Prince William and Kate Middleton - The World Loves A Fairy Tale

Kate and William - A Royal Wedding

We love fairy tales. Stories that begin with once upon a time and have happy endings. Disney themed plots that include beautiful princesses, a handsome prince, and enchanted castles add to classic tales we have all grown up with. That is perhaps part of the phenomenon we have with the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The invitations have gone out and as they await the responses, they are also preparing for one of the biggest days of their lives. Based on the press and the hoopla surrounding their nuptials, it appears to be one of the biggest days for the world too.
As the day approaches and Prince William takes his long time girlfriend, Kate Middleton as his bethrothed, the world awaits with anticipated desire to witness a royal wedding once again. By all accounts, April 29, 2011, the day of the wedding is set to be one of the biggest television viewing events. It is expected that there will be over a billion people watching the wedding from their tv sets and electronic devices.



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The Invitations Were Sent in a Pale Brown Envelope

In 1981, when Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer, it was one of the highest watched television events in history. This wedding may even be a bigger television event. The world has seen Prince William grow up, from those first baby pictures to his mother’s funeral to his engagement, there is a fascination with a young prince and his bride.
There is something different about someone who carries the title of prince. There is something different about a royal getting married. There is something different about the invitations, which are emblazoned on a white card which is beveled and guilded, and went out in the name of ‘Her Majesty The Queen’ die stamped with her initials in gold below a crown. The invitations were sent out in a pale brown envelope. The invitation reads: "The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by the Queen to invite [name] to the marriage of his Royal Highness Prince William of Wales KG with Miss Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on Friday 29 April 2011 at 11.00am." The guests are asked to dress as “uniform, morning coat, or lounge suit”.
All responses are sent to Lord Chamberlain’s office who is handling the details of the wedding.

After the Royal Marriage Ceremony William and Kate Rode in This Carriage

Built for King Eward VII in 1902, the Newlyweds, Prince William (Duke of Cambridge and Duchess Catherine rode to Buckingham Palace in this carriage after the wedding
Built for King Eward VII in 1902, the Newlyweds, Prince William (Duke of Cambridge and Duchess Catherine rode to Buckingham Palace in this carriage after the wedding
The glass coach,  Lady  Diana rode towards her  wedding to Prince Charles. This coach was built in 1881
The glass coach, Lady Diana rode towards her wedding to Prince Charles. This coach was built in 1881

A Royal Wedding List

A wedding is a wedding. So just who has been invited:

• The Royal Family and their friends
• The Middleton Family and their friends
• Friends of Prince William and Kate Middleton
• Members of Foreign Royal Families and dignitaries
• The Defence Services Representatives
• Representatives from Prince William’s charities
• Church representatives and members of other faiths and Armed Forces
• Select members of the Government, Parliament and Diplomatic Corp
• Members of the Royal Household
There will be about 1,900 people who will attend the wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
About 600 people are invited to the lunchtime wedding reception hosted by The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Where canapes and champagne will be served.
About 300 people will attend to the formal dinner given by The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace that evening. The reception is set for 7 p.m.
The majority of guests are made up of the bride and groom’s family and friends, which numbers approximately 1,000 people. About 50 people from The Royal Family and 40 plus members of the Foreign Royal families make up this part of the guest list. 200 people from the Government, Parliament, and Diplomatic Corps. About 80 are from Prince William’s charities, which include a homeless organization, a wildlife conservation group, Tusk Trust and the Royal Marsden Hospital. 60 dignataries from other nations, and 30 members of the church and other faiths and members of the armed forces.
President Obama, was not invited due to security reasons and The Duchess of York is not on the invite list either. But David and Victoria Beckham are invited, as well as Elton John.
Kate Middleton’s sister, Philippa is her maid of honor. Harry is William’s best man. In addition, other people in the bridal party include:
The Lady Louise Windsor
(Aged 7 – daughter of The Earl and Countess of Wessex)
The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones
(Aged 8 – daughter of Viscount and Viscountess Linley)
Miss Grace van Cutsem
(Aged 3 – daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh van Cutsem)
Miss Eliza Lopes
(Aged 3 – daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lopes)
Master William (Billy) Lowther-Pinkerton
(Aged 10 – son of Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton)
Master Tom Pettifer
(Aged 8 – son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pettifer )
Miss Grace van Cutsem and Master Tom Pettifer are godchildren of Prince William.

