Royal Wedding: More Details!
It's been a few days since we've heard any new (real) developments about the April nuptials between Kate Middleton and Prince William. But now -- there's an exclusive update with lots of insider info, thanks to the Huffington Post. Here's what's new:
The Dress: While there's been plenty of speculation about the lucky designer who will dress Kate Middleton for this historic event, insiders are now saying that she's looking to a a "young, little-known, British designer." The Huffington Post suggests "looking at those who have made dresses for Catherine, her sister Pippa, and her mother Carole" for more clues.
The Dress Code: The ceremony is now expected to start around 11:00 a.m. Since it's a morning ceremony, men will be in business suits, and "smart day dress" for the ladies (which will consist of a suit or a dress with a hat -- not a tiara). "Watch for some guests to wear their military uniforms and even their national dress," reports the Huffington Post.
Wedding Attendants: In England, they don't use the term "Maid of Honor," but there's been no question all along that Kate's sister, Pippa, will be her head bridesmaid. Meanwhile, royal princes can have two supporters on their wedding day (Prince Charles had both of his brothers, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward at his side); but it's likely that William will stick to just Prince Harry, his brother. If he does choose a second person, it will likely be his cousin, Peter Philips, rather than his close school friend, Thomas van Straubenzee. There's also a good chance that William's godson, Prince Constantine Alexios (who is the son of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and his American wife, Marie-Chantal Miller) could be one of the pageboys.
The Reception: After the ceremony, there will be a series of "breakfasts" (even though it will be afternoon) one of which is expected to be hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Heads of state and other foreign dignitaries will be hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street and the Mayor of London is also expected to host a breakfast for other government officials. The wedding reception will be held at the Ritz, sources say, and organized by Lady Elizabeth Anson, the Queen's cousin. Lady Anson's company, Party Planners, plans all major wedding reception and royal events, so there's no question that she'll do this one as well.
Other Details: We already know that Kate is receiving counseling on how to be a princess, but she's also receiving counseling to avoid bouts of depression like Diana supposedly had, and she and William are attending pre-marital counseling together. Now to add to that list, Kate is reportedly also taking private Welsh lessons since she will one day be the Princess of Wales.
The custom in the Anglican church is that William will stand at the altar and not see his bride approach until she is standing at his side. They're expected to keep this tradition, although Prince Andrew famously couldn't wait and turned around to sneak a peek at his bride, Sarah Ferguson, and many wonder if William will do the same thing.
After the wedding ceremony, the couple is also expected to follow other traditions: Catherine will drop to a deep curtsy before the Queen before leaving with William in a horse-drawn, State Landau carriage. (Kate is allergic to horses, but apparently her allergy is manageable).