Prince William and Kate Middleton Named Maclean's Newsmakers of the Year

TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - It was a fairytale wedding for a powerhouse couple. Prince William and Catherine Middleton gave the monarchy new blood and relevance. To everyone else around the world, they gave a love story to remember.

Part of the frenzied excitement over the engagement and marriage of Will and Kate stemmed from the sense that the couple's love match was real, not staged like many royal pairings of the past. This union of the son of beloved Princess Diana to a commoner suggested the royal family was evolving with the times. From their wedding to their cross-country Canadian tour, they captured the hearts of a nation.

Maclean's editor-in-chief Mark Stevenson said the couple was a natural choice for 2011 Newsmakers of the Year. "They were never very far from the headlines this year," he said. "And at every stop on their Canadian tour, the crowds were captivated by a very modern royal couple."

Maclean's 7th annual Newsmakers issue is 120 pages, and is on newsstands for an extended period starting Thursday, Dec. 1. The issue looks at all the winners, losers, heroes, heartbreakers, comebacks and setbacks of 2011.

About Maclean's:
Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine. Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.4 million readers with strong investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business and culture. Visit

Image with caption: "Maclean's today announced its 7th annual Newsmakers of the Year for 2011: Prince William and Catherine Middleton. "They were never very far from the headlines this year," Maclean's editor-in-chief said, in explaining the magazine's decision. Last year, the Newsmaker of the Year was Sidney Crosby. (CNW Group/Maclean's Magazine)". Image available at:

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