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Others wish Kate and William well, but are sick of the commercialization and the hype surrounding the wedding. No detail, it seems, is too small to be celebrated — the palace released video of cakes being made for the wedding, one of which is a fruit cake that gets better with age.

Windows of gift shops across the land are packed with mugs, plates, key chains and ashtrays.

One London art gallery has retaliated with a display of Kate-and-William sick bags, designed by artist Lydia Leith and screen printed with images of the happy couple in regal purple and gold.

Ellie Phillips, who helps run the Jealous Gallery, said it had sold dozens of the bags, intended as a comment on “the whole tacky merchandise” side of the wedding.

“We’re not anti the event itself,” she said. “It’s a nice happy thing that brings lots of people together. It’s just the way it’s been so rapidly commercialized and turned into an opportunity to turn out so many poorly made, cheap, tacky things.”

Royal wedding apathy is music to the ears of Republic, a group that has campaigned for years to persuade Britons to scrap the monarchy. It senses a change in the air, and hopes thousands will attend an irreverent “Not the Royal Wedding” street party in central London on April 29.

Republic spokesman Graham Smith said deference for the monarchy has withered since Queen Elizabeth II took the throne almost six decades ago, and since a rapt nation watched Prince Charles marry Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981. That union produced princes William and Harry but ended in an embarrassing, acrimonious divorce.

“I think people are responding with a giant shrug,” Mr. Smith said. “This is not 1981, it’s not 1952. It’s 2011, and people have better things to worry about.”

Aaron Edwards in London contributed to this report.