Royal Wedding - Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and his new bride, Kate Middleton, kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
Prince William and his new bride, Kate Middleton, kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

The Royal Wedding of Prince William, elder son of of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, to Kate Middleton, took place on the 29th of April, 2011.

They married in front of 1900 guests at Westminster Abbey, with the only hitch being William fumbling to put the ring on the finger of his bride. The ring was specially fashioned form Welsh gold, specially bought by the Queen, Elizabeth II, who is grandmother to the groom.

Later, the couple travelled the 15 minutes from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn open-topped carriage, along a route lined with millions of cheering onlookers.

More than 5,00 extra police officers were on duty, with 900 of them in the crowds alongside the procession route. There were 45 arrests made, mainly for minor disturbances.

The Royal couple in their carriage
The Royal couple in their carriage

Kate's Wedding Dress

Described as "Grace Kelly-esque", the dress designer Sarah Burton made for Kate Middleton has been widely acclaimed as being "stunning". Renowned wedding dress designer Philippa Lepley described it as "understated, classic and timeless".

There is no doubt the Royal wedding dress is beautiful, and sits perfectly on its owner, Kate Middleton, who been bestowed the new title Duchess of Cambridge.

Lip reading experts confirmed that Prince William whispered the words "You look beautiful" to his bride as they met at the altar, and in a humerous aside to his future father-in-law quipped "I thought this was supposed to be a quiet family affair".

Kate Middleton's bridal gown
Kate Middleton's bridal gown

The Wedding Preparations - written before the wedding.

The Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will take place on the 29th of April, 2011 at Westminster Abbey.

Invitations have already been faxed to the major sovereigns of Europe, because protocol dictates they are given earlier notice than foreign heads of state and ordinary guests.

Among the guests who have already confirmed they will attend are:

  • Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia
  • King Constantine, Greeceā€™s former monarch, his wife Queen Anne-Marie, 64, and their eldest son Crown Prince Pavlov, 43.
  • The monarchies of Romania, Spain, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium are also expected to attend.

The full gold-embossed invitations will be sent out in February.

Kate Middleton and Prince William
Kate Middleton and Prince William

A film of the Royal romance leading to the Wedding

Such is the excitement leading up to the latest royal wedding, an Amercian film company is in the process of making a film about the fairytale romance of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

American television network Lifetime have already arranged actor Nico Evers-Swindell to play Prince Harry, while UK actor Ben Cross will play Prince Charles. The name of the actress who is playing the part of Kate Middleton has still be to be released.

It is expected to be aired on US television the week before the Royal wedding takes place at the end of April, 2011.

The Goring Hotel, London
The Goring Hotel, London

Where the Royal Wedding Party will be held

The luxurious Goring Hotel, just a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace in London, is where the nuptials are expected to be celebrated, although the hotel staff are disclosing nothing.

With rooms fit for royalty, and every luxury catered for, this hotel's 71 rooms are fully booked for the weekend of the Royal wedding.

This is a 5 star hotel whose staff invented the word 'discreet' and no doubt a perfect location for the Royal couple and their family.

Rooms at this hotel cost anything between $500 and $3,000 per night. and that doesn't include breakfast.

Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace

Where Prince William and Kate Middleton will live after their marriage

After the wedding, Prince William has expressed a desire to live with Kate at his mother's former home, Kensington Palace, when in London.

He has confessed to having many happy memories with his mother, Princess Diana, as a chld growing up in Kensington Palace.

At the moment, he stays with his father, Prince Charles and his step-mother, the Duchess of Cornwall at their Clarence House home when in London.

He has no plans to live there with Kate.

The dress of Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II
The dress of Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II

Kate Middleton's wedding dress

At the point of writing this, Kate Middleton's wedding dress has not yet been made, but there are rumors that she may be asking Princess Diana's favorite designer to make one for her.

Her sister, Pippa, and mother, Carole were recently spotted talking with Bruce Oldfield in London recently.

