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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?”‘

Prince William and Kate Middleton
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. 

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Impressive: Westminster Abbey is considered favourite for wedding venue


St James' Palace
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
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.’

Trooping of the Colour
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.

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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

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

June 10th

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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30 March 2011  09:35 ET

When Prince William marries Kate Middleton, all eyes will be on every detail of their day. Is there a pattern set by previous royal nuptials – and what are the traditions?

The groom in uniform, bedecked with medals. The bride dressed by a British designer, her flowers containing sprigs of myrtle cut from the same bush used for Queen Victoria’s bouquet. And cheering crowds.

This is the template for a royal wedding, as celebrated by William’s great-grandparents, his grandparents, his father and mother, aunts and uncles.

More recent nuptials – Edward and Sophie’s, Charles and Camilla’s – have been modest affairs by royal standards, with buffet-style wedding breakfasts and intimate ceremonies in Windsor.

Modern royal weddings mark a significant break with the past, says Fiona Macdonald, author of Royal Weddings: A Very Peculiar History.

“Until the 19th Century and early in the 1900s, the pattern had been largely the same for the past 1,000 years. Royal weddings were usually arranged for political, dynastic and empire-building reasons, and the bride and groom were always of mutually royal rank.

“Marrying a commoner was exceptionally rare. The most famous example was Edward IV marrying Elizabeth Woodville in the 15th Century.”

That was just what Prince Albert did, marrying Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, daughter of a minor Scottish aristocrat, in 1923 at Westminster Abbey.

As the second son, Albert had somewhat more freedom of choice than his brother Edward.

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon emerges from her home to be married, 1923
The Queen Mother’s wedding day

But Edward abdicated to be with Wallis Simpson, a divorcee, and so Prince Albert became King George VI, his wife became Queen Elizabeth, and their daughter Elizabeth became heir to the throne.

When she was 11, five possible future bridegrooms from four foreign families were under consideration, including the man she eventually fell in love with – Prince Philip of Greece. He renounced his own titles in order to be her consort, and the pair wed at Westminster Abbey in 1947.

A very British church

William and Kate will also become man and wife at Westminster Abbey. Yet it only became the venue of choice for royal weddings late in its 1,000-year history. Prior to World War I, kings and queens, princes and princesses married in private in royal chapels or palaces.

The war meant the British royal family was keen to play down its German heritage, and to strengthen its rapport with the British people. King George V changed the family’s Germanic name to Windsor.

“He also encouraged the use of Westminster Abbey for royal weddings. It was the great British church, founded by a king and where kings and queens were traditionally crowned,” says Macdonald, adding that its size meant a wider circle of guests could be invited.

“Throughout the 20th Century, grand processions through the streets were a feature of almost all royal weddings. There were also street decorations, and sometimes street parties. These were a very powerful way of allowing ordinary people to share in the royal ceremony.”

The venue, the national mood of celebration – no wonder the marriage of Elizabeth and Philip was the definitive modern royal wedding:

  • She wore a gown decorated with patriotic symbols, made from silk from Chinese silkworms – just two years after WWII, Japanese or Italian silkworms were out of the question
  • He wore his naval uniform, with medals earned on active service
  • She laid her bouquet of seasonal flowers, with sprigs of myrtle, on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, just as her mother had done
  • They waved to crowds of well-wishers from the Buckingham Palace balcony
  • They then feasted on French-style dishes named in their honour
  • And, for the first time, the wedding was broadcast live to an international radio audience

In another first, newsreel cameras were allowed into the Abbey itself, although those watching the wedding film only saw the backs of the happy couple at the altar.

Cake ingredients donated by Australian Girl Guides

Wedding feasts are shows of wealth and power. Highly ornamented foods such as gilded peacocks were common on medieval tables, but the most imposing feature of any modern wedding is the cake.

When Victoria married Albert in 1840, one of their cakes weighed in at 300lb, while that of Prince Albert and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923 was almost nine feet high. Our own Queen sent pieces of her cake all over the UK, linking her subjects to her in a rather special way.

Royal weddings first became public spectacles in the later half of the 19th Century, with the advent of mass media such as daily newspapers.

“Once reliable telegraphy was up and running, British royal events became news across the Atlantic and throughout the Empire,” says Ms Macdonald.

In 1923, the Archbishop of Canterbury vetoed live radio coverage of Prince Albert’s wedding, who feared men would listen in pubs, while still wearing their hats. Instead, a silent newsreel was shown in cinemas worldwide.

The first royal wedding to be televised live came when Princess Margaret married Lord Snowdon in 1960. But TV audiences did not witness an exchange of vows until 21 years later, when Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer.

“By the time of Edward and Sophie’s, and Charles and Camilla’s weddings, there was a mingling of old and new royal wedding traditions – televised, but more intimate and less stately occasions,” says Ms Macdonald.

When William marries Kate in April, intimate is unlikely to be the adjective of choice. For it will be the wedding of a future king and queen.



Queen Elizabeth II was born April 21st, 1926 at 2:40 a.m. in London, England according to

April 21st, 1926

4 + 21 +1+9+2+6 = 43 = her life lesson = what she is here to learn = Celebrating.  Entertaining.  Friends.  Having fun.   “Cheers!”  Eat, drink and be merry.  The more the merrier.  Fun & games.  Let’s play.  Enjoy it with everyone else.  Having a bash.  The life of the party.  Let’s have fun.  I like that.  Let’s be friends.  Extend the hand of friendship to all you meet.  Introduce yourself.  Nice to make your acquaintance.  Nice to meet you.  Greetings and salutations.  Let’s meet.  Merry meet.  Meet and greet.  Circle of friends.  You’re in good company.  Having company.  Keeping company.  Fitting in.  At your leisure.  To band together.  Drawing a crowd.  I like a good laugh.  Have a good one.  Have a nice day.  Seasons greetings.  Happy holidays.  What’s for dinner?  The horn of plenty.  Enough is as good as a feast.  More fun than a barrel of monkeys.  Birds of a feather flock together.


Here is her numerology for the upcoming royal wedding:

April 21st, 1926

April 21st

4 + 21 +2+0+1+1 = 29 = her personal year (from April 21st, 2011 to April 20th, 2012) = Prince Philip.  Self-confidence.  Cooperation.  Teamwork.  Expertise.  Consulting experts.

[A person’s life lesson number stands for themself.  Prince Philip was born on June 10th, 1921 according to    June 10th, 1921   6 + 10 +1+9+2+1 = 29 = Prince Philip’s life lesson number.  That it is Queen Elizabeth II’s personal year indicates that Prince Philip will be significant to her during this year.]

29 year + 4 (April) = 33 = her personal month (from April 21st, 2011 to May 20th, 2011) = Taking a stand.  Not backing down.

33 month + 29 (29th of the month on Friday April 29th, 2011 (the day of the upcoming royal wedding)) = 62 = her personal day = Dealing with restrictions.  Doing what is unpopular.


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