When the wedding ceremony is over, there will be a five coach procession carrying the bridal party, Kate's parents, Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Historic Royal Weddings

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton 2011
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton 2011
Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana 1981
Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana 1981
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Wedding 1947
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Wedding 1947
King George VI Wedding to Elizabeth I in 1923
King George VI Wedding to Elizabeth I in 1923
King George V  Wedding to Queen Mary 1893
King George V Wedding to Queen Mary 1893
King Edward VII wedding to Alexandra 1863
King Edward VII wedding to Alexandra 1863
Queen Victoria wedding to Prince Albert 1840
Queen Victoria wedding to Prince Albert 1840

The Wedding Details

Kate Middleton will arrive at Westminster Abbey for the wedding ceremony by car.


The 11 a.m. wedding service will be lead by The Dean of Westminster. It is the Archbishop of Canterbury who will marry the royal couple. The Bishop of London wil give the address. In the front rows of the Church, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry, will be seated The bride’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, Phillipa, Kate’s sister, and her brother James, will of course be in attendance also. After the wedding there will be a procession in a carriage to Buckingham Palace, where an afternoon luncheon reception will be held. Not everyone who is invited to the service will go to the reception. Prince William invited many people to his wedding ceremony only. Some people like soldiers who were injured in Afghanistan and Iraq, some of the homeless, people he has come in contact with through his charities are on the guest list for the ceremony. In the evening there will be a dinner, and dancing afterward at a private reception held by The Prince of Wales for close family and friends.


Special guidelines have been established for use of the Royal Arms, and emblems, photographs, and other souvenir related items for the wedding. Normally the use of these items is prohibited unless members of the Royal Family have given permission. Some of the rules have been temporarily relaxed to commemorate the celebration of their marriage. To qualify they must be in good taste, not be a form of advertising, and carry no endorsement from the Royal Family. There is an exception regarding merchandise packaging. The rules state the following “Containers or Receptacles of Merchandise
As a special exception, containers or receptacles of merchandise will, on this occasion, qualify as souvenirs provided that:-
(a) They are permanent in nature- i.e. metalware, ceramic or other semi- indestructible material and specially made for the occasion.
(b) They comply with the requirements of paragraph 3. With particular
regard to paragraph 3(b), the name of the manufacturer and details of the contents may only appear on the underside or interior of the container or on the stopper.
(c) The Royal symbols used on containers or packaging are limited to
approved photographs of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.
The use of Prince William’s Coat of Arms is specifically forbidden on containers and packaging.”


The royal family is allowing commemorative coins, as long as they are not currency, to be produced as souvenirs for the wedding day.
Other rules include Prince William’s Arms are not permitted to be flown as flags, nor can they appear on any souvenir packaging. No souvenirs about the wedding can be manufactured after October 1, 2011.

Kate and William will live in North Wales and he will continue his service in the Royal Air Force.

Fairy tales are filled with stories of princes and princesses and living happily ever after. But in real life, even royalty has to deal with the nitty gritty details of preparing for big events in their lives, and the complications of protecting the royal couple from over commercialization. Fairy tales don't really happen, but on Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding day, we will all do our best to pretend they do. 


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Aw the fairy tale continues the wonderful beautiful story of Kate and William - The World Loves A Fairy Tale! Your so right we do love a splendid fairy tale. :) Katie


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Katiem2, We all fantasize about happy endings, don't we?


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

You're so right, the world does love a fairy tale and boy could we use one right about now. I just hope their lives together are as magical as I'm sure their ceremony will be.

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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

A beautiful hub and yes we all love a fairy tale. I hope they have a great life together, there has already been enough tragedy. Beautiful voted up.

Sweet wishes Rhonda


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Fay and Rhonda, I guess this is the closest we will get to witnessing a fairy tale. We all wish them well.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I have always wondered why, we a country that rejected the idea of royalty, are so enamored with other royalty. Your fairy tale image may be what it is about.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

toknowinfo, Lovely detailed hub on the upcoming "fairy tale" wedding of Prince William & Princess Kate! Wonderful historical photographs as well! Great Job! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Dahoglund and Deborrah, Our connection with England is a part of the United States, and I guess we never quite leave our past behind us. I am glad you enjoyed this hub.


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Ingenira 5 years ago

What a lovely couple ! Thanks for writing. :)

I can't wait to see the event when it comes....


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Ingenira,

It surely will be event anticipated by you and the entire world. I remember his parents wedding, and how everyone was waiting to see what Diana's wedding dress would look like.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A beautiful young lady and this hub did them both justice !!

Thanks for sharing

Take care

Eiddwen.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi toknowinfo, Great hub on the fairy tale wedding of Prince William & Princess Kate, thanks for all this great information

Have a awesome weekend my friend !!!


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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

I only care because it is Dianna's son. It takes my breath away the amount of money spent on one day. Hopefully, he will enjoy the happiness of this union. Time passes so fast, I know his mother is looking down and is very pleased.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Eiddwen, There is a magic about England's royalty. You can see it even in the pictures of previous royal weddings.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Tom, Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments. You have a great weekend too!


