Thursday, April 14, 2011
THE Royal Wedding......countdown!
Early in the morning I have been walking the circle around Buckingham Palace, through the immaculate flower gardens in St. James's Park, by the Horse Guards Parade, and along The Mall, scoping out the exact spot where I want to be for the Royal Wedding festivities and the official Royal Couple Kiss. My plan was to stand by/on this balustrade, with the perfect view over 10,000 heads of THE BALCONY.
Well, while I was gone, this corner has been overtaken by a huge structure of scaffolding including Media viewing rooms and Green Park is full of massive white hospitality tents....all closed off to the public.
Now I've got to come up with Plan "B"...... I'm pretty good with Plan "B"s so stay tuned!
IN case you are interested, (and who isn't???), here is a rundown of the wedding schedule and the route....
29 April, 2011
Prince William will marry Catherine Middleton in Westminster Abbey. This is a special public holiday in the UK. The ceremony will be shown live on television. The expected timetable is as follows:
* Catherine's bridesmaids and pages will leave Clarence House at about 10:30am.
* The Queen and Royal Family members will leave Buckingham Palace and make their way to the church.
* Prince William and his supporters (include his brother Prince Harry, who is his best man at the wedding) will leave St. James's Palace.
* Catherine and her father will leave Buckingham Palace and will travel to Westminster Abbey by car (in a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI limousine).
* The royal couple will exchange vows at Westminster Abbey. The Archbishop of Canterbury will marry the couple, the Dean of Westminster will conduct the service, and the Bishop of London will give the address.
* After the wedding service, Prince William and his new bride will take a horse-drawn carriage back from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace (they will be using the 1902 State Landau which carried Diana and Prince Charles following their marriage in 1981). The royal party will follow them. The expected route is Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade and The Mall. The streets will be full of flag-waving well-wishers.
* Queen Elizabeth II will host a reception for the couple once they have arrived at the palace. The couple's official wedding photos will be taken during this time.
* The couple is expected to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace where they will kiss for the crowd and cameras at around 1:30 p.m. The Royal Air Force will stage a fly-by.
* Following the reception, the newlyweds will enjoy some time to themselves before attending a private dinner and dance hosted by Prince Charles. The royal couple will spend their first night as man and wife at Buckingham Palace before starting their honeymoon.
For the latest news about the royal wedding, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11767495