The royal wedding date was not announced last week with the engagement. But the royal wedding date mystery finally ended today, as Britain found out when their next national holiday is. They knew it would happen sometime in the spring or summer, most likely at Westminster Abbey. Since workers would get the day off for the occasion, it was likely to happen on a Friday. Those predictions came true today, as the date of the royal wedding is on April 29, 2011.
The details were made official in a statement from the house of Prince Charles today. On April 29, Charles’ son, Prince William, will take Kate Middleton as his bride and the next Princess of Britain. It will be held at Westminster Abbey, as virtually everyone thought.
With the royal wedding date now official, Britain and the world now only have to wait five months for the big day. When it finally arrives, the entire nation will get the day off to watch, since it is a national holiday for the country. What’s more, a record TV audience around the world is expected to tune in.
There were various reports on why it took this long to settle the details. Prince William’s advisers were said to have wanted a summer date to decrease the risk of rain. Yet they settled for a late spring ceremony, a month before other big occasions for the family.
The royal wedding date likely couldn’t have fallen in June, since Prince Phillip’s 90th birthday is on the 10th, and the Trooping of the Color is a day later. Holding it in July would have been an uneasy omen, since Charles and Diana were wed on July 29.
Even April has royal associations, since Charles and Camilla were married on the 9th six years ago. Yet it seems to be the least-crowded month in spring and summer, and the soonest that they can get this done.
For the next five months, the family will be putting together a lavish affair, although they claim it will be relatively subdued. Yet, as the day nears, the country and the world will expect some kind of extravagance from them, as is their trademark. Still, with the troubled economy, too much glamor would be subject to criticism.
It took eight years for Prince William and Middleton to become engaged, so waiting over a week for the date is small potatoes. But now that the details are set, there are just over five more months of waiting left to sit through.
ABC News- “Prince William’s, Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding Date Set”
Daily Mail- “Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding date to be decided in days”