Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thursday Thirteen - 208 - 13 Things About Prince William's Westminster Wedding

Day 23 brings us to W.

And what better way to celebrate W than by joining the well-wishers for the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton on Friday?

1 - Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate will be married on Friday, has been the choice for royal weddings for centuries, although there was a 600-year gap between the 14th and 20th centuries when high profile brides and grooms tied the knot at various Chapels Royal.

2 - St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle was a very popular choice during the 19th century, including the wedding of Albert, the Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark.

3 - St. Paul's Cathedral hosted the wedding of William's parents, Charles the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.

4 - Prince William follows recent family tradition by marrying at Westminster Abbey as his grandparents and great-grandparents did. In fact, it was his great-grandmother, the Queen Mother who began the tradition of laying her bridal bouquet upon the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, which has been observed by every royal bride since.

5 - William has his own rose named for him - the Royal William Rose. I wonder if these will be a part of Kate's bouquet?

6 - William met Kate while both were students at Scotland's University of St. Andrew's, when he played for the water polo team.

7 - William has been wild about Kate for 8 years.

8 - William presented his fiancee with his mother's signature sapphire engagement ring, made of 18-carat white gold.

9 - The bridal route will pass along The Mall, past Horse Guards and Whitehall to the abbey.

10 - Traditionally, the Archbishop of Canterbury conducts the marriage ceremonies of England's future monarchs, so the current archbiship, Rowan Williams, will do the honors for William.

11 - Besides royalty and foreign heads of state, several wing commanders will be on the guest list due to William's service with search and rescue.

12 - Also attending will be Sir Clive Woodward, former rugby player and coach of the 2003 World Cup winners.

13 - With all my best wishes to Prince William and Kate Middleton - may you never run out of things to talk about.


Akelamalu said...

Big day here tomorrow - I shall be watching it on TV. Can't wait to see Kate's dress. :)

Xakara said...

Am I the odd one out to have so little interest in their wedding? I'm happy for them and wish them much success but I really wish they could get married in peace.

I bet Harry elopes. *wink*

Happy TT,

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Travis Cody said...

I admit to being just a little fascinated by British royalty. I couldn't say way.

But we did not watch the wedding nor did we really follow all the hub and bub leading up to the big day.

Melissa Bradley said...

Very intriguing info. I saw the wedding and it was beautiful. So much more loving and fun than Diana's and Chuck's, which was elegant and so stiffly formal. Both were breathtaking, though.