3:19 PM on 17th November 2010
Prince William and Kate Middleton today started planned their royal wedding, with the date of the ceremony at the top of the list of items to fix.
July 8 was considered the most likely day for the nuptials and bookies have stopped taking bets on any date that month after Palace sources hinted it was a strong possibility.
But a friend of the couple has now suggested they are keen on tying the knot as early as March, which would avoid conflicting with various other high-profile events.
Tom Bradby, ITV’s political editor and a friend of William who conducted the pair’s joint interview yesterday, said: ‘I think they want to have it in March.
‘Their people have now got to go down to the Palace and sit around and go “right, now who do we invite? Do we invite the Obamas, do we invite the Sarkozys?”‘
Blissfully happy: Prince William and Kate Middleton yesterday after announcing their engagement
The couple, who have ended years of speculation about their relationship by revealing they became engaged last month, are expected to announce the date within days.
A St James’ Palace spokesman said : ‘Prince William and Miss Middleton have spent the morning in meetings with household staff about the wedding.
‘An announcement about the venue and date will be made in due course after other members of the Royal Family, Mr and Mrs Middleton and the Government have been consulted.’
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are likely to be involved with the discussions as well as William’s father, Prince Charles.
William and his bride-to-be, who are both 28, are likely to avoid July 29 which is the anniversary of Prince Charles’ wedding to Lady Diana Spencer.
They must also take care to avoid other events already scheduled, such as Prince Philip’s 90th birthday on June 10 and the Trooping of the Colour a day later.
Once the date is decided, the location will have to be fixed with Westminster Abbey considered favourite despite its sad connotations because of Diana’s funeral.
St Paul’s Cathedral, where Charles and Diana wed in 1981, and the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace are also contenders.
Impressive: Westminster Abbey is considered favourite for wedding venue
Tight squeeze: The chapel at St James’ Palace is another frontrunner
Of the other likely dates, April 9 is the sixth anniversary of Charles and Camilla’s wedding. In June, the 18th or 25th have been suggested, while William could combine the celebrations with his 29th birthday on June 21.
It is also understood Royal aides have also made ‘discreet overtures’ to senior staff at Westminster Abbey about the dates of August 12 or 13.
St James’ Palace has stressed that the couple would be very hands-on and involved in organising the details of the event.
William proposed to Kate with the same engagement ring worn by his later mother in Kenya last month during a holiday with friends.
After nine years of fevered speculation and one very public break-up, he took the plunge. The only other person in the know initially was Kate’s father Michael, whose permission was sought afterwards.
Owing to the couple’s intense desire for secrecy, even the Queen and Prince Charles were kept in the dark.
They were informed in a telephone call at 7.30am yesterday – just two and a half hours before the engagement was made public.
The Queen swiftly declared herself ‘delighted’ and Charles said he was ‘thrilled’, quipping: ‘They have been practising long enough.’
For his part, Prince Harry just swore in shock but later said he was delighted to be gaining a ‘sister’.
Last night in a revealing TV interview, Kate admitted how hurt she had been when the couple split in 2007. It is now clear that it was William who precipitated the split.
She told ITV: ‘I, at the time, wasn’t very happy about it but actually it made me a stronger person. You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realised.’
The couple rekindled their romance after a few months apart and, last month, William surprised Kate – or Catherine as she will now be known – with his late mother’s ring after smuggling it in his rucksack on an African safari.
The 28-year-old chose the priceless diamond-encrusted sapphire as a way of including Diana in the ‘excitement’ of his proposal.
It was, he said, a very special heirloom and Kate is ‘a very special person to me’.
‘It was my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today, and the excitement and the fact that we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together.’
Spotlight: Prince William and Kate Middleton being interviewed at Buckingham Palace last night
His gesture did, however, precipitate several moments of panic during the holiday when members of the public offered to carry his bag.
