Royal Wedding - what and when.

kate and william royal wedding

Only a few days to the royal wedding! Will you be celebrating the day - as it is a holiday or because it is a royal wedding??
Either way, unless you live on a remote island with no contact with the outside world, you will probably see what is happening with the the latest royal wedding for decades in some form...well, one we mostly agree with...ahem!
Reports of what will happens when, how, who is providing what and who has thrown their toys out of the pram for not being invited to the occasion in widely reported. So here is Beau Dame's run down so far for you -

- An estimated two billion people across the world will watch Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey.

- Flowers - provided by the royal estates, with "an avenue of trees" featured along aisles to altar. The avenue contains six English field maples to symbolise humility and reserve, and at least two Hornbeam trees to acknowledge resilience.

- The general congregation arrive at the Great North Door of Westminster Abbey at 8.45am until the fly-past by the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at 1.30pm. Full schedule here.

- Seating - The Queen and the Royal Family will sit in the North Lantern across the aisle from the Middleton family, who will be in the South Lantern.

- Evening before the day - Kate will be spending the night before at the Belgravia hotel. Kate's mother Carole and sister Pippa with her, who is also her maid of honour.

- Kates transport to the church -  in the same Rolls-Royce Phantom VI car  damaged during the student protests last year. After the ceremony the couple are likely to parade past crowds in an open-topped horse-drawn carriage but if it rains they will use the Royal Glass Coach.

- Guest list - only current prime ministers please..ahem! 1,900 guests from many areas (see foot of this page)

- Engagement ring - William has given the sapphire and diamond jewel ring famously worn by his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, rumoured that it is being made smaller to fit Kate.

- Coat of arms - a dedicated coat of arms has been designed. We will see in time.

- Music - music for the event has been composed in advance. The Abbey's choir and the Chapel Royal Choir will perform singing duties, with the London Chamber Orchestra and Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the RAF.

- Best man, bridesmaids, etc. - Prince Harry is to be best man, Kate's younger sister Pippa is maid of honour with friends and young relatives to be bridesmaids and page boys.
- Bridal procession - both will walk down the aisle, taking around three-and-a-half minutes, arriving at the Great West Door, Kate and her father will pause briefly at the Sir Winston Churchill memorial stone.

- Wedding gifts - both have asked to donate to charity instead of wedding gifts.

- Royal titles - still in speculation, but they could become the Duke and Duchess of Clarence, Cambridge or Sussex.

Royal wedding guests.

Members of the British Royal Family:
The Queen
The Duke of Edinburgh
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
Prince Henry of Wales
The Duke of York
Princess Beatrice of York
Princess Eugenie of York
The Earl and Countess of Wessex
The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Phillips
Miss Zara Phillips with Mr. Mike Tindall
Viscount Linley and Viscountess Linley
And The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones
The Lady Sarah Chatto and Mr. Daniel Chatto
And Master Samuel Chatto
And Master Arthur Chatto
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
The Earl and Countess of Ulster
The Lady Davina and Mr. Gary Lewis
Lady Rose and Mr. George Gilman
The Duke and Duchess of Kent
Earl and Countess of St. Andrews
Lord Downpatrick
The Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor
The Lady Amelia Windsor
The Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor
The Lady Helen Taylor and Mr. Timothy Taylor
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
The Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor
The Lady Gabriella Windsor
Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy
Mr. and Mrs. James Ogilvy
Miss Marina Ogilvy
The Lady Saltoun

Members of Foreign Royal Families:
The Prince and Princess of the Asturias
The Crown Prince of Bahrain
Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium
The Sultan of Brunei and Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha
King Simeon II and Queen Margarita of the Bulgarian
The Queen of Denmark
King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes
Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and Prince Constantine of Greece
Sheikh Ahmad Hmoud Al-Sabah of Kuwait
Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso and Princess Mabereng Seeiso of Lesotho
The Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene Wittstock
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco
The Crown Prince and Princess of The Netherlands
The King and Queen of Norway
Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said of Oman
The Emir of The State of Qatar and Sheika Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned
King Michael I of Romania and Crown Princess Margarita
Prince Mohamed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and Princess Fadwa bint Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman
The Queen of Spain
The King of Swaziland
The Crown Princess of Sweden and The Duke of Västergötland
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand
The King of Tonga
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia
The Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia

Dignitaries:
The Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda
The Governor-General of Australia and His Excellency Mr. Michael Bryce
The Governor-General of The Bahamas and Lady Foulkes
The Governor-General of Barbados
The Governor-General of Belize and Lady Young
The Governor-General of Canada and Mrs. David Jonhnston
The Most Hon. The Governor-General of Jamaica
The Governor-General of New Zealand and Lady Satyanand
The Governor-General of Papua New Guinea and Mrs Michael Ogio
The Governor-General of the Solomon Islands and Lady Kabui
The Governor-General of St Christopher and Nevis
The Governor-General of St Lucia
The Governor-General of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Lady Ballantyne
The Prime Minister of Australia and Mr. Tim Matheison
The Prime Minister of The Bahamas and Ms Delores Miller
The Prime Minister of Barbados
The Prime Minster of New Zealand and Mrs. John Key
The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea and Lade Somare
The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and Mrs. Rosalia Nestor King
The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and The Grenadines and Mrs. Ralph Gonsalves
The Premier of Bermuda and Mr. Germain Nkeuleu
The Premier of The British Virgin Islands and Mrs. Ralph O’Neal
The Premier of the Cayman Islands and Mrs. Kerry Bush
The Hon. Sharon and Mr. Rodney Halford (Falkland Islands)
The Chief Minister of Gibraltar and Mrs. Peter Caruana
The Chief Minister of Montserrat and the Reverend Doctor Joan Delsol Meade
The Hon. John and Mrs. Vilma Cranfield (St. Helena)

