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Prince William, Kate, wedding date set

Prince William, Kate, wedding date set
Prince William, Kate, wedding date set
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Prince William, Kate, wedding date set

LONDON, England -- It's official. Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting married on Friday 29 April 2011. The venue is Westminster Abbey, says Clarence House.

Prince William and Kate who are both aged 28 became engaged during their holiday to Kenya in October this year.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the wedding would be "a happy and momentous occasion" and as such there would be a public holiday. Scotland has different laws so it is not yet official whether there will be the same holiday in that country, but it's expected that there will be when the cabinet meets on Tuesday afternoon and they agree.

Regarding expenses, Clarence House has announced that the Royal Family and the Middletons will pay for the actual wedding, but the British taxpayer will pay for the extra security and transport needed, says the BBC

This announcement comes at a time when the country is very conscious of budget issues and an elaborate wedding that the British people had to pay for would not be well-received.

Westminster Abbey saw the weddings of the Queen and the Queen Mother and it was the venue for Princess Diana's funeral in 1997.

How about alternatives to Westminster Abbey? The English tourist board VisitEngland has as few other suggestions, click on this link

Prince William's private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkington, told the BBC that Prince William and Kate chose Westminster Abbey because of its "staggering beauty", 1,000-year royal history and its intimate feeling despite its large size.

Lowther-Pinkington stated that Prince William and Kate were "calling the shots" regarding all the wedding plans, but they were assisted by a "rather large supporting cast."

"We know that the world will be watching on April 29, and the couple are very, very keen indeed that the spectacle should be a classic example of what Britain does best," stated Mr Lowther-Pinkington.

"Prince William and Catherine have made it very clear that they wish everybody to be able to enjoy the day with them.

"Consequently, the day will be a proper celebration for the nation and the realms.

"Having said that, the couple are very mindful of the current situation, and for example, Prince William has already expressed a clear wish that any involvement by the armed forces should rely in great part on those servicemen and women already committed to public and ceremonial duties."

See slideshow here for beautiful engagement pictures

'National celebration'

The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said he was pleased with the couple's choice of venue.

"We are very pleased they have chosen Westminster Abbey for their marriage and look forward to the detailed planning for what will be a great and happy occasion for the couple themselves, for their families and friends, for the country and Commonwealth and for well-wishers across the globe," he stated.

Dean of Westminster: "Abbey is a very special place"

Daniella Relph of the BBC reports that Prince William and Kate have said they want to be wed on a Friday in spring and 29 April was the date picked as it came after Easter and Lent but before a heavily-packed political program in May and June next year.

The extra holiday will occur in the same week as Easter Monday, so millions of workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be given a three-day week. This will be welcomed by everyone in the UK

Stated Mr. Cameron: "We want to mark the day as one of national celebration, a public holiday will ensure the most people possible will have a chance to celebrate on the day."

See more engagement photos in the slide show in the left hand column

'A party'

Prince William proposed to Kate with his mother Diana's diamond and sapphire engagement ring.

Asked why he had done so, he said: "It is very special to me and Kate is very special to me now as well. It is only right the two are put together."

Mr Lowther-Pinkerton described Prince William and Kate as "completely over the moon" about their engagement.

"I've never seen two happier people," he added.

It's possible there may be a concert in Hyde Park to mark the occasion.

Meanwhile, the Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Rev Pete Broadbent, has been asked to step aside from public ministry "until further notice" after he published a note on the Social Media site, Facebook, that the couple's marriage would not last more than seven years.

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Source: BBC


  • Profile picture of Jodie Jacobs
    Jodie Jacobs 4 years ago

    It ought to be a wonderful event to watch

  • Profile picture of Sheila OConnor
    Sheila OConnor 4 years ago

    Thanks Jodie, if it was anything like the royal wedding of Charles and Di it will be amazing!