A Guide to the Royal Wedding

It's royal wedding fever! And here is your ultimate rundown of what's what for the much-anticipated wedding of the centruy - when Prince William marries Catherine Middleton in just one day's time!

WEDDING

- Will take place on Friday April 29, 2011 at the historic Westminster Abbey in London starting at 11am (8pm AEST), finishing about an hour later.
- The royal family, with a private contribution from the Middleton family, is paying for the wedding service itself.
- The Middletons have reportedly contributed nearly STG100,000 ($A137,700), paying for suites at the Goring Hotel, bridal gowns, bridesmaids' dresses, the maid of honour's outfit and the honeymoon.
- The government is paying for consequential costs, such as security.
- The funeral service for William's mother Diana was held at the Abbey in 1997.

BRIDAL PARTY

- Catherine's father Michael Middleton will escort her down the aisle.
- Best man: Prince Harry
- Maid of Honour: Philippa Middleton

Bridesmaids:
- Lady Louise Windsor, 7, William's first cousin, the daughter of Prince Edward.
- The Honourable Margarita Armstrong-Jones, 8, William's second cousin, the daughter of Viscount Linley.
- Eliza Lopes, 3, granddaughter of Prince Charles' wife Camilla.
- Grace van Cutsem, 3, godchild of Prince William.

Page Boys:
- Billy Lowther-Pinkerton, 10, son of William and Harry's private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.
- Tom Pettifer, 8, is another one of William's godchildren and the son of William's former nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke.

CLERGY

- The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams will marry the couple.
- The Dean of Westminster, John Hall, will conduct the service.
- The Bishop of London, Dr Richard Chartres, a personal friend of Prince Charles, will give the address.

VOWS

- Still to be formally disclosed, but Catherine Middleton reportedly won't vow to obey - just like Diana.
- Catherine will instead promise to "love, comfort, honour and keep" William

RINGS

- The couple have decided William will not have a ring
- Catherine's wedding ring will follow the tradition of being made from a nugget of Welsh gold
- Her sapphire and diamond ring engagement ring belonged to William's late mother, Diana.

WEATHER

- Possibly showers, with forecasters predicting temperatures in the high teens.

MUSIC

- Details of the music for the wedding service are yet to be disclosed.
- Two choirs, one orchestra and two fanfare teams will perform the music at the wedding service.

They are:
- The choir of Westminster Abbey
- The choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, St James's Palace
- The London Chamber Orchestra
- The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force
- The State Trumpeters of The Household Cavalry
- The Abbey's sub organist, Robert Quinney, will play the organ
- Claire Jones, the official harpist to Prince Charles will perform at the reception given by The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

GUESTS

- 1900 will attend the service at Westminster Abbey
- 650 will attend a lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Queen. They will be served canapes.
- 300 close friends and family will attend a private dinner at the Palace hosted by Prince Charles. Dancing will follow.
- More than 1000 of the guests are friends and family of William and Catherine.
- More than 50 are members of the British royal family.
- More than 40 are from foreign royal families.
- More than 200 are members of the British government, parliament and diplomatic corps.
- About 80 guests are from William's charities.
- 60 are governors-general and prime ministers - including Australia's Quentin Bryce and Julia Gillard.
- 30 are members of the defence services

- US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle didn't make the guest list, nor did Prince Andrew's ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, or former Labour British prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

- Celebrity guests include Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham, Rowan Atkinson, Guy Ritchie, Joss Stone and Australian Olympian Ian Thorpe.

