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					Royal fanfare                                                          By Joan Morris jmorris@bayareanewsgroup.com

Not gotten your wedding invite for the royal do on Friday? Blast it all, it must have been lost in the post. But
don’t fret, mate. Put on your best frock and bonnet, or pull on a cardie and put up your trotters — we’ve got
all the details to make it feel like you were right there in the pew, behind Camilla and to the left of Elton John.
SYNCHRONIZE YOUR WATCHES
You’ll need to get up awfully early to see the wedding from the very beginning. According to the official Royal Wedding website, guests are expected
to arrive at Westminster Abbey at 8:15 a.m. British Standard Time, which is 12:15 a.m. California time. Here’s how the rest of the ceremony plays out:

12:15 a.m.                 1:45 a.m.                2:42 a.m.                    2:45a.m.                  2:51 a.m.                   3 a.m.                     4:15 a.m.
Prince William, along      General congregation     Prince Charles               Queen Elizabeth           Kate leaves the             The ceremony               Call in the royal
with brother and best      in place so notable      and his wife,                II and the Duke of        Goring Hotel with           begins.                    carriages. Will and
man Prince Harry,          guests and foreign       Camilla, arrive.             Edinburgh arrive.         her wedding party.                                     Kate are officially
arrive at the Abbey.       dignitaries can make                                                                                                                   hitched. Now it’s off to
                           their appearances.                                                                                                                     Buckingham Palace.
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WHO’S COMING                                                                                   WE HEAR MUSIC
Only 2,000 of their closest friends and                                                        The palace has gone all out arranging the music. The London Chamber Orchestra will
family. Among the faces to look for will                                                       perform with the Choir of Westminster Abbey, left, the Chapel Royal Choir and the
be Sir Elton John, David and Victoria                                                          Fanfare Team from the Royal Air Force’s Central Band.
Beckham, film director and Madonna                                                             Trumpeters from the Fanfare Team will salute Wills and Kate after they have signed
ex-hubby Guy Ritchie, comedian                                                                 the register, making them husband and wife. The 30-second fanfare was written
Rowan Atkinson, Daniella Helayel                                                               especially for the couple, and is called “Valiant and Brave” which, not coincidentally, is
(who designed Kate’s engagement                                                                the motto of William’s Royal Air Force’s 22 Squadron.
dress) and former English rugby coach
Sir Clive Woodward. We may need the                                                            Immediately after the ceremony, Decca Records will digitalize the music so it can
commentators to point out the last one                                                         be downloaded. CDs and other forms will be released soon after, along with a
and two of William’s former nannies, his                                                       commemorative book of the service, readings, vows, hymns and blessings.
former headmaster at Ludgrove School                                                           In the meantime, check out YouTube to see 84-year-old pensioner Sadie Dixon’s
and the provost of Eton College.                                                               musical salute to the wedding of the year.




A FAMILIAR RING                               A ROYAL RIDE                                                                                     LET THEM EAT CAKE
William has already made it clear             Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment                                                               OK, wrong country, wrong revolution,
that he will not be wearing a wedding         will provide the horses and carriages                                                            but Wills and Kate will be eating a lot
ring. The reason? He doesn’t like             for the royals and the wedding party.                                                            of cake thanks to Leicestershire-based
jewelry, for himself anyway. He’s             Two of the horses are named after the                                                            cake designer Fiona Cairns, who is
shown an appreciation for it and              happy couple. Capt. James Hulme                                                                  creating the royal wedding cake. Want
history by giving Kate his mother’s           will be riding William in one of the                                                             to share in the fun? It’s a traditional
engagement ring, below. Kate’s band           four divisions that will make up the                                                             wedding fruit cake, which will be
will be very much traditional, at least       Sovereign’s Escort accompanying the                                                              served along with the groom’s cake,
in its metallurgy. Every royal wedding        queen. No word on who will be riding                                                             a chocolate biscuit cake, specially
band must contain a bit of Welsh gold.        Kate. If the weather’s good, the couple                                                          requested by William, and made from
                                              will ride to Buckingham Palace in a 1902                                                         17,000 McVitie’s Rich Tea biscuits and
                                              State Landau carriage, below, that was                                                           37 pounds of chocolate.
                                              built specifically for King Edward VII.                                                          Kate has overseen the decorating
                                                                                                                                               details of the wedding cake, asking
                                                                                                                                               that flowers that have traditional
                                                                                                                                               Victorian symbols be re-created in
                                                                                                                                               icing, fondant and gum paste. These
                                                                                                                                               include the English rose for love, acorns
                                                                                                                                               and oak leaves signifying strength,
                                                                                                                                               the thistle to represent Scotland and
                                                                                               Cairns with decorations for the royal cake.     shamrocks for Ireland.




THE STARS ALIGN                                                                                WHAT TO WEAR                                    KISS HIM, KATE
Match made in heaven? Astrologers                                                              Kate’s wedding dress and the designer           Every royal wedding includes
seem to think so. Kate, born Jan. 9,                                                           are still under wraps, which has fueled         “the kiss,” the very public smooch
1982, is a Capricorn; William, born                                                            speculation. Most people agree we’ll            that takes place after the wedding on
June 21, 1982, is a Cancer. Capricorn                                                          see an appropriately conservative,              the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
is an earth sign, while Cancer is a water                                                      modern dress — think form-fitting,              Fergie and Andrew mugged for the
sign, and apparently they mix well.                                                            but sans plunging neckline. Debate              crowd, egging on the crowd’s pleas
                                                                                               rages on whether Kate will wear a               for “kiss, kiss, kiss.” Charles and Diana
                                                                                               diadem — a tiara — and veil. Odds look          were much more somber, an obviously
                                                                                               good for the diadem, a traditional gift         shy Di appearing uncomfortable with
WEDDING GIFTS                                                                                  from the queen to a royal bride. But            the very public sign of affection.
Thinking of sending a present? The                                                             if Kate is sporting a veil, experts predict     But once the couple pucker up, you can
couple has requested donations be                                                              it won’t come close to matching                 probably go back to bed. We won’t be
made instead to a number of their                                                              Diana’s 24-foot-long cathedral veil, left.      seeing anything from inside the palace.
                                                                                                                                                                                             ....




favorite charities. Check them out at                                                          William will be in full military regalia,
www.royalweddingcharityfund.org.                                                               most likely his RAF dress uniform.              GETTY IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHS

				
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