Prince William and Kate to marry next year - and it will be national holiday

Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton are to get married next year.

Their formal engagement will be announced early in 2011 followed by a summer wedding - which will be a national holiday. It'll be the greatest royal wedding since the marriage of William's parents, Charles and Diana, in July 1981.

The couple have not decided on a final date yet, but they have three in mind in July or August.

The year 2012 has been ruled out as the time for the wedding because it presents such a busy schedule - that year will be when the country celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (60 years on the Throne), when London hosts the Summer Olympics and, assuming that England qualify for Euro 2012 which is to be held in Poland and the Ukraine, Prince William will attend the tournament in his capacity as President of the English FA.

It is expected that on the day of the wedding up to two million people will turn out to cheer the couple.

Also, on the morning of the big day the Queen is likely to announce new titles for Wills and Kate - possibly the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

And, of course, when Prince William, 28, becomes King (he'll most likely be King William V but he could use one of his middle names and be King Philip, King Louis or even King Arthur), Kate, also 28 but a little older than William, will be Queen. She won't be Head of State, her husband will be, and won't even be an actual Queen - she'll just take the title due to her marriage to the reigning King.

Guests at the wedding will include not only PMs and Presidents from all over the world, it'll also include royalty - kings, queens, princes and princesses - from across the globe. Royals from Europe's other ancient royal dynasties - such as Sweden, Norway, Spain, Denmark and Holland - will attend the ceremony.

The obvious choice of wedding venue is Westminster Abbey, which was where the funerals of William's mother Princess Diana and his great-grandmother the Queen Mother were held in 1997 and 2002 and where his grandmother the Queen was married in 1947.

It is thought that the Prince wants a low-key affair at the 800-seat St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, but protocol demands that heads of state attend so it will be too small. Westminster Abbey will be able to host 2,000 people.

For the wedding ring itself, the royals traditionally use gold from the Clogau St David's mine and the Mawdach river in Bontddu, North West Wales. Kate's ring will almost certainly come from the same sources.

Prince William and Kate Middleton - whose real first name is Catherine - met in 2001 whilst studying at the University of St Andrews. The couple have been an item ever since, except from a temporary split in 2007.

Prince William serves is the RAF as a Sea King search and rescue pilot.

I'm already looking forward to the reign of King William V and Queen Catherine (and she's so beautiful I'm glad Britain is a constitutional monarchy).

Prince William and Kate Middleton to marry next year

By Richard Smith
The Mirror

Prince William and his longterm girlfriend Kate Middleton are to marry next year.

Their formal engagement will be announced early in 2011 followed by a summer wedding - which will be declared a national holiday.

Confirming secret plans are under way, a royal insider said: "William has decided the time is right."

They have been an item for more than eight years.

Now Prince William is finally set to tie the knot with Kate Middleton - the beautiful brunette who stole his heart while they were both students.

A royal source revealed: "William realised that he couldn't keep stringing Kate along forever.

"And although he would have loved to remain single until his mid-thirties, the fact is he knows that Kate is the right girl for him."

The happy couple - both 28 - are said to be considering three possible dates in July and August next year, but will make a final decision nearer the time.

The wedding will be a perfect birthday gift for the Queen, who turns 85, and Prince Philip, who reaches 90 next year. Our source said 2012 had been ruled out because it presents such a hectic schedule.

He explained: "There are the Euro football championships in Poland and Ukraine - and William will be there as FA President.

"It's also the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and, of course, the London Olympics."

The wedding day will be declared a national holiday - with up to two million people expected to turn out to cheer the couple.

On the morning of the big day the Queen is likely to announce new titles for Wills and Kate - possibly the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Speculation over the wedding has been mounting for months. It was revealed at the weekend that the Royal Mint is making preparations for a coin to mark the occasion.

Bookie William Hill stopped taking bets on a 2011 wedding and will now only give odds on which month.

It was also reported that senior courtiers have made overtures to Westminster Abbey about a possible ceremony in the second week of August.

William still has three years to serve as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot in North Wales.

The future Queen on the catwalk modelling lingerie

He will also step up his royal duties as he sets out on the long road towards becoming King.

Our source said: "William has always said he wanted to get married when he was between 28 and 30 and so this is slap bang in the middle as he'll be 29 next year.

"A royal wedding takes months of planning. The first steps have been taken and it's all systems go, although they won't want to admit it just yet."

Many close to William - including brother Harry - believe he would change the date of a wedding if it was leaked before an official announcement.

"That's very true," said the source. "But he can't keep putting it off forever, and 2011 has now been earmarked.

"There is so much work and organisation to do that you can't just change the arrangements on a whim."

