Royal Wedding - Prince William and Kate Middleton
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.
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".
Who Stole the Show at the Royal Wedding?
- Pippa Middleton\'s Ass
Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of Kate, caused a sensation at the Royal Wedding when she turned up in a beautiful white figure hugging bridesmaid dress that showed off her curves to perfection.
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, Greece’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tom Tierney Paper Dolls
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.
On the 3rd of December, 2012, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced that they were expecting a baby.