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Pam, I think that he is Diana's son is part of the allure of it all. Not only does the wedding cost so much money, (although it probably will increase tourism and souvenir purchases that will be a boon to the economy) but the expense of having a Queen is a big burden on England, even when the financial situation is at its best.


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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK

Happy endings - that's what I like. We all want to live happily ever after.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

This fairy tale continues and I am so pleased that William and Catherine are so completely in love with each other. Charles and Diana's marriage was a total sham, Charles did not love Diana. At least some good did transpire from their marriage though, they produced two sons. Fortunately William has inherited his mother's warmth, love and compassion. A great hub thank you for sharing the details Toknowinfo.


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Dense 5 years ago from somewhere in a concrete jungle, hugging a green plastic tree, and wondering what happened

Loved the wedding pictures, esp the older ones. :)


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I agree with all that Acaetna says, from the lies surrounding the marriage of William's beautiful mother and ghastly father. This young man and his bride should redress the balance and remove the bad taste that Charles and Camilla leave in out mouths.

But get a grip, toknowinfo. The cost of the Queen and all that goes with having a Royal Family, far outweighs the minimal amount that they cost us. In tourism alone they earn millions.

There are approximately 61 million people living in the United Kingdom. Last year the Queen cost the British Tax payers 37.4 million. Get your calculator out... we have a bargain.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Thanks for that info Twilight, I was under the impression they were a cost and didn't consider the tourist factor. Thanks for setting me straight. I am also glad to hear that William and Kate will help improve the feelings regarding Charles and Camilla. What will the feelings be if and when Charles ever assumes the throne?


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susannah42 5 years ago from Florida

With all of the bad news and tragedy in the world, it's nice to have something happy to dewll on.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I hope the man never ascends the throne, I don't know if it is Constitutionally possible, but I feel that the majority of people in the UK would like to see William as King instead of his father. William has been under the influence of his father since Princess Diana died, and she was a very warm and loving influence on the two Princes, but she has been gone a long time, and Charles's arrogance may have rubbed off a little on William,,, who can tell. But from what appears, he seems to be a pleasant and obviously a very popular young man.

I don't blame Camilla at all, She has never opened her mouth, and is very much of a certain class... a class I do not particularly like, but she certainly didn't get involved in all that business when Diana and Charles aired their marital problems on the television.

It's the rest of the Royal Family, the Chruch of England and the whole Establishment that I blame... they all knew up to and during and after the wedding that Charles was still with Camilla and wouldn't give her up. Diana found out... or suspected it, and apparently approached the Queen and Prince Philip, who basically told her to shut up and get on with it.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Thanks for your insight. Hopefully, Queen Elizabeth will reign for a long time. It really is a shame what happened to Diana. Hopefully Prince William will be able to keep the spirit of his mother alive in the things he does. It seems like it may be a good sign that he is marrying his true love, Kate. Since she has no royal blood lines, it appears that he is marrying for the right reasons, and I think Diana would have wanted it this way for him.


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

You have great detail here toknowinfo. I am looking forward to the event. I think we all need a 'fairtytale' event to give us a lighter moment. Thanks for the info.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

My invitation arrived yesterday.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

HI Chs, You are right, we certainly need some good news to look forward to. Thanks for stopping by. It is always nice to see you.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Micky, Will you take me? I am a great dancer,a fun party person, and cute too, unless you want to take the girl from that checkout line.


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Betty Johansen 5 years ago

I wish Princess Diana could be there.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

It sounds like it will be quite an event. A fairytale wedding for sure. Lots of get info. They seem to be so in love. I hope it turns out better than his mother and father's marriage.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

With all that is going on in the world, it will be nice to rejoice in some good things. It seems like royalty have their own complications in life. I only wish them happiness in their new lives together.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

I totally agree with Twilight Lawns, William should become King and leave Charles, the traitor totally out of the equation. I hope that Queen Elizabeth lives to a ripe old age giving William and Kate time to enjoy married life before taking the crown. There surely would be an outcry if Charles becomes King and Camilla his Queen. I for one will be there to say my piece!!


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Acaetnna, Thanks for contributing your take on William and Kate. As the wedding approaches, things must be getting exciting.


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celebritie 5 years ago

This is so sweet, I love kate and william.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago Author

Hi Celebritie, Thanks for reading and commenting. Who knows if we will ever see a love story like this again in our lifetimes. It is nice to have some happy reports on the news.


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jamiesweeney 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

I'm glad to see them tied. It's not a happy ending but a happy beginning.

Great post,toknowinfo!Love this hub.

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