This is the wedding invitation for the April 29 nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The wedding, frankly, is only really of interest to most people here because it allows most of the British population to have nearly a week off work (at the least, a long weekend). The invitation has been sent to 1,900 people who aren’t me. And who’ll show up in less fancy hats than I would have. Those 1,900 would also appear to not include Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, who got snubbed because she was caught soliciting bribes for access to the royal family.
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Shown above is one of the two official engagement photos of Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton. The images, released this weekend, show the couple as captured in a two-hour shoot. Because royals love supporting over-worked photographers, and scheduling them in their breaks from working on Vogue covers, the couple were shot by Mario Testino. The 28-year-olds are shown in outfits that coordinate with each other, and Middleton’s ring. The shoot took place in the Council Chamber of the State Apartment at St James’s Palace in London on November 25. Testino, 56, was a favorite photographer of William’s late mother, Princess Diana; he shot the princess for Vanity Fair in 1997 and images that were shown in Kensington Palace from 1981 until her death 16 years later. Testino’s royal assignments include photos of Prince William for his 21st birthday, and Prince Harry for his 20th. ‘William is a very photogenic person; self-confident, relaxed, impressive, and so much like his mother,’ the Peruvian photographer said recently. ‘I think it comes from a sense of security.’ William and Kate Middleton will marry at Westminster Abbey, London on April 29, 2011.
The royal wedding date and venue for the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William have been announced. The chosen wedding date and place where Prince William will marry is Friday, April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey. The Friday was probably chosen to be a public holiday in the UK, something speculated upon by the media. The couple announced their engagement last Tuesday, after dating on and off for eight years. The follow-up announcement was made on @BRITISHMONARCHY Twitter account. Yes, really. A message was sent out saying ‘The venue for Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton’s wedding has been announced. Find out where it is…’ with a picture of the venue from the @ClarenceHouse TwitPic account. A follow-up message said, ‘Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton will be married on Friday 29th April 2011.’ The venue is where Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother were wed; it was also the site of Princess Diana’s 1997 funeral. Jamie Lowther-Pinkington, the prince’s private secretary, told the BBC that the pair wanted a Spring wedding, and felt that the abbey, despite its huge size, offered intimacy, ‘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.’ As an interesting addendum to the above, regarding who’s footing the bill, Prime Minister Cameron explained, ‘The costs of the wedding itself will be met by the Royal Household, with government meeting any security or transport costs.’
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Prince William is engaged. It was announced today that Prince William and his girlfriend, Kate Middleton, are engaged. Prince William proposed to Middleton during a holiday in Kenya last month after asking her father for his daughter’s hand. They will marry Spring or Summer 2011, in London. The couple, both 28, have been dating on-and-off for more than eight years, since meeting as students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland; with Middleton being cattily nicknamed ‘Waity Katy’, by the British tabloids, for hanging around with no ring on her finger. They will appear in public for photographs later today, when the Princess-in-waiting is expected to show off her engagement ring, and the first ever interview with the newly-engaged pair will be broadcast tonight.
Prince Charles’ Clarence House office said the heir to the British throne is ‘delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton.’ William, who is second in line to the throne, once told an interviewer he wouldn’t marry until he was ‘at least 28 or maybe 30.’ He turned 28 in June and recently completed training as a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot. Middleton, of whom the royal family approves, is the daughter of self-made millionaires with whom she works; her father worked for an airline and her mother was a flight attendant before they started a mail-order business specialising in children’s parties, run from their farm in southern England.The venue was not announced. After the wedding, the couple will ‘live in north Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force.’ This will be the biggest royal event since the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana in 1981.