Finally, Prince William and Kate Middleton have announced the date and venue for their wedding next year. The royal wedding will take place on Friday, April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey and it is strongly believed that it could be the most expensive wedding ever. The couple chose the said date because they wanted a spring wedding. It also is the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena. The centuries-old abbey in central London, which has the capacity to hold 2,200 people, was chosen for the fact that Queen Elizabeth II married at the abbey. It’s also the place where members of the House of Windsor have been crowned, married and buried. The abbey was also the site of the funeral for William's mother, Princess Diana.
The prince's private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, said…
We know that the world will be watching on April 29, and the couple is very, very keen indeed that the spectacle should be a classic example of what Britain does best. Prince William and Catherine have made it very clear that they wish everybody to be able to enjoy the day with them. Consequently, the day will be a proper celebration for the nation and the realms.
Patrick Jephson, longtime private secretary to the late Princess Diana, said…
This is a future king and a future queen, this is the most famous young royal in the world, and it will indubitably be compared to his mother's wedding. So for all these reasons, the palace won't want to be seen as downgrading it.
The cost of the wedding, including the church service, music, seasonal flowers, decorations, reception and honeymoon, will be shared by the Queen, Charles and Miss Middleton's parents, Michael and Carole. The taxpayer will meet the cost of extra security and transport. Some royal insider told PopEater…
When all is said and done, this wedding will likely cost the British taxpayers over $20 million dollars. It will be the biggest wedding of all time, even bigger than William's mum, Diana's -- and the price will be bigger, too.
You really can't compare this wedding to any other celebrity's. The only other couple in the world that might even come close is if Brad and Angelina got married, but even then this will be bigger.
Please note that Princess Diana’s wedding with Prince Charles in 1981 cost approximately £30 million ($45 million), and we are expecting the Prince William and Kate Middleton wedding to cost much more.
Moreover, businesses have said that the Prince William’s wedding will cost the economy £5 billion because Britain will have consecutive four-day weekends in April owing to the grand event.
Who else married on April 29?
1. April 29, 1945: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun
2. April 29, 1983: Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon
3. April 29, 1988: Diane Sawyer and Mike Nicols
4. April 29, 1988: Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson (Unfortunately divorced after 5 years)
5. April 29, 1992: Paula Abdul and Emilio Estevez (Divorced after 2 years)
6. April 29, 1989: Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley
The announcement of Prince William’s wedding with Kate Middleton was made at St James's Palace.
Video: An interview from the day the engagement was announced
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