For the generation that sat and watched Diana float down the aisle of St. Paul’s Cathedral so many years ago, this seems like the culmination of a dream. Prince William and Kate Middleton will be wed on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey, the church were his mother was laid to rest in 1997. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams will conduct the ceremony.
Prince William proposed to Kate while on vacation in Kenya, presenting her with a sapphire and diamond ring that once belonged to his mother. The young couple is intimately involved in all the arrangements, and there are a few unusual components already coming to light. Prince William wants to fill the audience with children, the homeless and volunteers, turning the event in to a “People’s Royal Wedding.” Kate is also making changes, forgoing the traditional glass carriage and instead opting for something a bit more modern.
In addition to the private, intimate reception being planned by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles will host an evening of dining and dancing. Street parties are also being organized around the country to allow everyone to participate in the festivities.
Rumors are still flying about who will be performing at the wedding itself. Both Elton John and Paul McCartney have been cited as possibilities.
With the current economic state and the austerity with which most people must currently lead their lives, questions of how the wedding will be funded have arisen. The bill, barring security, will be split between the two families, with the Queen and Prince Charles footing most of the cost.
There has been a great deal of chatter about the effect that this wedding will have upon the line of royal succession. Currently Prince William is second in line for the throne, behind his father. However, any child that William and Kate have will supersede William’s younger brother, Harry.
Public opinion has been enthusiastic that the upcoming marriage will help ameliorate the negative picture of the Royals, now viewed strongly as a collection of over-privileged, argumentative individuals. Time will tell if that enthusiasm proves warranted.
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