teenage girls the world over were captivated by the royal wedding as Lady Diana married Prince Charles and became a princess.

It was just like a fairy tale--horse-drawn carriage and all.  We all wanted her dress.  And her hair.  The jewelry was in demand too.  (The husband, not so much.)

But an informal poll of my 15-year-old daughter's friends indicates that they're not captivated by all things royal this time around.  It's not the teenagers who are interested in this event:  it's the brides-to-be, whose average age is now 27.

In contrast, the average American bride in 1980 was 22 years old--much closer in age to the teenagers I surveyed today.

However, if you've got Royal Wedding fever, you might want to stop in and celebrate at Dunkin' Donuts the week of April 29.  They'll be offering a special-edition Royal Wedding Donut:  a heart-shaped jelly donut topped with vanilla and chocolate drizzle.  Baskin-Robbins is planning an ice-cream cake inspired by English garden design.

Since the wedding will be taking place at 6 AM Eastern time, I might even be able to grab one of those special donuts before settling in to watch the latest fairy-tale nuptials on TV.  My daughter, though, intends to sleep through the whole thing.  See if she gets a donut!

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