The hottest news that has been making headlines over the past several months all over the world is the wedding of Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton on 29th April, 2011. It will be the most televised royal wedding in recent times. The wedding ceremony is to be held at the venue well-known among the royal circles of Britain, the Westminster Abbey. This is the 16th royal wedding to be held there.
The abbey has seen several royal weddings in the past and not only weddings but it has also seen coronations, funerals and burials; it is the venue used by the royal family since the last 900 years when the 1st royal wedding of King Henry I and Scotland’s Princess Matilda took place on 11th Nov, 1100.
King George VI wed Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon on the 26th April, 1923 at Westminster Abbey amidst hymns like ‘Marcia Eroica’ and ‘Praise My Soul’. King George VI is the father of Queen Elizabeth II and the king before she ascended to the throne of Britain after her father’s death.
Queen Elizabeth II married Philip Mountbatten in Westminster Abbey on the 20th Nov, 1947, the 10th royal wedding at the abbey. The ceremony was broadcast on radios and the filming of the ceremony and the procession was done. Next in the line was the wedding of the queen’s younger sister, Princess Margaret to Antony Armstrong Harris on 14th Nov, 1973 followed by Prince Andrew who married Sarah Ferguson on 23rd July, 1986.
Prince Charles opted out from the tradition of royal weddings held in Westminster Abbey; he married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral on 29th July 1981 calling themselves as the prince and princess of the people.
Contrary to Prince Charles, his father, Prince William has taken to tradition and will wed Kate Middleton at the Westminster Abbey.