Sunday, May 01, 2011

Royal Wedding Wrap Up

Wedding may signal successful transition of the British Monarchy into 21st Century!


Catherine Middleton walks up the aisle of Westminster Abbey to the tune of Hubert Parry's "I was Glad" [video of the procession].

I'm sure readers will forgive me for posting a photo wrap up of the Royal Wedding. After all, the wedding may mark the successful turning point for the Monarchy after decades of bad news. Readers may recall that the last royal wedding held in Westminster Abbey was in 1986 between Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. That marriage turned into a mess. The union between Kate and Prince William may be the answer to that failed marriage and all the others that went sour in the 1990's and led to the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Primary sources for the following are:
And if you would like a copy of the official program from Westminster Abbey, it is available in PDF style format here.

Official Wedding Photograph


The Royal Wedding at Buckingham Palace on 29th April 2011: The Bride and Groom, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the centre with attendants, (clockwise from bottom right) The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Miss Eliza Lopes, Miss Grace van Cutsem, Lady Louise Windsor, Master Tom Pettifer, Master William Lowther-Pinkerton,

Taken in the Throne Room.
Picture Credit: Photograph by Hugo Burnand

Full size photo here.
Other official Buckingham Palace photos, including those with the Queen are found here.

Full story on the photographs, including a comparison to those of Charles and Diana as well as information about the photographer are found here.

More information on Catherine's dress and how the secret was kept are here.

Favorite Photos of the Day continues below....



Catherine Middleton walks up the aisle through the avenue of trees brought into the Abbey for the occasion. The trees, simple yet elegant like the bride herself.


For larger images of the three above and more, visit this page at the Daily Mail.

The Balcony Scene

Balcony of Buckingham Palace.  Full size image here.

The Kiss: Lip Smacking and Lip Reading


Note the less than thrilled expression of Bridesmaid Grace van Cutsem, 3 years old. After watching replays of the television coverage Prince William mimicked the three year old as the newlyweds left Clarence House on their way to Buckingham Palace for the big party.

And in case you were wondering what the newlyweds and members of the wedding party were saying to each other on the balcony or in church, The Daily Mail hired a lip reader to bring snippets of the conversation to you.

The Reception


More photos and detail of the cake here.

At the champagne toast for the 650 guests at the reception Prince Charles spoke emotionally about his new daughter in law: ‘We are lucky to have her.’

Dinner and Disco

Later that evening a dinner for three hundred guests was held in Buckingham Palace.
The throne room which earlier was the scene for the official photographs was transformed with a disco ball and sound system. The wild party included high powered cocktails called Crack Baby cocktails - a heady concoction of vodka, passion fruit, Chambord raspberry liqueur and champagne. Prince Harry delivered his best man speech in a fez. Harry's Speech was toned down by his girlfriend Chelsy Davy who suggested removing any reference to Kate's great legs. After giving the speech Harry stage dived into the crowd for a night of partying.

At 3 AM, following a fireworks display on the lawn of Buckingham Palace Prince Harry and the party moved to the Goring Hotel where it continued till dawn. The newlyweds stayed behind and are reported to have stayed overnight in one of the opulent guest suites at the Palace.


The next morning Catherine and Wills, now Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walked across the lawn of Buckingham Palace to board the Queen's helicopter for a mini-honeymoon somewhere in the United Kingdom. Then back to work for the Duke as a helicopter pilot doing search and rescue work.


From the Daily Mail: The Duchess of Cambridge has followed the poignant royal tradition of having her wedding bouquet left at the grave of the unknown warrior.

The resting place at Westminster Abbey holds the remains of a First World War soldier who has come to symbolise the nation's war dead.The late Queen Mother began the long-standing tradition when her posy was left at the grave in 1923 after her wedding to the Duke of York, later George VI.


Good luck Catherine and Wills. Let's hope this fairy tale wedding has a happy ending!

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