The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will work together with some of Britain’s most accomplished Olympians as Ambassadors for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In a message of support for the 2012 Games and in his role as an Ambassador, The Duke of Cambridge commented:
“Catherine, Harry and I are honoured to be Ambassadors for Team GB and Paralympics GB. London hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will inspire so many people – particularly the young – to be the best they can be. We are hugely looking forward to this incredible sporting competition, but are also looking beyond next summer’s Games to the springboard it will provide for future success and excellence. The athletes and coaches taking part in the Team GB Ambition Programme are part of that future success – potential medal winners and sources of inspiration to come. We hope they enjoy the experience of London 2012 to the full, and learn from it how to become successful British Olympians of the future.”
These are the official Royal Wedding photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by Hugo Burnand, taken in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace.
The photographer Hugo Burnand explained that the official pictures of Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s wedding were shot to show two families coming together and reveal the Royal Couple’s love for one another. Burnand commented he hoped it looked ‘effortless, relaxed and friendly’.
The official Royal Wedding photographs are copyright of St James’s Palace 2011, by photographer Hugo Burnand.
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We are delighted to bring you a colourful and vibrant selection of images from the Royal Wedding of William and Catherine.
From the thousands of Royal fans who gathered in the Mall, to the breath-taking moment that the wedding dress was revealed, to the balcony kiss and the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from Buckingham Palace on Saturday… we have a wonderful collection of images for you to browse.
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Coverage of the Royal Wedding will be led by UK news broadcasters BBC, ITN and Sky News. The BBC is in charge of the 20+ cameras inside Westminster Abbey, however hundreds of other cameras will be positioned along the 1.2m wedding procession route from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace. Here’s a selection of what to watch and when:
Broadcasting from 8.ooam with Huw Edwards and, on the street with Fiona Bruce, Sophie Raworth and Fearne Cotton – just to name a few. Fearne Cotton will also be hosting a special Radio1 show from the mall on Thursday 28 April.
Catch the highlights from 9.30pm
Broadcast live at the same time as BBC One in the UK.
Broadcasting from 6.00am from the studio with Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley meanwhile, Kate Garraway will be at the bride’s home village of Bucklebury. From 11.00am Julie Etchingham and Philip Schofield, with Mary Nightingale at Westminster Abbey and Alastair Stewart and Mark Austin in the crowds.
Broadcasting begins at 6.00am outside Buckingham Palace, with Eamonn Holmes and Sarah Hughes.
A whole day of International Royal Wedding coverage with Piers Morgan, Anderson Cooper and Kiran Chetry, meanwhile Cat Deeley will report from the crowds.
Broadcasting from outside Buckingham Palace will be Shepard Smith, Martha MacCallum, Socialite Plum Sykes and former Butler to Princess of Diana, Paul Burrell. The network’s programming leading up to the event will include the documentary Countdown to the Royal Wedding
Live coverage from 4.00am with Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters, followed by a West Coast edition of Good Morning America, with Robin Roberts reporting live from the Abbey.
Coverage all day long, with a focus on the Royal Wedding fashion and guests.
As the excitement mounts and the countdown week begins, keen Royalists and followers of the Prince William and Catherine Middleton are expected to start arriving in central London, to secure the best vantages points along the wedding route.
Loyal supporters are likely to camp out at various points between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, to have the best chance of catching a glimpse of the Royal bride and groom.
Guests will start to arrive at Westminster Abbey from 9.00am and the service will take place at 11.00 am. William and Catherine will travel by carriage past the House of Parliament, Horse Guards Parade, The Mall, St. James’ Park and Clarence House before arriving Buckingham Palace.
Here’s a selection of locations where you can view the wedding procession and all the excitement from the street …
- The Mall for a front row seat – only for those who arrive early!
- Parliament Square for a view of Westminster Abbey – to catch a glimpse of the wedding party.
- London Eye – for a bird’s eye view of Westminster Abbey.
- Where The Mall meets Horse Guards Road – to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom as they travel to Buckingham Palace.
- St James’s Park Australia Gate – for the closest view of Buckingham Palace.
Remember you will need to arrive early to be in with a chance of securing your spot and don’t forget to bring essential supplies including food and drink, suitable clothing and a camera!
Members of National Association of Flower Arranging Societies are busy preparing flowers in Westminster Abbey for Friday’s Royal Wedding.
The Abbey will be decorated in white, green and cream foliage to reflect the bride’s English country style.
Almost 30,000 flowers will adorn the Abbey on Friday, including lilac blossoms and azaleas. Many of the flowers and green cuttings will come from the Royal Estates of Sandringham and Windsor.
Native English field maple trees and hornbeams have been placed down the aisle to create an avenue of trees in the historic Abbey.
• The Choir of Westminster Abbey
• The Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace
• The London Chamber Orchestra
• The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force
• The State Trumpeters of The Household Cavalry
According to St James’s Palace, Prince William and Catherine have taken a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their Service, which will include a number of well-known hymns and choral works as well as some specially-commissioned pieces.
The official Royal Wedding ‘Instrument of Consent’ was released on Maundy Thursday, an occasion that coincided with the Queen’s 85th birthday. The Queen signed a notice of approval which gave her formal consent to the union of “Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G. and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton”.
The Instrument of Consent is a statutory requirement as laid out by the Royal Marriages Act of 1772. The Act states that all descendants of George II must obtain the Sovereign’s consent before they marry.
The elaborate document features decorative artwork designed to represent the bride and groom. A gold cipher of William and Catherine’s entwined initials sit below a white lily, chosen to represents the feast day of St Catherine of Siena, which is held on the 29 April each year. A Welsh leak supported by the Prince’s three pronged white label, donates William as second in line to the throne and a red escallop, from the Spencer family Arms, represents William’s late mother Princess Diana.
The consent is sealed with the red wax of the Great Seal of the Realm. This method was traditionally used to prevent forgery and as proof of a Monarch’s consent. The seal used today was created in 2001 for Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen has invited Prince William and Kate Middleton to share Buckingham Palace with her as their official London residence, to ensure that the Royal couple have a safe and private place to stay after they are married.
If Prince William and Kate Middleton accept the offer they will have a large self-contained section within Buckingham Palace.
Prince Charles has also offered to let Will and Kate renovate one of his apartments at the rambling complex in London.
A senior royal source said “Buckingham Palace is an option, not least because it has a lot of space, and it’s obviously safe from a security point of view. But William is determined to make life as ‘normal’ as possible after the wedding, which makes an apartment at St James’s Palace a more likely choice”.
St James’s Palace is an option for Prince William and Kate Middleton as they are keen to live a normal life and the couple can choose a suite with less formal surroundings.
Their wedding will reflect the current economic situation and the nation’s mood a similarity shared by Prince William’s grandparents wedding 1947. In 1947 the wedding fund was non existing and the tax payers only paid for the decorations in Whitehall and outside the palace, Will and Kate acknowledge the similar situation and want to keep the taxpayers’ expense to a minimum.
If heads of states are invited, it will be because they are friends of the family. Kate and William are more use to seeing their friends marry in country churches and having a traditional intimate experience, Will and Kate are determine to create a similar atmosphere.
The wedding is held at Westminster Abbey 29th April.