Royal Wedding Coverage: What We Know Now 2.0

Info source: eonline.com unless otherwise noted

As the much of the world awaits the wedding of William & Kate with bated breath, the news and entertainment sites and channels are doing as much as they can to catch many of us up to date on wedding details we know up to the moment. My prior post did not include the release of the 29 page wedding program (which was released today) along with other details that I think you will enjoy.

Here is the link to download and view your own copy of the Royal Wedding program: http://www.officialroyalwedding2011.org/blog/2011/April/28/Royal-Wedding-update–Official-programme–including-Order-of-Service–available-online-1

A pic of the wedding invitation. The invitation is 8 inches-by-6-inches, with gilded and beveled edges.
1,900 invites were sent out and recipients include celebrities like David and Victoria Beckham, Prince William’s colleagues in his military crew, and even Kate’s hometown mail carrier.

The invitation. source: Getty Images, Mario Testino/Clarence House Press Office

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Rumors about Kate’s dress designer have ramped up after a woman dressed very similar to Sarah Burton of McQueen was spotted entering the Goring Hotel where Kate and her family are staying. What do you think?

Someone dressed very similarly to designer Sarah Burton entering the hotel where Kate Middleton and family are staying.

“Burton, the Manchester-born designer, who has imbued the radical British brand with a robust femininity and breathtaking feeling of historical romance, is not often photographed. But when she is, the metal belt, buckled, and then individually slotted backwards, and the flat pumps, are present.” -http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG8481788/Royal-wedding-tantalising-clue-points-to-Sarah-Burton-as-Kate-Middletons-dress-designer.html

Kate has chosen to buck tradition and will arrive at Westminster Abbey in a car instead of by carriage. Here is an animated rendition of the procession route by Google:

“Kate has eschewed the strains of the wedding classic in favor of the far more magisterial “I Was Glad,” Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry’s choral number from Psalm 122. (It’s a traditional wedding tune in England, but was originally composed for the crowning of Will’s great-great-great grandfather Edward VII’s coronation in 1902.” Here it in the video below.

Florals for the wedding have all been cut from royal estates throughout England. Here is a video of volunteers from the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies talking about their role in the floral design and set up of the decor at Westminster Abbey and give us all a little glimpse in to what it will look like.

Love, honor and obey? No way! William and Kate will vow to “love, comfort, honor and keep” according to the official wedding program.

Curious about the reception? “A whopping 600 of the 1900 guests have been invited by the queen to a reception she is hosting immediately after the ceremony at the Abbey. In lieu of a traditional sitdown wedding breakfast, Will and Kate requested buffet-style service. For the bash, 21 chefs will craft 10,000 hot and cold canapés (works out to 16 per person) including smoked salmon on beetroot blinis and quail eggs sprinkled with celery salt.

Later, the list will be whittled down again, as 300 of those 600 will be heading back to Buckingham Palace for an evening reception to be hosted by Prince Charles. A further reception (and here’s where they’ll start to let their hair down), also for around 300 people, is expected later in the night at Buckingham Palace, where state rooms will reportedly be transformed in order to accommodate a more typical, dancefloor-heavy reception. The queen is not expected to attend those festivities, which will likely go on late into the night. No details have been publicly released on those activities, however, as they are considered private events.”

The cakes? “…traditional dried and candied fruit-laden cake, which will be covered with a thick layer of marzipan (mock all you want, it’s a British tradition), and a cake reminiscent of one Will used to eat during his childhood, made primarily of chocolate digestives, a British biscuit cookie favorite. The McVitie’s Cake Company will be making the groom’s cake for the reception, as well as a few hundred extra slices for the breakfast buffet. All told, they sweet concoction will use about 1,700 Rich Tea biscuits. As for the fruit cake, Kate had significant input as to its design, and it will feature a heavy British floral theme, with 16 different symbolic (frosting-based) blooms and foliage to mark the occasion. Its layers will include raisins, walnuts, cherries, lemon, grated orange and French brandy and will be made by cakemaker extraordinaire Fiona Cairns.” Here is an interview with Fiona Cairns with a peek in to what is being made for the cake.

An interview with McVitie’s who are making William’s cake’

Wonder what their wedding registry has on it? Nothing. “In lieu of presents (or prezzies, as the Brits delightfully call them), Kate and William have rather poignantly asked for donations to anti-bully charities, an admission, most believe, of Kate’s own history of being badly taunted and ostracized during her early school years. But look at her now, eh?” Care to make a donation? Here is the link: http://www.royalweddingcharityfund.org/

Will they have a castle all to themselves or move in to a wing of Buckingham Palace? Nope. “What happens after the wedding of the century? Anticlimax, thy name is North Wales! The couple will set up house in a remote, five-room, whitewashed farmhouse on the Isle of Anglesey without any servants or domestic staff of any kind.”

I will be updating throughout the night (except for a nap) and during the wedding as well. If anything new is reported, you can find it here.

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