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If I have a sentence like:

The royal family is extremely rich: The sled that pulls the princess is shaped like a golden swan, the celebrations last 3 days, and the bride and groom walk under a canopy made of purple velvet embroidered with pearls.

Is a colon the proper punctuation to use after rich, or would a semicolon be more suitable? Why?

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As a Brit, I'd take issue with capitalising "the" after the colon. But I wouldn't use a colon anyway - a full stop would suit better imho. – FumbleFingers Jul 9 '12 at 2:13
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Although both are independent clauses, a colon is the more appropriate choice here because a compound list follows the initial proclamation and serves to support its assertion.

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