More news of the great event –
Prince William has chosen to not wear a wedding ring, St James's Palace says, (Did you know a palace could talk? Miracles will never cease) but Kate, will have one made from gold from the Clogau St David's mine at Bontddu, in north Wales. You learn something everyday. I never knew there was gold in North Wales. Evidently the Queen was presented with a fresh supply of gold by the mine in 1986 and it is from this that Miss Middleton's ring will be made. William's father, the Prince of Wales, wears a wedding band, but his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, does not. Terrific piece of information that you have to admit. With just four weeks to go the Ministry of Defence has revealed how the armed forces will play a role:
• more than 1,000 members of the Army, Navy and RAF will line the route from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace
• they will be joined by a series of military bands, including those from the Royal Marines, the Grenadier Guards and the Scots Guards
• inside Westminster Abbey, eight Household Cavalry state trumpeters and eight RAF fanfare trumpeters will play
• after the service, a select few personnel - chosen because of their personal relationship with Prince William or their outstanding contributions to their service - will line the path along which the newlyweds will walk as they leave the abbey
• a guard of honour, made up of members of the Welsh Guards, will await them outside Buckingham Palace
• at 1330 British Standard Time, a fly-past involving the Battle of Britain memorial flight will take place over Buckingham Palace. Two Typhoons and two Tornados will also be involved
Gen Sir David Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff, said: "It is a huge honour for those servicemen and women taking part and one that they and their families will remember with great pride. For those in the path-lining party it will be a particular and poignant honour as many will have served alongside Prince William, and I am sure they will take great delight in being among the first to see His Royal Highness alongside his new bride."
In the meantime, if you’re interested, you can buy Kate Middleton dolls and in New York evidently jewelers and hairdressers are being rushed off their feet as women queue up to acquire the Kate Middleton look. Do you mind? With the big day nearing the internet is abuzz with royal wedding stories and his Royal Highness says it is giving him sleepless nights. At a rehearsal his knees were going like the clappers. While invited guests are studying their manners guides, some of the uninvited are plotting ways to get around security and through the door on the wedding day. The entire ceremony will be available on iTunes and other digital-download sites just hours after the service, after which it will be available on CD, cassette and vinyl on 5 May. And for the wedding obsessives who just can't get enough royal news in the run up to the big day, developers have created countless royal wedding-related smartphone applications. While the US and Britain are obviously the largest markets, people are downloading the apps (trendy that, no?) from as far away as the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. Looks as though people all over the world simply can't help but keep track of how many minutes there are until Kate and William say "I do". And now go out and buy one of those sick bags ready for use.
PS: I wonder if Putin has been invited?