HUMOR: Spanish Economy Teetering

Just two months after a terrorist bomb killed 191 commuters in Madrid, Crown Prince Felipe married former news anchor and divorcee Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. More than 1,500 dignitaries attended the ceremony at Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral, which was decorated with more than a million flowers, with 20,000 police in tow for security (still, an uninvited retired Spanish colonel carrying a gun was able to sneak into the event—to no serious malady other than embarrassment—according to The Toronto Sun). Along with a pre-wedding feast hosted by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia and the post-wedding reception that included more than 1,000 bottles of Champagne, the event cost an estimated $25 million in 2004. The wedding was dedicated to those killed in the terrorist bombing.

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