AUDIENCES

- An estimated 2 billion people worldwide are expected to watch the wedding, either on television or via the internet.
- The Royal Household has set up a YouTube channel webcasting the wedding: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalChannel
- 750 million watched William's parents Charles and Diana wed in 1981.
- An estimated 7000 journalists from around the world will be covering the wedding.
- The BBC will have at least 550 staff on the day, using about 100 cameras in Westminster Abbey and along the procession route.
- About 140 broadcast trucks are expected to set up in Green Park near Buckingham Palace.
- 48 television studios have been purpose-built nearby in what is thought to be largest outside broadcast ever seen.
- More than 5500 street parties are being planned in Britain in honour of the wedding.
- Tens of thousands are expected to line the procession route to see the couple in person.
- About 20,000 people are expected to flock to Trafalgar Square and the immediate vicinity, while about 200,000 are anticipated in Hyde Park, where three screens will show all the action on the day.

PROCESSION

- Catherine and her father will be driven from the Goring Hotel to the Abbey in a Rolls Royce Phantom VI, presented to the Queen for her silver jubilee in 1975.
- William and Harry will travel to the Abbey in a Bentley.
- The cars will travel at about 14km/h.
- After the ceremony, five horse-drawn carriages will be involved in the carriage procession after the wedding from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace.
- Newlyweds will travel in the first carriage - the 1902 State Landau, or, if it is raining heavily, the Glass Coach.
- The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Camilla and the Middletons, and the bridal party will follow in the other carriages.
- The royal wedding procession route will run from Westminster Abbey to Parliament Square and then on to Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade before The Mall to Buckingham Palace, passing many well-known landmarks.
- Thousands are expected to line the streets throughout the day.
- The Band of the Coldstream Guards will entertain the crowds with show tunes, pop songs and singalong ditties.
- An official souvenir wedding program will be sold for STG2 ($A3) to the crowds lining the processional route. It will include the full Order of Service (as used by guests in the Abbey), and a personal message of thanks from William and Catherine.
- A total of 1353 military personal will play a part in the royal wedding, being drawn from all three services.

MENU

- Yet to be disclosed, but is expected to showcase the best of British food.
- Leicestershire-based cake designer, Fiona Cairns, will create the wedding cake - a multi-tiered traditional fruit cake, decorated with cream and white icing, with have a strong British floral theme.
- William has also requested McVitie's Cake Company create a chocolate biscuit cake from a royal family recipe for the reception.

GIFTS

- William and Catherine have selected 26 charities for wellwishers to make donations to.
- This includes the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in Australia, and the Christchurch earthquake appeal. William attended the Christchurch memorial service in March.
- Australia's wedding gift is a $25,000 donation to the RFDS; New Zealand is giving $NZ10,000 to the earthquake appeal.
- Australia gave 20 handcrafted silver platters to William's parents, Charles and Diana, when they wed in 1981.
- William and Catherine reportedly have a private gift registry for family and friends.

SECURITY


- 5000 police officers will be on duty
- 900 officers will line the procession route between Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace.
- The Metropolitan Police's Mounted Branch will escort the royal procession.
- 35 specially trained search dogs will be on duty throughout the day of the royal wedding.
- 11,000 barriers will be used to corral the crowds along the route.

HOME

- William and Catherine will continue to live at their rented cottage in Anglesey, Wales, where William is a RAF search and rescue pilot. They will also have a London base, possibly sharing a suite at Clarence House with Prince Harry.

TBA

- Dress. Will not be revealed until Catherine leaves the Goring Hotel in London, where she will spend the night before the wedding with her family.
- Flowers. Likely to be very English, and will include the traditional sprig of myrtle. It's yet to be confirmed if she will leave the bouquet at the grave of the unknown warrior, a tradition started by the Queen Mother.
- Honeymoon. No details yet, although Jordan and Australia's exclusive Lizard Island have been mentioned. The couple will spend their wedding night at Buckingham Palace before heading to Balmoral on Saturday. They will leave on their overseas honeymoon on Sunday.
- Title. The Queen is likely to bestow a title - probably a dukedom - on the newlyweds on Friday. Pundits are predicting William will be made the Duke of Cambridge.

From AAP

AAP copyright agreement

Want more? We thought you might like this video.

 
 

Sign Out

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.

0 comments