Wedding of William and Catherine: Pre-Wedding Information
Welcome to the thread to discuss the Official Pre wedding information of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton
Please note that that this thread will be opened as get closer to April 29, 2011 . We also use this thread to discuss official information released by the royal family as it relates to the wedding.
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Wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton, 23 November 2010
The marriage of Prince William and Miss Middleton will take place at Westminster Abbey on Friday 29th April 2011.
The Royal Family will pay for the wedding, following the precedence set by the marriages of The Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981 and Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947.
from Latest News and Diary
The Prince of Wales - The wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton - an update
Here is the latest update on the arrangements for the wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton.
First announcement of attendance.
Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia/Serbia will attend.
The Wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton - An update on Maid of Honour and Bridesmaids, Best Man and Page Boys
14th February 2011
Miss Catherine Middleton has asked her sister, Miss Philippa Middleton, to be her Maid of Honour.
Prince William has asked his brother, Prince Harry, to be his Best Man.
Prince William and Miss Middleton have chosen the following Bridesmaids and Page Boys:
The Lady Louise Windsor
(Aged 7 – daughter of The Earl and Countess of Wessex)
The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones
(Aged 8 – daughter of Viscount and Viscountess Linley)
Miss Grace van Cutsem
(Aged 3 – daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh van Cutsem)
Miss Eliza Lopes
(Aged 3 – daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lopes)
Master William (Billy) Lowther-Pinkerton
(Aged 10 – son of Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton)
Master Tom Pettifer
(Aged 8 – son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pettifer )
Miss Grace van Cutsem and Master Tom Pettifer are godchildren of Prince William.
Details about the Bridesmaids’ dresses and the Page Boys’ uniforms will be made available on the Wedding Day.
This might be interesting to some, official consent has been given to the marriage:
Wedding invitations - The wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton
19th February 2011
Invitations to the wedding of Prince William and Miss Middleton have been issued in the name of Her Majesty The Queen.
The following groups of people have been invited to the wedding:
• Members of The Royal Family and their friends
• Members of the Middleton Family and their friends
• Friends of Prince William and Miss Middleton
• Members of Foreign Royal Families
• Representatives from the Defence Services
• Representatives from Prince William’s patronages
• Representatives from the Church and other faiths
• Members of the Government, Parliament and Devolved Administrations
• Members of the Diplomatic Corps
• Governors-General and Prime Ministers from the Realms
• Members of the Royal Household
Around 1,900 people have been invited to the service at Westminster Abbey.
Around 600 people have been invited to the lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace given by The Queen.
Around 300 people have been invited to the dinner at Buckingham Palace given by The Prince of Wales.
Notes to Editors
Please note we are not releasing the names of individual invitees.
The invitations were posted on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
A rough breakdown of numbers of guests is as follows (this includes spouses):
• The vast majority of guests are drawn from Prince William and Miss Middleton’s Family and Friends – over 1,000
• Over 50 Members of The Royal Family
• Over 40 Members of Foreign Royal Families
• Over 200 Members of Government, Parliament and Diplomatic Corps
• Approximately 80 guests drawn from Prince William’s charities
• 60 Governors-General and Realm Prime Ministers
• 30 Members of the Defence Services
The EIIR on the invitation is die-stamped in gold and then burnished. The text on the invitation is also die-stamped. The edges of the invitation are bevelled then gilded.
The Prince of Wales - Wedding invitations - The wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton
Kate Middleton's Bucklebury Bunch: Royal wedding to be Berkshire village affair | Mail Online
When Prince William and Kate Middleton walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey, they will be in the company of the world’s great and good. But also sitting in the pews, in keeping with the couple’s desire for a ‘People’s Wedding’, will be a selection of characters from Miss Middleton’s home village in Berkshire. Kate and William have invited a friendly postman, a trusted shopkeeper and his wife, the landlord of the Bucklebury village pub and their butcher to share their special day.
The names of the locals on the Royal wedding guest list were leaked this week as villagers started to receive the gold-embossed invitations. Shopkeeper Chan Shingadia and his wife Hash – who has checked with Kate’s father, Michael, whether she can wear a sari to the wedding – said they were delighted to receive theirs. Mr Shingadia, who lives above their Peaches Stores shop, said: ‘We’re over the moon, absolutely thrilled. I have known Kate six years. She comes in regularly. She has brought William in on about three or four occasions. The very first time it was mind-blowing to have a Prince in my store. He likes Viennetta ice cream – he buys that a lot. I’ve got to know him better each time. What’s lovely about him is despite the fact that he meets a lot of people, he still remembers my daughter’s name."
Launch of the 'Official Royal Wedding' website:
The Royal Wedding
The usually reliable Royal Musings Blog has reported that King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway will be attending the wedding.
The Prime Minister and Governor-General of Canada will be attending the wedding, with their respective spouses:
CTV Calgary- Stephen, Laureen Harper to attend royal wedding - CTV News:
Musiacans for the Wedding Service have been announced.
Musicians for the Wedding Service at Westminster Abbey
The Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund
"Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton have created a charitable gift fund to help celebrate their wedding. The fund will focus on assisting charities which support the five causes chosen by the couple. These causes are close to their hearts and reflect the experiences, passions and values of their lives so far..."
The Wedding Carriages
At the end of their wedding service at Westminster Abbey, Prince William and Miss Middleton will travel in the 1902 State Landau along the Processional Route to Buckingham Palace. In the event of severely wet weather, the couple will travel in The Glass Coach.
Miss Middleton and Prince William will travel separately to the wedding service using State Cars from the Royal Mews. The State Car collection includes two Bentleys, three Rolls-Royces and three Daimlers.
According to the Belgian media the palace confirmed the presence of prince Philippe and pricesss Mathilde at the wedding.
The wedding cake designer has officially been announced via Clarence House Twitter and the Royal Wedding website.
Leicestershire-based Fiona Cairns
ClarenceHouse Clarence House
Royal Wedding cake designer is announced - Royal Wedding cake designer is announced #rw2011
Royal Wedding cake designer is announced
I know the fruitcake bit had already previously been reported on, but they also add that William made a special request for a "Chocolate Biscuit" for the Buckingham reception.
With an election set for May 2, Prime Minister Harper of Canada will no longer be attending the wedding. The Governor General, of course, will be there.
BBC News - Royal wedding: Stephen Harper unlikely to attend
Wedding Commemorative Stamps
Royal Mail has officially announced today that it will be releasing a commemorative sheet of stamps to celebrate the Royal Wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.
The commemorative sheet features the beautiful images taken by world-renowned photographer Mario Testino of the couple in November.
The stamps will be available on the 21st April, Her Majesty The Queen's birthday, and just in time for the wedding itself.
V Permission to host and display the image of the Commemorative sheet has been given to the Forums by a respresentative of Royal Mail.
Ministry of Defence | Defence News | History and Honour | Armed Forces' role in Royal Wedding announced
The details and range of the ceremonial military personnel who will play a key role in the formal elements of the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton have been announced today.
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