Huzzah! Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s people have announced that their wedding will take place at Westminster crabby Abbey on Aprill 29th, 2011. The U.K. declared that date a National Holiday, and I’m penciling in a sick day. What time will I have to wake up? Should I throw my own celebration for “The People’s Wedding?” and purchase a hat? I don’t know what to do with all of this excitement bottling up inside me!
Westminster Abbey was chosen by the Prince and his bride-to-be because of its meaning (his late mother’s funeral was held there). The prince’s private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton told The Daily Mail:
“The couple had chosen the Abbey for its ‘staggering beauty’, 1,000-year Royal history and the intimate feel it maintains despite its size. The venue has long associations with the Royal family – it is in many ways the Royal family’s church – and of course with Prince William personally. For Miss Middleton, the associations she has with the Abbey are quite simply the same as any British person would have for such a glorious and holy place.”
I’ve also learned (through various British reports. G’bless the internet) that Kate’s parents want to help foot the bill for the wedding, initially planned to be split between Prince Charles and the Queen. The Middletons, who come from a modest background, will most likely purchase Kate’s wedding dress (ranging from 40,000 to 200,000 pounds) or the wedding cake (which could cost up to 50,000 pounds. And PS-Princess Diana had 27 on her wedding day). William wants to make sure Kate’s parents feel involved and not overwhelmed with the planning. The future king has taken a firm stance onwhat decisions are to be made are to be made for the big day. A glimpse into the future of his ruling, perhaps?
Not only has the United Kingdom declared a Bank Holiday for the ceremony, but William and Kate want the nation (and the world) to take part in the celebration. Street parties will be planned, as well as a celebratory concert with headlining acts. What’s more, William is rumored to want to tone down the invites on Heads Of State in favor of charitable people he’s worked with over the years (mainly commoners). It will be a sort of salute to them as well as a celebration of his marriage, not to mention a tribute to his mother’s work.
She’ll keep the wedding dress a secret from her future husband, but the public will learn of the designer Kate chooses for THE dress in the near future. We’re not talking off-the-rack, peepertons. This is the wedding of the century. Stand up straight. You’ve got a wedding to attend.
Nana and I are so excited about this.