At 11.00a.m on Friday 29 April 2011, His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales will marry his sweetheart Catherine Middleton. The wedding will be held in Westminster Abbey with the Dean of Westminster conducting the service. The marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton will be solemnized by the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is expected that about 1,900 family members and friends will be at the service with 650 of them attending a reception at Buckingham Palace afterwards. Later that evening around 300 close family and friends will party the night away after a sit down dinner.
The Royal Wedding has caused much excitement throughout the world with many people really looking forward to the April event. Celebrations have been arranged all over the United Kingdom for those who wish to celebrate the day with the happy couple. There will be plenty of street parties and celebrations taking place in hotels and pubs across the country so tourists will especially enjoy their visit to the UK at this time. If you can’t make it be sure tune in to BBC One.
Pictured: Westminster Abbey – Great West Door. Photo credit: nikoretro
Bucklebury Gearing up For the Festivities
One village where there will be plenty of celebrations to mark this special day is Bucklebury in Berkshire, the home of Kate Middleton. The entire village here seems to be getting involved to make this a day to remember in Kate’s home town. The Bucklebury Farm Park will see an ‘extravaganza’ Tea in the Park, while local pubs will be having parties and the local church will be holding special services on the day. In the hamlet where Kate’s family live, Chapel Row, there will be a special wedding breakfast held and the Bucklebury Farm Park event will see many local bands, ferret racing, and a best crown and tiara contest for children. It is also expected that those in attendance will see a two and a half foot high wedding cake served. For those who want to have a great night in a local pub, you can join everyone in the local Bladebone pub for a themed ‘knights and maidens’ party. If you would prefer to spend the evening in the local pub favoured by Kate, then the Old Boot Inn will be holding a celebration barbecue and disco to mark the occasion.
The Royal Procession
If you would like to see the happy couple on their royal procession route then you could find a great spot along the route and wave as they pass by. Once the happy couple have been married at Westminster Abbey, they will pass by the Houses of Parliament and will see the famous clock tower Big Ben. After that they will pass the Whitehall ministries and the home of the Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street. The route will then pass the Horse Guards Parade and on to The Mall. The final stretch will see the procession take the tree-lined route down to Buckingham Palace at the end. There will be thousands of people lining this route on the day hoping to catch a glimpse of the beautiful bride and her Prince. You will probably have to pick your spot early if you are hoping to get a good view.
Check out this virtual Royal Procession created on Google Earth:
Berkshire on “Red Alert”
With Miss Middleton coming from the county of Berkshire, it is no wonder that there have been dozens of applications for street parties across the county already. There is likely to be very little work done in Berkshire on April 29 as everyone wants to mark the day Berkshire girl Kate becomes a princess. Councils in the county have agreed to waive the cost of road closures which has led to a huge increase in the number of applications for street parties so you can be sure that wedding fever will be rampant across Berkshire on the day of the wedding. In Twyford there will be a garden party held in Hare Hatch Sheeplands on the day with a sit down High Tea at around 4 p.m. Tickets cost £1 for those under the age of 12 while adult tickets cost £4 but for that you will be able to enjoy scones, cakes, cucumber sandwiches and pots of tea.
You could also try out some of the many attractions in Berkshire if you are visiting at the time of the Royal Wedding. For example, Beale Park in Berkshire is having a Royal Wedding Celebration on 29 April where they will allow all children to enter for free when accompanied by one full paying adult. This is in addition to the Peacock Restaurant offering a discount of 15 percent on all hot food that day. Beale Park is a wildlife park with gardens and offers a great day out for the whole family. Alternatively you could take a visit to Legoland in Windsor to see a small-scale version of the happy couple which has been made out of Lego. As well as the happy couple, there are some Lego guests too, including the Beckhams and guardsmen, photographers, and even Lego corgis. The model makers at Legoland will be adding more Lego guests as they are announced. Of course there will be the Royal Family watching from a balcony with a Lego version of the Queen watching proudly from above.
What about some memorabilia?
You may want to mark the day by making some purchases of special Royal Wedding memorabilia and you can find plenty on offer at John Lewis. If you like shortbread then you can buy a Shortbread House of Edinburgh William and Kate special edition tin of shortbread. As well as having the collectible tin to keep, you get to eat the delicious shortbread minis inside which have been made from fabulous mouth-watering recipes. There is also a range of commemorative souvenirs including stunning mugs, tankards, pillboxes, and plates all designed with the couples’ initials interwoven and which all come in a beautiful presentation box. These would make beautiful gifts or just a collectible for yourself from the most prestigious event we have seen so far this century.
So, that leaves the question: What will you be doing to celebrate the Royal Wedding? Street party anyone…?