Friday April 29th is the day of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. You may know her better as Kate Middleton but she will be termed Princess Catherine after the ceremony so she is more commonly referred to by her formal given name now. As they travel back to Buckingham Palace from their wedding you will see many historic sites: probably most notably, their first public kiss as husband and wife!
But it is not just the wedding ceremony that will interest us. The procession from Westminster Abbey back to Buckingham Palace will be our main chance to admire the highly anticipated wedding dress. Check out how to not miss any of the proceedings!
Inside Westminster Abbey, the procession down the nave will detour so as not to pass over the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, although other graves will be walked over. William and Kate may even pause here to pay tribute. Queen Elizabeth actually laid her wedding bouquet at the tomb, so people will be watching the former Kate Middleton to see if she does the same.
Now let us tell you about some of the historic sites that Prince William and Princess Catherine will travel past in their first horse-drawn carriage ride as a married couple. (And let’s hope for good weather so it is an open-top carriage and we can get a good look!)
From Westminster Abbey, the procession will go past the west face of the Palace of Westminster. This is where the House of Commons and House of Lords sit. The building also houses Big Ben and its clock tower. (Big Ben is actually a bell, although it is often incorrectly thought to be the clock).
From there they will travel down Whitehall where there are the Churchill War Rooms, underneath the Treasury. From here, Churchill directed the British war effort between 1940 and 1945. Then next is Downing Street, where the serving Prime Minister lives, and also the statue honouring the Women of World War II.
The procession will then pass Horse Guards Parade, home to the Household Cavalry and their horses. That is a popular spot for photographs, as tourists try to make the guards in their tall bearskin hats laugh. They will pass The Turf Club, Britain’s most exclusive Gentleman’s Club. Prince William is rumoured to hold membership.
They will pass St. James’ Palace, which is actually where the Queen lives most of the time. Princes Charles,William and Harry also all live there.
Back at Buckingham Palace we will eagerly await Prince William and Princess Catherine’s appearance on the balcony. Watch out for a kiss – rumor has it that this has been officially built into the schedule!