William and Kate met at St Andrews University in 2001. They have been together ever since, apart from a brief break in 2007.

Clarence House was sticking to the official line last night. A spokesman insisted: "Only Prince William and Kate Middleton know what their plans are and anything else is just speculation."


The obvious choice of wedding venue is Westminster Abbey (pictured), even though it was the scene of Diana's funeral, as well as that of the Queen Mother.

The abbey - where the Queen married in 1947 - holds around 2,000 guests.

It is believed William wants to marry in the 800-seat St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, preferring a low-key ceremony.

But protocol demands heads of state attend so St George's is simply too small.

William is reluctant to use St Paul's Cathedral, hosting 3,500 people, because his parents married there in 1981.

A friend said: "He doesn't want it to be a re-run and endlessly compared to that wedding. He thinks similar pictures will heap more pressure on Kate."


Lady Louise Windsor is ninth in line to the Throne

The royals have a "supporter" rather than a best man and William's younger brother Prince Harry, 26, will undoubtedly perform the role, as Prince Andrew did for Charles in 1981.

Chief bridesmaid will most likely be Kate's younger sister Pippa, 26, helped by William's cousins Zara Phillips, 29, Prince Edward's daughter Lady Louise, six, and Lady Helen Taylor's daughter Eloise, seven.


King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden

The congregation will include royalty from across the world, including kings and queens, and princes and princesses from the ancient European dynasties such as Sweden, Spain, Norway, Holland and Denmark.

Presidents and prime ministers will be there, although US President Barack Obama will probably be represented by wife Michelle, who has struck up a lasting rapport with the Queen.

Celebrities will include singers who have performed for the Prince's Trust, such as Phil Collins, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney and Bryan Adams.

School friends and university mates will mingle with stars such as Joan Rivers and Stephen Fry.

Kate's immediate family will sit in the front row on the other side of the church to the royals.

Dad Michael, 61, a former pilot, and mum Carole, 56, run a firm together called Party Pieces, selling children's party accessories. Kate worked for them.

As well as sister Pippa, Kate has a brother James, 24, who runs a cake business.


The money is on celebrity florist Rob Van Helden, who has previously provided blooms for Elton John's parties.

Prince Charles may also insist the occasion calls for flowers from his beloved Highgrove, Glos, a garden that has Kate's favourite, white lilies.


Princess Diana's wedding ring

William inherited some of Diana's favourite jewellery, so Kate could wear a piece from her collection.

For the wedding ring itself, the royals traditionally use gold from the Clogau St David's mine and the Mawdach river in Bontddu, North West Wales.


Kate's hair will be done by crimper Richard Ward, who is based in Chelsea.

He will get the best out of her rich chestnut tresses, while make-up artist Komal Singh could be called in to oversee her appearance.

Dentist Dr Didier Fillion could be asked to ensure there is no last-minute hitch with that perfect smile.


St James's Palace

William and Kate will continue to live at their cottage near the prince's RAF base in North Wales. The precise location is being kept a secret.

But they will also stay in London at his apartment in St James's Palace.

In the longer term, it is believed a house will be built for the couple at Harewood Park, a Duchy of Cornwall estate in Herefordshire, just an hour's drive from Prince Charles's Highgrove home.

After nine years together, the couple, both approaching 30, will want to start a family as soon as possible, producing the so-called "heir and spare" to ensure the royal succession.


The wedding dress worn by Prince William's mother in 1981 had a 25ft train

Kate favours many international dress designers, but her choice would be limited to a British one as she is expected to fly the flag on her special day.

Bruce Oldfield would be an obvious candidate - he was a friend of Diana and designed wedding dresses for Queen Rania of Jordan and Jemima Khan.

London-based Jenny Packham and Amanda Wakeley are other possibilities, as well as Vivienne Westwood.

The dress is unlikely to copy Diana's 1981 gown, which, with its 25ft train, was very much in keeping with the time but would now look over the top.
Last edited by Blackleaf; Oct 21st, 2010 at 11:42 AM..
Oh joy! Will there be Bradford Exchange plates and trinkets too?
Holiday where? How many god damn holidays do people need? Anyone who is familiar with the bankruptcy statistics knows more holidays is the last thing we need. How many more stat. holidays can employers afford to pay? I see a mentality here similar to sub prime mortgages in the U.S. If William rates a holiday, next thing Hank will want one too.
Oh good - William's finally found the gumption!!! I thought he'd never get around to it - but someone said she was a bit reticent too - can't be much fun rattling around in those moldy old castles...hehe!

I adore Kate Middleton - she will add glam and beauty to the royals' lives and she seems quite happy not to be the center of attention as some women would want to be.

I like William - hope they will be happy in their new lives together.

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