Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Honeymoon ...

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen not to depart for a honeymoon immediately.  Instead, after spending the weekend privately in the United Kingdom, The Duke will return to work as a Search and Rescue pilot next week.
The locations of both their private weekend before The Duke returns to work and their future honeymoon, which will be overseas, will not be disclosed in advance.
The Couple have asked that their privacy be respected during the coming weekend and during their honeymoon.

The Official Wedding Photos

Friday, April 29, 2011

Diana's Presence at the Royal Wedding

Five months ago, when Prince William first announced to the world he’d given a ring to Kate Middleton, he made it clear that only one other woman mattered as much to him.

"It's my mother's engagement ring,” he told the press of the sapphire and diamond engagement heirloom. “Obviously she's not going to be around to share any of the fun and excitement of it all -- this was my way of keeping her close to it all."

During every step of their path down the aisle, Kate and William have made a point to keep Lady Diana’s memory alive. Today’s wedding was no exception. They recited their vows at the Westminster Abbey, the historic church where Diana’s memorial was held for 3 million mourners in 1997. Then, William was just a teenager, and his solemn march behind his mother’s coffin was in stark contrast to the beaming stride he took down the aisle today.

But the church itself wasn't the only reminder of Diana's parting. Bishop of London Richard Chartres, who also spoke at Diana's memorial, gave the wedding sermon. And during the musical portion of the ceremony, the first hymn sung was "Guide Me Thou, O Great Redeemer," the same song that concluded Di's funeral service and memorial service, 10 years after her death.

The focus wasn't only on Di's absence, but on the memory of her vibrant life. As Kate walked down the aisle in Alexander McQueen , every bit the breathtaking bride her mother-in-law was in 1981, she clutched a bouquet of Sweet William dotted with Lily of the Valley, a staple of Diana's wedding bouquet. And when it was time to say her vows, she again summoned Di’s independent spirit, by omitting the term “obey”. It was the one battle Diana Spencer picked when she agreed to marry Prince Charles. At the time, the break in tradition caused outrage among royal-watchers. Today it’s a testament to Di’s courage and trail-blazing choices.

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European Royals at the Wedding

 Harald V and Sonja of Norway

Victoria and Daniel of Sweden

Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée Charlene

Pavlos and Marie Chantal of Greece

The Prince and Princess of Orange

Sofía of Spain and the Prince and Princess of Asturias

Alexander and Katherine of Yugoslavia

 Constaine II and Anne Marie of Greece

Henri and María Teresa of Luxembourg
Margrethe II of Denmark

The Kiss

The Balcony Scene

The Prince of Wales Aston Martin

In the most informal part of the royal wedding celebrations, Prince William and Kate Middleton waved from the convertible while an RAF rescue helicopter flew overhead.
They emerged from the palace gates at about 3.35pm in a dark blue Aston Martin DB6 MkII belonging to the Prince of Wales.
The car, which runs on bioethanol fuel distilled from surplus British wine, was festooned with red, white and blue streamers tied to the bonnet, rosettes on the windscreen and an “L” learner plate on the front.

Trailing from the back were heart-shaped balloons and others bearing the initials “W” for William and “C” for Catherine, while a yellow rear number plate had been added that read: “JU5T WED”.

 Prince Harry, the best man, and other friends and family had decorated the car, which had been a 21st birthday present from the Queen to the princes’ father, in the traditional style for newly-weds.

Wedding Procession

Images from Westminster Abbey (4)

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