Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding date is now official – mark your calendars for: Friday, April 29, 2011
Location of the Wedding:
Westminster Abbey is the location of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It is the location where Prince Diana’s funeral was held, and, being ever so mindful of the current economy, it costs nothing to book. Furthermore, only a dozen or so weddings take place at Westminster Abbey every year since its use is limited to members of the royal family, abbey staff and members of the ceremonial Order of the Bath and their families.
It is expected that Prince Harry, brother of Prince William will serve as best man, and, Kate Middleton’s sister Pippa will be maid of honor. The guest list is expected to be long and impressive with names such as: President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama, former Prime Minster Tony Blair, Elton John, The Beckhams (David and Victoria) and Sir Richard Branson – whose daughter Holly is good friends with Prince William – all topping the list of attendees.
The cost? Estimates have the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton double that of Prince Charles and Princess Diana which ran £30 million ($45 million).
Planning to go to England for the wedding? Here’s what you to need to know about locations for watching
With Westiminster Abbey being the site of the wedding, and, the wedding reception being held at Buckingham Palace, best viewing locations will probably be along Victoria Street and Buckingham Gate and Spur Road. However, this is tentative and subject to change upon official route announcements from Buckingham Palace.
London, England is easily accessible from New York City via air travel with non-stop service to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Flights are approximately 7 hours in length from NYC area airports.