Members of Government, Parliament and Devolved Administrations:
The Prime Minister and Mrs. David Cameron
The Deputy Prime Minister and Ms. Miriam Gonzalez Duantez
First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Mrs. William Hague
The Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Hon. Mrs. Osborne
The Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor and Mrs. Kenneth Clarke
The Secretary of State for the Home Department and Minister for Women and Equalities, and Mr. Philip May
The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and Mrs. Jeremy Hunt
The Rt. Hon Ed Miliband, M.P and Ms. Justine Thornton
The Speaker of the House of Commons and Mrs. John Bercow
The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales and the Lady Elis-Thomas
The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and Mrs. Alex Fergusson
The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Mrs. William Hay
The Lord Speaker and Mr. Martin Hayman
First Minister of Wales and Mrs. Carwyn Jones
First Minister of Northern Ireland and Mrs. Peter Robinson
First Minister of Scotland and Mrs. Alex Salmond
The Mayor of London and Mrs. Boris Johnson
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor and The Lady Mayoress
Sir Gus and Lady O’Donnell
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of Westminster and Count Paolo Filo della Torre
Mr. and Mrs. Simon Fraser

Representatives from the Church and other Faiths:
The Most Reverend Gregorious, Archbishop of the Greek Archdiocese of Thysteira and Great Britain
The Archbishop of Canterbury and Mrs. Rowan Williams
Rabbi Anthony Bayfield
Mr. Anil Bhanot
The Archbishop of Armagh, Cardinal Archbishop Sean Brady
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, The Most Reverend David Chillingworth
The Right Reverend John Christie, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Mr. Malcolm Deboo President, Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe
The Rt. Reverend Doctor Norman Hamilton
The Archbishop of Armagh, The Most Reverend Alan Edwin Harper
Monsignor Philip Kerr, The Convener, Action of Churches Together in Scotland
Commissioner Elizabeth Matear, Salvation Army
The Archbishop of Wales, The Most Reverend Doctor Barry Morgan
The Reverend Gareth Morgan Jones, President of the Free Church Council of Wales
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-Connor
The Archbishop of Westminster, The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols
Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh
Rabbi Alan Plancey
Imam Mohammad Raza
The Chief Rabbi (Lord Sacks)
The Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala, Acting Head Monk, The London Buddhist Vihara
Maulana Syed Raza Shabbarm, Muhammadi Trust
Mr. Natubhai Shah, President, the Jain Academy
Dr Indarjit Singh, Director, Network Sikh Organisations (UK)
Canon Chirstopher Tuckwell
The Reverend Martin Turner
The Archbishop of York and Mrs. John Sentamu

Senior Members of the Defence Services:
Major General and Mrs. William Cubitt, Major General Commanding Household Division and GOC London District
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen and Lady Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff
General Sir Nicholas and Lady Houghton
Air Vice-Marshal the Hon. David and Mrs. Murray, Defence Services Secretary
General Sir David and Lady Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff
Admiral Sir Mark and Lady Stanhope, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff
General Sir Peter and Lady Wall, Chief of the General Staff
Amongst the guests at The Wedding Service are all Heads of Mission in London representing countries with which the United Kingdom are in normal diplomatic relations and Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants for the United Kingdom. The individuals will not be accompanied by their spouses or partners.

Other notable guests at The Wedding Service:
Mr. David Allan (South Transept Aisle)
Major Tom Archer-Burton (South Nave, Block L)
Mr. Rowan Atkinson (North Nave Block C)
Major William Bartle-Jones (North Nave Block B)
Mr. and Mrs. David Beckham (South Nave Block J)
Wing Commander Steven Bentley (North Nave Block G)
Miss Amanda Berry (South Transept Aisle)
Sergeant Keith Best (North Nave Block A)
Squadron Leader Paul Bolton (South Transept Aisle)
Mr. Tom Bradby (South Nave Block J)
Sir Trevor Brooking (South Nave Block L)
Mrs. Ann Chalmers (North Nave Block A)
Lance-Corporal Martyn Compton (South Nave Block I)
Rear Admiral Ian Corder (North Nave Block B)
Mr. Peter Cross (South Nave Block O)
The Hon. Edward Dawson-Damer (South Nave Block M)
Miss Holly Dyer (North Nave Block B)
Mr. Ben Fogle (North Transept Front)
Sir Elton John (North Nave Block A)
Dr. Andrew Gailey (Stalls North)
Mrs. Tessa Green (South Transept Aisle)
Mr. Edward Gould (North Transept Front)
Mr. Simon Johnson (South Nave Block M)
Sir John Major (North Nave Block E)
Mr. Charlie Mayhew (South Nave Block I)
Mrs. Alison Moore-Gwyn (South Nave Block K)
Mr. Seyi (pronounced Shay) Obakin (North Nave Block C)
Wing Commander Kevin Marsh (South Nave Block M)
Mr. and Mrs. Bryn Parry (South Nave Block I)
Mr. Barty Pleydell-Bouverie (South Nave Block O)
Mr. Guy Ritchie (North Nave Block D)
Mrs. Susie Roberts (South Nave Block O)
Mrs. Julia Samuel (North Transept)
Mr. Sam Stevenson (South Nave Block J)
Miss Joss Stone (North Nave Block B)
Brigadier Ed Smyth-Osbourne (South Nave Block L)
Mr. Mario Testino (South Nave Block J)
Mr. Gareth Thomas (North Nave Block G)
Mr. Ian Thorpe (South Nave Block J)
Miss Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (North Transept Aisle)
Mr. Sam Waley-Cohen (North Transept)
Mr Galen and the Hon. Hilary Weston (South Nave Block J)
Sir Clive and Lady Woodward (North Transept)

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