William said: ‘I had been carrying it around with me in my rucksack for about three weeks before that and I literally would not let it go, everywhere I went I was keeping hold of it because I knew if this thing disappeared, I would be in a lot of trouble.’
Kate, also 28, described the proposal as ‘extremely romantic’ and insisted it was a complete surprise.
The couple had been holidaying on the Lewa Downs wildlife conservancy, owned by the family of William’s former girlfriend Jecca Craig, with a group of friends.
They were staying in an open-air Masai lodge called Il Ngwesi, from where William hired a helicopter to take them to a remote lake on the slopes of Mount Kenya where he proposed 12,000ft above sea level.
Although the proposal took place early last month, the couple postponed any public announcement following the unexpected death of Kate’s grandfather, whose funeral took place on Friday.
The wedding, which will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral if not Westminster Abbey, will be the biggest royal event since William’s parents walked down the aisle 30 years earlier.
A royal aide said: ‘There has been much talk about it being a frugal occasion and while they will keep an eye on the cost, they are aware this will be a state occasion and want people to share in their happiness.’
Pomp: Prince William will need to avoid June 11 because it is the date of the Trooping of the Colour
Another source told the Mail that while the vast cost of the event will be shouldered by the Royal Family, the Middletons have not yet ruled out making some sort of contribution themselves – possibly by paying for the honeymoon which is likely to be in the Seychelles.
Prince Philip’s birthday is on June 10
Kate admitted yesterday that she was overwhelmed by the prospect of marrying into one of the most famous – and notoriously dysfunctional – families in the world. ‘It’s quite a daunting prospect but hopefully I’ll take it in my stride and William’s a great teacher so hopefully he’ll be able to help me along the way,’ she said.
Asked about the prince’s late mother, she described Diana as an ‘inspiration’ and said she would have loved to have met her.
If Kate was admitting to nerves, her parents were displaying none. Former air hostess Carole Middleton, who has since created a multi-million-pound fortune from her firm which sells children’s party goods, looked nervous but casual in tight-fitting jeans.
In a statement delivered outside their sprawling detached home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, her husband Michael said: ‘I would just like to say that Carole and I are absolutely delighted by today’s announcement and thrilled at the prospect of a wedding some time next year.’
It is understood that Kate favours the idea of being a stay-at-home RAF wife but will take on a small number of royal patronages.
William is based at RAF Valley on Anglesey, where he is working as a Sea King search-and-rescue pilot.
The couple plan to live on the island for the first years of their marriage, in a relatively modest £750-a-month rented farmhouse.
They admit that while they do not plan to have children immediately, the prospect is part of their immediate future.
Mr Bradby said today that the couple crave an ordinary life together in North Wales, where the prince works as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot, away from public scrutiny.
He added: ‘I think William is very focused on making sure that, yes, he’s a Royal, but what he really wants is a happy, quiet, domestic family life.
‘He’s pursued that with a certain degree of ruthlessness. What they’ve mastered quite well is the art of coming out and doing something like yesterday and then withdrawing.
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Prince Philip was born on June 10th, 1921 at 9:46 p.m. in Corfu, Greece according to http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Philip%2C_Prince_Consort
June 10th, 1921
6 + 10 +1+9+2+1 = 29 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Self-confidence. Competence. Expertise. Cooperation. Teamwork.
Here is Prince Philip’s numerology for the upcoming royal wedding
June 10th, 1921 9:46 p.m. Corfu, Greece
6 + 10 +2+0+1+0 = 19 = his personal year (from June 10th, 2010 to June 10th, 2011) = Beaming. Radiant. Proud of his hard earned success.
19 year + 4 (April) = 23 = his personal month (from April 10th, 2011 to May 10th, 2011) = Leadership. Taking the lead.
23 month + 28 (28th of the month from Thursday April 28th, 2011 9:46 p.m. to Friday April 29th, 2011 9:46 p.m.) = 51 = his personal day = Government. Official. Respect.
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