Sorry for the tardiness, thought we had someone lined up for this week's feature, but apparently not. I googled 5 Things to Know about the Royal Wedding, and this article came up. It's pretty lazy, but then again, it's Van Damme Friday, I worked a long week, just got done cutting the yard and I'm trying to relax.
1. The night before. According to the Guardian United Kingdom website, Kate Middleton will spend her last night "as a commoner" with her mother, Carole, and her sister, Pippa, at the luxurious Goring Hotel, known as one of London's finest. The hotel was started in 1910, and there's a fascinating timeline of the Goring's history. It is conveniently adjacent to Buckingham Palace, and it is still owned by the Goring family today.
2. The ceremony. Prince William and Kate Middleton will be wed by the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, in the Westminster Abbey, the official church of the royal family. The church fits 2,000 people, however, the guest list of 1,800 is divided into three tiers: those invited to the ceremony, the reception and the after party. According to AOL News, the monarchies of Romania, Spain, Holland, Belgium and other countries are expected to be in attendance, as well as Princess Diana’s family.
3. The dress. Although Kate Middleton's dress is under immense secrecy, the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom reported, according to "one impeccably-placed source," Middleton actually designed the gown herself and has tapped, as speculated, Sophie Cranston of the Libelula label as the dressmaker. The gown is reported to feature ivory lace, a 10-foot train, pearl buttons and a nod to Princess Diana's wedding dress. BBC.com/RoyalWedding offers more apparel details, as well as the scoop on why Carole Middleton was upset with her chosen dress designer, Lindka Cierach.
4. The reception. After the ceremony, a horse-drawn carriage will take the royal couple to Buckingham Palace via a scenic route of historical landmarks. Then, the Queen will host a luncheon for about 650 guests in honor of the newlyweds. In the evening, Prince Charles will host dinner and dancing to a smaller group of about 300, reportedly just close friends and family.
5. The cake. Kate Middleton has chosen a traditional brandy-flavored fruitcake with candied nuts and dried fruit. Fiona Cairns, the chosen cake designer, prepared the cake four weeks prior to the wedding so it can age. It is multi-tiered with floral patterns, with the flower of each country of the United Kingdom included. Prince William, on the other hand, untraditionally requested a groom's cake: a chocolate cookie cake based on a secret royal family recipe.