More details have been released about the Royal Wedding from St. James Palace, the official residence of the Prince of Wales.
The service will take place at Westminster Abbey in London on Friday 29th April 2011 with the Dean of Westminster conducting the service, the Archbishop of Canterbury conducting the marriage ceremony and the Bishop of London giving an address.
The Middleton family are contributing to the cost of the wedding, allegedly about £100,000 according to some newspaper sources, with the Royal Family picking up the rest of the cost for the wedding itself. The British taxpayer will cover all the other costs (e.g. security).
As with everything todo with the Royal Family, everything is precisely timed and they have released a timing schedule already.
8.00 -10.00am Main congregation arrive
After 10.00am Foreign Dignitaries and Royal Families arrive. The British
Royal Family are – as protocol always dictates – the last to
arrive, just ahead of the Bride.
11.00am Bride arrives, and the service starts
12.15pm Service ends and Carriage Processions begin
1.25pm Balcony appearance
1.30pm Fly Past
Philippa Middleton, Kate Middleton’s sister, will be her Maid of Honour and Prince Harry will be Prince William’s Best Man.
The Bridesmaids and Pages will perform the traditional role of Bridesmaids and Pages on the day. They will be with the Bride on the morning of the wedding, accompany her down the aisle and return with the newly married couple up the aisle. The Bridesmaids and Pages will also have places in the Carriage Procession from the Abbey to Buckingham Palace. All the Bridesmaids and Pages were chosen jointly by the couple.
Around 1,900 people have been invited to the service at Westminster Abbey. Around 650 people have been invited to the lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace given by The Queen. Around 300 people have been invited to the dinner at Buckingham Palace given by The Prince of Wales.
The invitations were posted in February. The EIIR on the invitation is die-stamped in gold and then burnished. Decisions on invitations were made by the couple jointly. They worked with
Members of their own Household, and The Queen’s and The Prince of Wales’s Households to draw up the final list.
The route between Buckingham Palace and the Abbey goes by The Mall, Horse Guards Road, Horse Guards Parade, through Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Square (the south side) and Broad Sanctuary.
More details will get released as the date gets nearer but it is now only just over a week away and current estimates of the number of people who will watch the Royal Wedding around the world is 2 billion.