The Royal Wedding Highlights of Prince William and Catherine “Kate” Middleton: At Last!
By: Sami-k Harmon
After months and months of waiting, the most popular royal couple of late has finally tied the knot! On Friday, April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey, London, Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrated their fairy-tale love by being wed, after dating for some time. The ceremony was decorated beautifully with bunches of Azaleas, the Chinese symbol of femininity, lilacs, which represent first love, rhododendron and wisteria, which looked gorgeous inside the breathtaking cathedral. Kate’s bouquet included Lily-of-the-Valley, which represents return of happiness; Sweet William, which represents gallantry; Hyacinth, which represents constancy of love; Ivy, which represents fidelity, marriage, wedded love, friendship, and affection; and the bouquet also included Myrtle, which is the emblem of marriage and love.
Kate Middleton looked stunning in her ivory and white lace wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen (pictures can be found in the links below). Kate chose the Alexander McQueen design for the “beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing,” says the people at the official royal wedding website. Along with the dress, Kate’s face was shrouded in a delicate, thin ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, and the veil was held into place by a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by the Queen herself. The earrings that the royal bride wore were designed to represent the Middleton family’s new coat of arms, which consists of oak leaves and acorns.
After the ceremony, the royal married couple rode by horse-drawn carriage to Buckingham Palace, where the reception was held. Thousands of adoring people gathered down the road and around the church and palace to take pictures and shout their congratulations to the royal couple, while the two waved and smiled. Kate Middleton had an astonished, beaming expression on her face the entire time. You could really tell how happy she and the Prince were that day.
It seems that the two royals were not only pronounced as husband and wife that day, but also Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. After the reception, the duke and duchess left Buckingham Palace for Clarence House, with the Duke driving an Aston Martin D86. The royals then left for an air base in Anglesey, Wales via helicopter, for Prince William is serving as a Search and Rescue pilot. And that was the last anyone saw of the two that day. Good thing, too. How exhausting would it be to have cameras on you all day long on the day of your wedding? I’m sure the two were relieved to have some privacy after all the excitement.
Info gathered from: http://www.officialroyalwedding2011.org/blog/2011/April/29/The-Duke-and-Duchess-of-Cambridge-leave-Buckingham-Palace-for-Clarence-House