04/18/2011

William and Kate face dark wedding

Westminster-abbey A A staff member tries out the 3D Westminster Abbey interactive guide in the well lit part of the building. (Photo Illustration by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Staff at Westminster Abbey are hoping the venue chosen for the royal wedding won't suffer lights-out on the big day.

Power outages have hit the abbey twice in the past month, but what really has the clergy trembling is that both outages have been on a Friday, the day of the week the wedding falls on.

"This is slightly alarming, if the electricity goes at some point on the morning of April 29th then we shall certainly be upset about that," the Dean of Westminster Abbey John Hall told Reuters.

"In fact, our clerk of works has been very closely in touch with our electricity suppliers and changed various fuses, so we hope all that is going to be fine," he added.

With two billion eyes expected to be on Kate as she hauls her gown down the aisle, the world's candle makers must have their fingers crossed that an unscheduled dimming will lead to a flickering-wick glow that brides-to-be can't resist.

That or the presence of a church packed with dignitaries and their cell phones will see the couple wedded under a regal, blue glow.

Despite the potential electrical hitch, media attention and the presence of Elton John, the dean insists that William and Kate will have a wedding experience similar to any couple tying the knot at their parish church.

"It is always a privilege marrying a couple," Hall told Reuters. "(This) is the same thing, but on a bigger scale."

At least when they are plunged into darkness, guests will be able to pull out their iPads and use a new app to appreciate the abbey's more salient, once-illuminated pieces. On sale for 2.99 pounds ($5), the 3D,interactive app overlays descriptions with photos of the gothic building's features. While pulling out the audio guide during the ceremony is bad form, at least with the app you can pretend you were looking at the royal's official wedding page if they catch you out.

The guest list revealled...sort of

Speculation has been rife over who will actually be attending the wedding. While most of the 1,900 names are under wraps, here are the dignitaries, celebs and family members that have confirmed they will be taking their places in the pews: 

FOREIGN ROYALS

— Belgium's Crown Prince Philippe and his wife Princess Mathilde

— Denmark's Queen Margrethe

— Norway's King Harald and Queen Sonja

— Serbia's Crown Prince Alexander and his wife, Crown Princess Katherine

— Spain's Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia

— Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and her husband, Prince Daniel

— The Netherlands' Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima

— Prince Philipp zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg and his wife, Princess Saskia.

CELEBRITIES

— David and Victoria Beckham

— Elton John and his partner, David Furnish

POLITICIANS and DIPLOMATS

— British Prime Minister David Cameron

— British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

— British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

— British Virgin Islands Prime Minister Ralph T. O'Neal

— American Ambassador Louis Susman

— Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Gov. Gen. Arthur Foulkes

— German Ambassador Georg Boomgaarden

— Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor

— Jamaican Gov. Gen. Patrick Allen

— Polish Ambassador Barbara Tuge-Ereciska


RELIGIOUS FIGURES

— Britain's Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

— Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala, director of the London Buddhist Vihara monastery

FRIENDS & FAMILY

— The Spencer family will be well represented with Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, and her two sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Sarah McCorquodale, attending with their families. 

— All 27 members of Prince William's search-and-rescue unit, C Flight 22, have been invited along with their partners


 

 

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