For more than 35 years, 60 year old Bruce Oldfield has been been responsible for dressing Royalty at home and abroad.

Details of the wedding dress will not be released before the wedding on April 29th.

Royal Wedding Gifts

What do you the buy the couple who already have everything?

To save people from this dilemma, both Prince William and Kate Middleton are going to request guests donate a sum of money to their favorite charities instead of sending gifts of toasters and other household things that they do not need.

The details of which charities will receive these monies have still to be worked out, and guests will be sent details along with their wedding invitations.

Mary McCartney (doesn't she look like her dad?)
Mary McCartney (doesn't she look like her dad?)

The Official Wedding Photographer

It has not yet been decided who exactly will be commissioned to take the Royal wedding photographs, and it seems that both Mary McCartney and Mario Testino are in the running.

It was Mario Testino who took the engagement photos of the Royal couple, but 41 year old Mary McCartney, daughter of singer/songwriter Paul, is keen to prove her talents. She was already commissioned to take the first photographs of Tony and Cherie Blair's 4th child, Leo.

Meanwhile, her father, Sir Paul McCartney, has been invited to sing at the Royal Wedding on the 29th of April, 2011.

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey

The Royal route

The route the Royal bride will take from St. James's Palace to Westminster Abbey, and the return route the married couple will take to Buckingham Palace for the traditional kiss on the balcony is obvious for anyone to see should they visit London between now and the run-up to the Royal Wedding.

No expense is being spared to make the route as sparkling as possible for the Royal couple.

Major roadworks are underway causing huge problems for an already congested London with roads being dug up, grass being replanted at the sides of roads, trees being re-planted and concrete security barriers being installed.

The works will be finished in time for the Royal Wedding entourage, which will then pass down newly resurfaced roads with extensive landscaping on either side.

The utility companies have already been told that they cannot carry out any repair work that involves digging up roads of pavements in the area, until the wedding is past.

Royal baby

On the 3rd of December, 2012, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced that they were expecting a baby.

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IzzyM profile image

IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

It'll be televised for sure. I don't think I'd want to be there - the crowds would prevent me being able to see (I'm a short person).


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CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

I think that I must be the only Brit who is frantically searching Easyjet for a flight out of the country that weeken LOL! Though I hear that it is doing the biz for London tourism, with many of the hotels already being fully booked. Interesting info Izzy


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

its hard to find a new angle on the wedding, there is in print about it already.

Anyway, I'll be in Spain when it happens :)


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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

There's nothing quite like a Royal Wedding to get the media juices flowing and to get every 'Quick Buck' maker to come crawling out of the woodwork and they are already out !

Everything from cheap crappy Tea Towels to cups, plates and saucers Etc.

Although on the down side the Book makers are already giving good odds on how long it will last !

I don't think it's meant in a bad way it is just they don't think that the poor girl has any idea just how much media interest she is going to suffer and what tremendous pressure this will cause.

It will be like living in a Goldfish bowl !

I say good luck to her... She is going to need it !


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Absolutely - look what happened to Diana! And yes there are loads of people out to make a quick buck - but equally there are loads of people want to buy something to commemorate this historical event.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Well it's over the top and I can see where people may be upset at the over-the-top luxury of it all, but a royal wedding is so entertaining, so beautiful and fun to watch! I'm just wondering where is my invitation? (haha)


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Dolores they haven't been sent out yet, except to European royalty, so you never know! Plus they did say they wanted 'commoners' at their wedding :)


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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Izzy,

I live two miles away from Their country home and have never even been invited to a Barbecue but the town is planning a few street parties...being as they are more or less considered locals.

OK not locals as such but they do screw up the towns traffic as they pass through so I guess that makes kinda local...

As Dolores said it will be totally OTT no doubt there are some idiots already setting up their tent outside Westminster as we speak...


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Loveslove 5 years ago from England

I love A Wedding....most women do and I shall be glued to the TV that day even though I will be moaning about the expense of it all.

