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    Even though the World Vegetarian and Vegan News announcement on April 1 that the upcoming royal wedding would be entirely free of animal products was an April Fools' joke, it was not out of the realm of possibility. Indeed, Windsor Castle, the longest-occupied castle in Europe, went vegetarian for November 3, 2009, the only time in its nearly 1,000-year history. Hosted by the Duke of Edinburgh, the royal event was a beautiful interfaith gathering with scrumptious gourmet food. This may be a harbinger of things to come.

    Prince William, the presumptive future king of Great Britain, and Kate Middleton are set to be married on Friday, April 29, 2011. They reportedly chose this date specifically because it coincides with the Feast of St. Catherine. St. Catherine of Siena along with St. Francis of Assisi are the two patron saints of Italy. Both saints were known for being committed animal lovers and therefore vegetarians (like their fellow vegetarian Leonardo da Vinci). If Catherine, Francis, or Leonardo were having a feast, you could be sure it would be meat-free.

    Perhaps not incidentally, Prince William's mother, the late Princess Diana, was also an animal lover and vegetarian. Vegetarianism is somewhat more common in Great Britain than it is in America. On Prince William and Kate Middleton's special wedding day, if you'd like to give a gift to the couple who has everything, give the gift of life. Becoming vegetarian (no meat, chicken, fish, etc.) or vegan (no animals or animal products -- 100% plant based) would be the best gift of all. Not only would your compassionate and loving path honor the royal couple as well as St. Catherine and Princess Diana, but your vegetarianism or veganism would also be a great gift for the animals, for your health, for your spirit, and for our environment. Indeed, it is the number one action you can take on all those issues.

May we all live happy, healthy lives together!

Dan Brook is a commoner who teaches sociology and political science, while maintaining Eco-Eating at, The Vegetarian Mitzvah at, and Food for Thought--and Action at

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