Prince William and fiancÃ© Kate Middleton have set a date. The royal wedding will be Friday, April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey, the 1000-year-old church site of Princess Dianaâ€™s funeral. The place and date were announced on the royal Twitter account.
This is the church best known for coronations. It seats more than 2000 people, but the couple chose it because, according to Prince Williamâ€™s rep, Jamie Lowther-Pinkertonâ€”heâ€™s called a private secretaryâ€”the abbey has â€œa sense of intimacy.â€ Most people would not think of the place in quite that way. You walk in, and the sense of historyâ€”not intimacyâ€”weighs like a giant stone. Elizabeth II was crowned there. Seventeen monarchs are buried there. But, says Lowther-Pinkerton, â€œEven the altar seems like a parish church.â€
The wedding date, reports the Huffington Post, will be a national holiday. And everyone involved will need a holiday, by then. Imagine planning a royal wedding in five months. Imagine planning any lavish wedding in five months. Fortunately, the royals all have â€œpeopleâ€ to do the work, but Kate intends to be involved in the decisions.
And as for the money, for a wedding which will cost tens of millions, the palace states that the familiesâ€”not taxpayersâ€”will shoulder the costs. This must be keeping the father of the bride awake at night.
Westminster Abbey has been the site of several family weddings, includingÂ Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, the royal grandparents, and several aunts and uncles. All the more recent ones have ended in divorce, as did Prince Williamâ€™s parentsâ€™ marriage. But William and Kate seem to be genuinely in love. And that can make all the difference.
Â© Cindy Kroiss 2010