The world’s gone mad over a wedding. If you have to ask “who’s getting married?” you must’ve been sleeping all year.
More than a thousand journalists from all over the world are in London, hundreds of photographers are staking their spots along the route hoping to get the one photo that will bring them fame and fortune, pay for their mortgages and their kids college educations.
Why is this wedding being described as the wedding of the century?
Because the world still loves Princess Di?
Or because this really is a Cinderella story: an ordinary English girl called Kate is going to become a princess. (Her father was a former flight dispatcher, and her mother a flight attendant.)
The London bookies are busy. The most popular bets: “Who designed the dress?”, “What’s the length of the train?”, “Who do you think will cry first?”
The secrecy around the bride’s dress is so secure, that the night before the wedding I don’t even know the designer. Is it Kate herself? One thing is for sure: Kate Middleton will have to look like a princess, so she will be wearing a tiara.
Princess Di wore a billowy bouffant gown with a 25 foot long train at her wedding, and changed bridal fashions overnight.
Did you know that we all still emulate what Queen Victoria wore at her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840? She changed tradition by wearing a white dress.
Why did the couple chose to get married on 29th April? Why a Friday? Why not a Saturday (Britain loses one billion dollars each public holiday?)
According to the London Telegraph:
William and Kate wanted to marry on a Friday in spring and 29 April was chosen because it fell after Easter and Lent and before a busy political programme in May and June.
I’ve also been told Saint Catherine of Siena’s feast day is April 29.
Whatever the reason the British people are very happy. The wedding day is a public holiday and as it falls in the same week as Easter Monday it gives millions of workers a three-day week, and as May 2 is already a bank holiday “you can take a two week holiday, but only use 6 days of vacation,” which is what every English tourist at my cash register told me today.
The wedding will be at Westminster Abbey
How much is this wedding going to cost? Millions of dollars. The Royal family and the Middletons are paying for it, but British taxpayers are paying for the extra security.
I must say that I’m relieved I wasn’t invited, there are so many rules around the perfect wedding guest outfit, but what on earth does one wear to a royal wedding?
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William and Kate wanted a simple wedding, but so much is dictated by tradition. For example,
Flowers: Tradition dictates that a royal bride’s bouquet contains a sprig of myrtle from the bush grown from the original myrtle in Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet. Royal brides send their bouquet back to the abbey to be placed on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.
The cake: A traditional multi-tiered iced fruit cake featuring the “language of flowers” will be the centrepiece. A chocolate cookie cake is also being made especially for Prince William by McVitie’s.
The ring: Prince William will not wear a wedding ring, but his new wife’s will be made from gold given to the prince by the Queen. According to tradition, the Welsh gold for royal rings comes from the Clogau St David’s mine at Bontddu in North Wales.
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Many people in North America are going to get up in the middle of the night to watch the wedding on TV – as they did for Diana and Charles’ wedding. The guests at my cousin Hazel’s party are going to put on their big hats and white gloves, and she’s serving cucumber sandwiches, McVitie’s chocolate digestive cookies, and scones, with cups of strong English tea.