The Royal Wedding – April 29, 2011 – One Anniversary here !!!


The Royal Wedding

April 29, 2011

Some staff rejoicing in the news that there will be an extra public bank holiday next year to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton may be disappointed. For many workers, their contracts of employment will simply not entitle them to a paid day off despite what David Cameron said, according to an HR consultancy.

April 29 falls on a Friday and the Government has designated it as a bank holiday. David Cameron welcomed the announcement of the wedding date, which he said would be a “happy and momentous occasion“.

The Prime Minister added: “We want to mark the day as one of national celebration – a public holiday will ensure the most people possible will have a chance to celebrate on the day.”

The timing of the wedding will mean there will be two four-day public holidays, two weekends in succession. The Monday after the wedding, May 2, is already a designated bank holiday; and the previous weekend is Easter, which also has two bank holidays on the Friday and Monday.

The couple, who revealed their engagement to the world last week, were described as “over the moon”about their forthcoming wedding.

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the prince’s private secretary, said: “They’re on cloud nine like any other newly engaged couple and they’re now getting stuck into organising their wedding.

“They are completely over the moon – I’ve never seen two happier people which is fabulous.”

Mr Lowther-Pinkerton said: “The couple have chosen to be married at Westminster Abbey on the Feast of St Catherine on Friday 29th April.

“The couple were moved to choose the venue because of its staggering beauty, its 1,000 years of royal history and its relative intimacy despite its size.


“They are very much in charge giving us firm direction about the arrangements.”


The Royal family and the Middletons will bear the cost of the wedding, the reception and the honeymoon, although any associated costs such as security, policing and cleaning streets will be picked up by the taxpayer.

“The details of who pays for what haven’t been worked through yet but the Middleton family are very, very keen to contribute,” said Mr Lowther-Pinkerton.

He added that the Prince and Miss Middleton want their wedding to be “a classic British occasion” and “a classic example of what Britain does best”.

He said the couple and the Royal family want the wedding to be an enjoyable event for the whole country while at the same time being “mindful” of the current economic situation.

An April wedding sees Prince William marrying in the same month as his father, the Prince of Wales, whose second marriage to the Duchess of Cornwall took place in Windsor on April 9, 2005. However, the venue will be different as the Prince of Wales chose St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, welcomed the decision to hold the ceremony at the Abbey.

He said: “We are very pleased they have chosen Westminster Abbey for their marriage and look forward to the detailed planning for what will be a great and happy occasion for the couple themselves, for their families and friends, for the country and Commonwealth and for well-wishers across the globe.”

As the date was finalised, it also emerged that Miss Middleton is to play a central role as a working member of the Royal family after her wedding.

It is understood she is already considering a request from the charity Starlight, which grants wishes to seriously and terminally ill children to work as their patron or ambassador.

At the weekend Royal aides contradicted widespread reports that Miss Middleton, 28, would not be a working princess and that she instead intended to start a family early in her marriage to Prince William.

“Catherine has made it clear that she wants to get stuck into work for the Royal family and that she wants to support her future husband,” said a senior royal aide.

Miss Middleton’s new role is certain to lead to comparisons with the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who supported many charities.

Party Pieces, the Middleton’s family business, already has links with Starlight and some friends of Miss Middleton expect her to accept a formal role with the charity next year.

In September last year, Miss Middleton and her family attended a charity auction at the Saatchi Gallery in London to raise money for Starlight.

Miss Middleton hosted a table at the £100-a-night black tie event and her parents donated a party for 20 youngsters as a prize for the auction.

In 2008, Miss Middleton was also involved with organising the Boodles Boxing Ball in London, which was attended by Prince William and Prince Harry, and raised more than £100,000 for Starlight.

The charity was founded by the actress Emma Samms, who starred in Dynasty, and its current ambassadors include the actresses Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller and the fashion designer Matthew Williamson.

Another charity that Miss Middleton may consider adopting is Place2Be, which provides counselling to schoolchildren in need.

In 2008, she helped to organise a roller-disco charity event in London for Place2Be, during which she was photographed wearing yellow hot pants lying on the floor after taking a tumble in her roller-skates.


ONE YEAR LATER …April 29, 2012

LONDON — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend their first wedding anniversary Sunday in private with friends.

St. James’s Palace confirmed that the couple traveled to an undisclosed location in the UK to an event that falls on the day they married one year ago.

On April 29 last year, tens of thousands flocked to London and two billion people tuned in to watch Prince William tie the knot with the then-Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey.

No sooner had the royal newlyweds returned from their secret honeymoon in the Seychelles then they were off on their first official overseas tour, to Canada and California.

“We saw Kate walk the red carpet … in LA and schmooze with the likes of Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez,” Hello! magazine editor Rosie Nixon recalled. “She was already comfortable in that role, and it is a world stage she has found herself on, not just covers of magazines in the UK.”

Catherine’s hairdresser, James Pryce — who styled the duchess’ hair for her wedding day and throughout her Canadian tour — said that she became a real style icon over the past year.

He said she had “fantastic” hair and was great to work with, adding that “she is a natural.”

Catherine’s first 12 months as a member of the British royal family saw a number of firsts, including her first Christmas at the Sandringham royal estate, in eastern England.

While Prince William was serving in the Falklands as a search and rescue pilot, the Duchess of Cambridge conducted her first engagements alongside the queen.

The prince’s time in the Falklands also provided Catherine with the opportunity to walk the solo royal beat and choose her first patronages, which reflected her interest in children and arts.

“We were all very impressed with the way Catherine was immediately able to establish a rapport with the children and families here in the hospice in Milton,” according to Graham Butland, chief executive of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices — the location for Catherine’s first solo speech.

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