I love to hear the bells of the abbey so as there are no bells at our Parish Church where our daughter got married in 2009 I got a recording done of the Westminster Abbey Bells and it was played over speakers as she left church..it sounded magnificent.

I am sure Kates and Williams day will be a splendid occasion and despite the pomp and ceremony that will undoubtedly accompany the day ,we will all be glued to our TV's.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK8uMGT01wA&feature...


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

@ Merlin, it'll be an expensive day for town or villages to hold street parties as Tony Blair's government brought in a law 7 years ago to say that street parties must be officiated by proper street party companies and they are expensive.

@ Loveslove, I won't be watching on TV unless they show it on Spanish TV which they likely will at news time if nothing else. Just for future reference, please don't leave links in comments :)


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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

No doubt 'Elf and Safety Wardens will be needed to tell everyone not to eat too fast as it's a choking hazzard and some parties will have to be cancelled because there wasn't enough road cones...


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

LOL, that sounds exactly like what will happen :)


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Loveslove 5 years ago from England

Izzy M Why cant I leave links in comments ? Is it a rule that they are not allowed ?


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Not a rule, but hubbers don't like it - think about it - it could take the reader away from the page. You made a nice comment so I left it :)


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Loveslove 5 years ago from England

ok..I dont mind them on my hubs..but so be it ..should I comment again on your hubs I wont do it ....sorry


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invita 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

I wish my company could do their gold embossed invitations.


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vnustham 5 years ago from Thailand

Sound cool, when I was young I sat in front of TV to see Her Mother's wedding.. So excited again soon can't wait to see Live TV on wedding.


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

It's not long away now, then. Then this hub will die a death seeing as the wedding will have been and gone.


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mojefballa 5 years ago from Nigeria

Nice hub,am feeling as if i have already witnessed this royal weeding after viewing the attractive gowns in here.Nice work,thanks.


Bethany Culpepper 5 years ago

The big week is finally here...can't wait!


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

It'll be all over before you know it. Then we'll be hearing about the children coming along, then the problems, then the divorce, like the previous generation. Still, we can always hope that this doesn't happen and that they'll be happy forever :)


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ChristinCordle12 5 years ago

Yeah I can't wait to see the wedding of the royal. Nice Post.


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

It must be happening any time soon (today). I don't have TV so can't tell you.


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celebritie 5 years ago

This is such a lovely event and its nice to learn so many details of their wedding and lives.


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks for commenting :)


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jj12 5 years ago from England

I LOVED watching the wedding - and also the fashion parades. They were mostly wonderful outfits - although Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice were, imo, not exactly princess-like in fashion. And could Sam-Cam not have afforded a hat????


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

I don't think Eugenie and Beatrice have the figures for it. God love them - they're just like me!


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deblipp 5 years ago

I loved her gown and I hope she brings sleeves back to wedding dresses.


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kafsoa 5 years ago

it's really interesting to see British ruling class out of shell :)


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks for commenting Deblipp and kafsoa :)


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jamiesweeney 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Royal Wedding, very nice, I want to be a royal :)


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

OMG no , it'd be like living your life in a goldfish bowl!


chrissallyn 5 years ago

The British royal family captures the attention of several individuals, and the buzz over the upcoming royal wedding is a prime example. Many people will doubtless be talking about the wedding of Prince William and Middleton for years to come. Unless you are invited, you will not be able to attend this wedding even with a pay day loan.For whatever reason, the British noble family manages to capture the imagination of millions. For example, take a look at the massive amount of press surrounding the upcoming royal wedding. Several individuals will doubtless be talking about the wedding of Prince William and Middleton for years to come. I found this here: Royal wedding mania beginning to reach fever pitch.


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melodyandes 5 years ago

Stop the word of this wedding.


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Ingenira 4 years ago

The part about royal wedding gift was an excellent idea, and very touching indeed.

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