Friday, April 29, 2011

The Royal Wedding

TODAY is the BIG day! The royal wedding is finally upon us! Are you excited?! Here are some fun "Royal Wedding" tidbits I've recently learned....
• Dr. Rowan Williams will officiate the wedding. He was the officiate of Prince Charles & Princess Diana’s wedding among several other royals.

• William will receive a new title on his wedding day. Up for grabs is Dukedom of Sussex or Duke of Cambridge. Either way, Queen Elizabeth will determine his new name. The decision will be made by 8:30am on the day of their wedding.

• They will get married at the Westminster Abbey and the Queens’ reception will be at Buckingham’s Palace around 1pm.

• Prince Harry will serve as the best man.

• Kate’s engagement ring was Princess Diana’s.

• Will proposed to Kate in Kenya, Africa.

• Pippa, Kate’s sister will serve as the Maid of Honor.

• Will’s friends will not get to be Ushers at the wedding. Instead, a group of 10 men will be paid to do so. This is a tradition that dates back to the 15th century.

• Kate must pick a lady-in-waiting once she is married. This lady will travel with her and attend official engagements with her. It is likely she will choose her sister.

• Kate will arrive at Westminster Abbey in a Rolls Royce but leave in a horse drawn carriage with her prince. The carriage will be covered or uncovered depending on the weather.

• The night of wedding Prince Charles will host a private party but Will & Kate will not be in attendance.
• At 1:30pm Will & Kate will (hopefully) follow the tradition of stepping out on the Buckingham Palace balcony for a kiss.

• Will & Kate have chosen a four bedroom farmhouse in North Wales to call home after they get married.

• A Bachelorette party in England is called a Hen.

• The prince does not wear a wedding band on his left hand. Instead, they wear a small band on their pinky finger. Will has chosen not to have a ring.

• Will & Kate will not write their own vows. Instead, they have to pick one of the two traditional sets of vows found in either the 1662’s Book of Common Prayer or Book of Common Worship.

• As of April 29th, Kate will be an HRH - Her Royal Highness

• The rules of curtsying for HRH…
As the wife of the future King, Kate will rank second on the pecking order, as long as she is physically with William at royal gatherings. Therefore, Princess Anne, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and a dozen other ladies will rank below her and should curtsy to her.

However, if she is not with her prince, Kate will drop at least four places in the order, and Princesses Anne, Beatrice, Eugenie and Alexandra will outrank her. Kate will always, of course, curtsy to Queen Elizabeth.

• Kanye West is on the guest list, as well as, David and Victoria Beckham, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, the sultan of Brunei, the emperor of Japan, and kings of Malaysia, Tonga, and Thailand.

• When William and Kate walk down the aisle on April 29th. Kate will be 29, making her the oldest royal bride EVER. (Most royal brides in history have typically been teenagers. Even William's mother, Princess Di, was barely 20 years old when she married his father, Prince Charles.)

• Kate wants to be called by her given name, Catherine, and not by her nickname, Kate.
Special thanks to G at The Holmes Home for many of these tidbits.

If only I could be a fly on the wall for the festivities...

What aspect of the wedding are you most excited to see?


Stefanie @Three-seventeen said...

She looked gorgeous! I can't wait to read about all the details. My favorites so far are that they wrote their own prayer and that they wrote about their flowers in their wedding program. Such a beautiful event!

Tami said...

What fun info! I thought Kate looked absoulutely gorgeous and they both seemed so in love.

Mateya said...

Kanye West was there?! Haha that seems a little odd! She looked gorgeous!

How awesome would it be to be her lady in waiting?! Sign me up!

CopyCat said...

wow awesome facts :D I will repost a link to your post in my latest post :D

Candice Pair said...

love all the facts! and lets talk about how beautiful she looks in navy blue! i cant wait to watch everything tonight! how exciting!

Jami said...

Loved reading this fun facts!!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I'm still trying to figure out if her spelling of her name is Katherine or Catherine because people call her Kate with a K. I thought the wedding was really nice!

Beth Wilson said...

Such a beautiful wedding!! William and Kate were stunning and so poised. So glad I woke up early to watch! Looking forward to reading your recap. :)

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I am totally sleep deprived ut it was worth watchgin - Kate was stunning!

Missy said...

Love the fun facts! Kate looked stunning, just as I knew she would!!

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

I was going to say ... how do you know all this!!

Jamie said...

I loved reading all the facts! It was such a beautiful wedding :)

Meghan said...

Thanks for all of the tidbits! I find the royal family so fascinating. The wedding was just spectacular and Kate was gorgeous!

Mr. and Mrs. Smith said...

I'm watching it RIGHT NOW and oh my goodness she is gorgeous!!

The curtsying thing is interesting! Thanks for the details :)