Royal fanfare By Joan Morris firstname.lastname@example.org
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