04/07/2011

Rise and shine ... here are the wedding day details

Got your alarm clocks set? You have to get up mighty early on April 29 to spot a royal.

Buckingham Palace has released the broad-brush details of the royal wedding day, Friday April 29. We'll put this in Toronto time (add five hours for actual time in London), so you can set your alarm clocks:

3:30 a.m.: The first of 1,900 guests begin arriving at Westminster Abbey.

5 a.m.: The VIP's start taking their seats.

5:40 a.m.: The royal family arrives at the Abbey, with the Queen and Prince Philip seated last. It's reported that the Middleton family will be arriving just before the royals.

6 a.m.: Kate arrives with her five bridesmaids and her father Michael. At that time, the details of her wedding dress designer, complete with sketches, is released to the media.

7:15 a.m.: With the marriage ceremony, including a sermon and the blessing of rings, concluded, the procession to Buckingham Palace begins, with four royal coaches following the couple in their horse-drawn landau (open, if it's not raining). At the Palace, it's all about taking pictures.

8:25 a.m.: You can expect the couple will be appearing on the balcony for a 10-minute appearance (kiss included) before an expected crowd of about 450,000. While basking in the glow, there will be a fly-past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (there will be a vintage Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane followed by two Typhoons and two Tornado GR4s). 

Public festivities done, the Queen will then host a luncheon for 650, scattered around 19 state rooms in Buckingham Palace and attended to by 60 of the royal staff. Around 10 a.m., it's reported the couple are expected to will retreat to St. James's Palace for some R&R before the evening festivities.

2 p.m.: Prince Charles host a dinner pary at the Palace for about 350 friends and family.

At the start of the day in London, the Queen will announce how the new royal couple will be addressed. Some sources say they will take on the titles of Duke and Duchess of Clarence or Cambridge. Or he will stay Prince William of Wales, which means that by royal tradition Kate would become Princess William of Wales (since she is not a royal by birth). Or the Queen could throw out the textbook and grant her the title Princess Catherine of Wales. Decisions, decisions.

 

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