Okay, so I was ten when Lady Diana Spenser married the Prince of Wales, so I don't know what it is like to be Single during Royal Wedding hysteria. I was grown-up and Single when the Earl of Wessex (Prince Edward) married Sophie, but I felt fine. There wasn't much hysteria, since it was just, you know, Prince Edward. Not the most high profile of chaps.
I do remember, back in 1981, that the papers were full of Lady Di and Prince Charles and it seemed that every British woman over 19 got her hair cut just like Lady Di. You can always tell a British film or TV episode was shot in 1980-1982 by the Lady Di hairstyle on the women.
Therefore, I predict similar hysteria over Kate Middleton, whose engagement to Prince William was announced today, so hold onto your, er, hats. Thank goodness Kate has lovely, long hair. She's brunette, too, just like Diana started out.
Some things to remember:
Kate is 28.
Dating a future king is just about the only time I would consider an 8 year dating relationship at all reasonable.
Sleeping with and even living with a man before marriage in the desperate hope that you will get married to him "one day" is still not on.
IMH(?)O, Kate Middleton was an ordinary girl who fell into an extraordinary situation, and has dealt with it pretty well, all things considered. She is a good role model in that she has perfect manners in public and good dress sense. These are the only two ways in which you should compare yourself to her.