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William and Catherine Royal Wedding - Facts and Information

Updated on May 4, 2011
wedding of prince William and Kate Middleton
wedding of prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton

The North Point Cafe on North Street is said to be the place where William and Kate first met and romance blossomed.

At the age of 29, Kate Middleton is the oldest spinster that married to a future king. There were only two women older than her when married to a king-in-waiting but both were divorcees.

It took about 3 and a half minutes for Kate Middleton to walk down the aisle.

The Royal Wedding took place on 29th April – the same date that Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun.

Viewers

It was estimated that more than 24m viewers watched the royal wedding in the UK (on the BBC and ITV) and a million people lined the wedding procession route on Friday from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace.

The estimated figures for the BBC and ITV put this wedding in the all-time top 10 most-watched special events, although there were more people (27.6m) who watched the wedding of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips in 1973, 28.4 million who watched the wedding of Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, 32.1 million watched the funeral of the Princess Diana in 1997 and 32.3m watched the 1966 World Cup Final.

An estimated two billion people around the globe were watching the wedding, making it the third most watched television broadcasts – the second is the funeral of Princess Diana (2.5 billion) and the first is the 2008 Summer Olympic opening ceremony in China (4 billion).

Cake

The eight-tiered Royal Wedding cake contained 17 different types of flower, each one picked by Kate for their symbolism and meaning. The cake had 900 sugar paste flowers in total. The cake maker, Fiona Caims became exhausted but elated after working for 5 weeks on the project. It is also said that transporting the cakes to the palace from Leicestershire was the hardest part as they were worried they would get damaged.

Attended by 650 guests, there were about 10,000 canapes that had been prepared by a team of 21 chefs for the Buckingham Palace reception.

Other Indormation

The royal wedding was mentioned online once every ten seconds. During the ceremony, wedding mentioned 268,777 times on Facebook in the UK alone. Since Facebook was updated 74 times a second during the service, this made the royal couple’s big day become the 6th biggest web event in history. Even British troops serving in Afghanistan also used the internet to send their best wishes to the couple.

More than 5000 police officers were sent on duty to ensure event ran like clockwork. There were also more than 1,300 armed forces personnel that played a role in the wedding.

1902 state Landau that carried Catherine and William to Buckingham Palace for the reception is the same landau used by Charles and Diana 30 years ago on their wedding day. It was specifically built for King Edward VII in 1902 and it is normally used open and drawn by 6 horses.

Kate is reportedly allergic to horses, this is slightly unfortunate when you become a member of horse fanatic family.

In creating the Kate middleton's wedding dress, the workers had to wash their hands every 30 minutes in order to keep the threads and lace pristine. The needles were also renewed every three hours to keep them clean and sharp.
Kate Middleton’s bridal train measured 270 cm (2 meters and 70cm).

The engagement ring which William gave to Middleton was the 18-carat white gold ring with an oval sapphire (12-carat) and 14 round diamonds – it is the same engagement ring that William’s father had given to Princess Diana.

The cost of the wedding was reportedly £20 million. Although the exact cost is not known, here are some estimates: security: $32 million, dress: $150,000, flowers: $800,000, cake: $80,000, food: $250,000, drink: $250,000, invitations: $50,000, honeymoon: $50,000. It is said that the royal wedding also cost the Middleton family around $500,000.

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