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Old 04-26-2011, 01:34 AM
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Does anyone know if they will have a pre wedding event like Victoria and Daniel?
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:03 AM
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Does anyone know if they will have a pre wedding event like Victoria and Daniel?
There have been no reports about a pre-wedding event. I doubt they will have one as they will be having a dinner for the close friends and family which would IMO make up for the pre-wedding event.
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:21 AM
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WALL STREET JOURNAL - VATICAN CITY—The May 1 beatification of the late Pope John Paul II is an occasion for the Holy See to bask in the aura of a pontiff widely seen as a modern Catholic hero.

But a high-profile event involving another European institution, the House of Windsor, is stealing the Vatican's thunder. The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London on April 29, two days before the beatification ceremony, is dominating news coverage around the world, leaving less time for the late pope.

In January, when the Vatican set the date for the beatification, Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, former head of the Vatican's saint-making department, said he expected more than two million faithful to show up for the event. Based on that prediction, Vatican and Italian tour operators booked entire hotels in Rome and its surroundings.
But the royal wedding date had already been announced several months earlier, and by March, Vatican officials had begun to lower expectations. Behind closed doors, Vatican officials told city event planners in Rome to prepare for as few as 150,000 people and only a handful of dignitaries, according to one planner.

Now, Vatican planners sound less than confident.
"I have indeed noticed that the wedding is drawing a lot of attention," says Father Caesar Atuire, chief executive of Vatican pilgrims' organization Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, or ORP. "I wish these two young people all the best in life…but the events are on two different levels." Father Atuire notes that "there are still plenty of beds and rooms available all over the city."

The Vatican has been doing its best to make the beatification go viral, with a website, a Facebook page and Twitter account, and a digital communication service to promote the event via social networking. Vatican museums will stay open until late at night on the days before and after the ceremony, and volunteers will distribute snacks to those who plan to attend the three scheduled events—a vigil, the beatification ceremony itself and a Mass.

At a recent Vatican news conference, the Rev. Walter Insero, a spokesman for the Diocese of Rome, implored reporters to help drum up interest on Facebook and "invite your friends."

Despite the marketing efforts, TV networks aren't planning to pull out all the stops for John Paul II, as they once did, longtime Vatican observers say. "There won't be a lot of space to cover the beatification because all the attention is going to be on England." said Sabina Castelfranco, an Italy-based reporter with CBS Corp.'s CBS TV.

Msgr. Slawomir Oder, the church official who has advanced the case for the late pope's sainthood, bemoans the attention the royal wedding is getting. "In today's world, gossip makes more news and gathers more of an audience," he says.

It isn't the first time the Vatican has had to share the spotlight with the British royals.

In 2005, the world was riveted as a panoply of dignitaries and four million pilgrims flooded Rome for John Paul II's funeral. Chants of "Santo subito"—"Sainthood now"—rose from the crowd in St. Peter's Square, setting the Polish pope on the path to beatification, the last step before someone is declared a saint.

But days later, the media spotlight swung impiously to Buckingham Palace as Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles.

Fans of the pope are chafing over the Vatican's sense of timing, because the overlap had seemed avoidable.

The royals announced their wedding date in November, two months before the Vatican set its schedule.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the archbishop of Krakow, who was John Paul II's private secretary, insisted the beatification should coincide with the May 1 Labor Day weekend, giving Poles enough time to travel to Rome, Msgr. Oder said. Now, Vatican officials are struggling with the consequences of their decision.

"I would have liked to attend both the events and I don't see how I will be able to do it" said Francesco Montorsi, a university researcher who lives in Rome and Paris and who attended John Paul II's funeral.

Pope's Beatification Vies With Royal Wedding for Public Eye - WSJ.com


A bit of what goes around comes around - the Vatican had a number of days they could have chosen for John Paul's funeral but they chose the already announced date of Charles and Camilla's wedding forcing it to be changed.

This time they again chose a date close to a British royal wedding but it doesn't seem to be in their favour.
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It's offputing to see comments about being on another "level" and "gossiip news" when it could have all been avoided by wiser choices. IMO, it would be have been better to keep those kinds of comments closer to the vest/ments.
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The crowds attending the wedding are expected to wear hats
Wedding crowds urged to dress up - Yahoo! News UK
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I hope it won't be raining on Royal Wedding Day
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Queen consents to a young party ,moving from the palace for a night
Royal wedding: Queen & Prince Philip move out of Buckingham Palace so 'kids can party' - The Daily Record
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Royal Wedding 2011: Rain predicted on Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day | Mail Online
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Rain is supposed to be a good omen. Though I think a light shower would be preferred
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:16 AM
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It was a lovely afternoon in London yesterday so we walked up Constitution Hill to BP, had a look around there and walked back through Green Park. Wonderful atmosphere, a lot of people around to see the general atmosphere there and see all the prep work being carried out.
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:23 AM
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Live coverage has yet begun on the Telegraph. Update every 90 seconds!!!

Take the Eurostar on thursday... till two days to be in London!!!
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:34 AM
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fans around the world arriving in London for the wedding:

Royal wedding: Fans look forward to 'wonderful day' - Telegraph
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:37 AM
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Rain is supposed to be a good omen. Though I think a light shower would be preferred
Same here. It's considered like a blessing from the skies. Let's just hope it will happen after 5 p.m


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It was a lovely afternoon in London yesterday so we walked up Constitution Hill to BP, had a look around there and walked back through Green Park. Wonderful atmosphere, a lot of people around to see the general atmosphere there and see all the prep work being carried out.
Muriel, it must be really exciting witnessing it all. Don't know if you plan to be there on the actual day, but if so, don't forget to came her to share flowers:
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You're not serious are you?...lol.

With the amount of publicity they have attempted to squeeze from their connection with the duo and that they have spoken at some length about William and Catherine with world media, there is not a chance and neither should there be.

"Blake" Gets me everytime!
I just suggested it based on what I thought they made a very hilarious and high quality production (and they're damn good singers). Didn't know about their publicity milking, though.
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Floral Decorations

The BBC News website has a report and interview with the florist and states that some of the floral decorations will be as follows: -

Azaleas
Rhododendrons
Euphorbias
Beech
Wisteria
Lilac
Blossoms
Lily of the Valley

This points to a "colour scheme" of lilacs/pinks/purples/greens/whites/blues.

There will also be six 20ft high English Field Maples and two Hornbeam trees inside the Abbey.
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The BBC News website has a report and interview with the florist and states that some of the floral decorations will be as follows: -

Azaleas
Rhododendrons
Euphorbias
Beech
Wisteria
Lilac

This points to a "colour scheme" of lilacs/purples/greens/whites/blues.

There will also be six 20ft high English Field Maples and two Hornbeam trees inside the Abbey.
Nice scheme of colors! Could you share the link?
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Nice scheme of colors! Could you share the link?
BBC News - Royal wedding florist plays down pressure

Hope this works! There is another link too that I will try and find.
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This link relates to the Lilies of the Valley from Cornwall.

BBC News - Cornish flowers for Royal Wedding
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The BBC News website has a report and interview with the florist and states that some of the floral decorations will be as follows: -

Azaleas
Rhododendrons
Euphorbias
Beech
Wisteria
Lilac
Blossoms
Lily of the Valley

This points to a "colour scheme" of lilacs/pinks/purples/greens/whites/blues.

There will also be six 20ft high English Field Maples and two Hornbeam trees inside the Abbey.
Sounds like it's going to be simply gorgeous. Can't wait to see what Westminster Abbey looks like on Friday!
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