Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Royal wedding details revealed.
Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton have revealed eagerly-awaited details of their forthcoming wedding.
The pair will have the eyes of the world on them on Friday April 29 when they tie the knot at Westminster Abbey and St James's Palace has now released a series of details about the day, which has been designated an official public holiday.
Information released included the route by which the bride will travel to the Abbey and confirmation that Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will marry the couple.
Miss Middleton will travel by car to the Abbey along a route including The Mall, Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and Parliament Square. A royal spokesman could not confirm that the bride would depart for the 11am ceremony from Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, St James's Palace or a private address.
Dean of Westminster the Very Rev Dr John Hall will conduct the service. The Archbishop of Canterbury will marry Prince William and Miss Middleton and the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, will give the address.
The newly-weds will return to Buckingham Palace in a carriage procession along a route including Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade and The Mall, St James's Palace said.
Once inside the Palace, the Queen will hold a reception for the couple and guests drawn from the congregation representing the couple's official and private lives. The Prince of Wales will give a private dinner, followed by dancing, at Buckingham Palace in the evening for the couple and their close friends and family.
The pair announced their engagement in November nine years after meeting as students at St Andrews University and their wedding is expected to draw a huge worldwide audience.
Britain will enjoy a bank holiday bonanza as millions get an extra day off to celebrate. With Easter falling the weekend before, and May Day holiday on the following Monday, it means many people will enjoy two four-day weekends in a row.
The couple were said to be "completely over the moon" after getting the spring wedding they wanted in a venue they chose for its "staggering beauty" and 1,000-year royal history. They are also keen on making the day a national celebration and a concert in Hyde Park to mark the occasion has been proposed.