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Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton
(Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton visit St. Andrews University in Fife, Scotland February 25, 2011. REUTERS)

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Good morning everyone and welcome to the Pink Clubhouse Special Edition: Today is the big day of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton

 
There are several places to watch online. The Royal Channel Live Stream is at Royal Channel on YouTube.

I gathered up a few photos to share with you and will update the diary with more photos when they become available. Please feel free to add links and news of interest.

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Prince Will of Wales

Prince William of Wales KG FRS

(born William Arthur Philip Louis on 21 June 1982) is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and third eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is second in the line of succession, behind his father, to the thrones of 16 independent states, while he resides mostly in, and is more directly involved with, the United Kingdom, the oldest of these realms.

He was educated at four schools in the United Kingdom and obtained a degree from the University of St Andrews. He spent parts of a gap year in Chile, Belize, and countries in Africa. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Blues and Royals regiment of the Household Cavalry—serving with his brother Prince Harry and, two years later, earned his wings by completing pilot training at Royal Air Force College Cranwell. In 2009, the Prince transferred to the Royal Air Force, was promoted to flight lieutenant and underwent helicopter flying training in order to become a full time pilot with the Search and Rescue Force. In Autumn 2010, he completed his generic and special-to-type helicopter training and he is now at RAF Valley on No. 22 Squadron performing co-pilot duties on the Sea King search and rescue helicopter. On 16 November 2010 it was announced by Clarence House that Prince William and his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton are going to marry, and it was subsequently confirmed that the wedding ceremony would take place at 11 am on 29 April 2011 in Westminster Abbey, London.

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Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton

(born 9 January 1982) is the fiancée of Prince William of Wales. Their wedding is to take place on 29 April 2011. Middleton grew up in Chapel Row at Bucklebury, Berkshire, England,[1] and studied in Scotland at the University of St Andrews, where she met Prince William in 2001. They started a romantic relationship that continued until a break-up lasting for several months in 2007. However, they continued to be friends and rekindled their relationship later that year.

Since then, Middleton has attended many high-profile royal events. She has been admired for her fashion sense and has been placed on numerous "best dressed" lists. Once their relationship became public, Middleton received widespread media attention and there was much speculation that they would eventually marry. On 16 November 2010 the office of the Prince of Wales at Clarence House announced their engagement, with details announced one week later.  

 
REUTERS photos: Princess in waiting

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(Kate Middleton, the fiancee to Prince William, pours champagne over the 'Hereford Endeavour', during a Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication for the Royal National Lifeboat Instution's (RNLI) new Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station, in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey in north Wales, February 24, 2011. REUTERS.)

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(The fiancee of Britain's Prince William, Kate Middleton, meets members of the public as they attend a Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RLNI) new Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, the 'Hereford Endeavour', at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station, in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey in north Wales, February 24, 2011. REUTERS.)

 

Lady Kestrel found an itinerary to share with us:

 
8.15 a.m. London time (12.15 a.m. PT/3.15 a.m. ET) - According to royal officials, the general congregation will arrive at Westminster Abbey between 8.15 a.m. and 9.45 a.m.

9.50 a.m. London time (1.50 a.m. PT/4.50 a.m. ET) Governors-General and Prime Ministers of Realm Countries, the Diplomatic Corps, and other distinguished guests arrive at the Abbey.

10.10 a.m. London time (2.10 a.m. PT/5.10 a.m. ET) Prince William and Prince Harry leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.15 a.m.

10.20 a.m. London time (2.20 p.m. PT/5.20 p.m. ET) Carole Middleton and Kate's younger brother James leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.27 a.m.

10.35 a.m. London time (2.35 a.m. PT/5.35 a.m. ET) The following members of the royal family leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey: Princess Anne and Vice-Admiral Timothy Laurence; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice; Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.40 a.m.

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10.48am The Bridesmaids and Pages leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey.  They arrive at the Abbey at 10.55am.

10.51am The Bride, accompanied by Mr. Michael Middleton, leaves the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey.

 11.00am The Marriage Service begins.  The Marriage Service will be relayed by audio speakers along the Route.

12.15pm The Carriage Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom with a Captain’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, followed by The Queen’s Procession with a Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, leaves Westminster Abbey for Buckingham Palace.

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New Coat of Arms for Miss Middleton and her family

Miss Catherine Middleton has a new Coat of Arms in advance of her wedding to Prince William. Miss Middleton’s Coat of Arms derives from one which is being granted to her father, Mr. Michael Middleton. The design of the Arms was agreed and approved by Mr. Thomas Woodcock (Garter King of Arms and Senior Herald in England), who is based at the College of Arms in London.

The Middleton Family worked closely with the College of Arms throughout the design process to create a Coat of Arms that was personal to them and visually identified them as a family.

The three acorns represent Mr. and Mrs. Middleton’s three children (Catherine, Philippa and James). Acorns were chosen because the area in which the children were brought up – West Berkshire, England – is surrounded by oak trees. Additionally, oak is a long-established symbol of both ‘England’ and ‘Strength.’

The gold chevron, which sits at the centre of the design, represents Mrs. Middleton, whose maiden name is Goldsmith. The two thinner chevrons, which sit either side of the gold chevron, allude to hills and mountains and represent outdoor pursuits that the family enjoy together. The colours blue and red were chosen as they are the principle colours from the flag of the United Kingdom.

  
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Canada Post unveils Royal Wedding stamps

Canada Post has unveiled two stamps—one domestic and one international—to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

The stamps will be issued on the day of the Royal Wedding.

The last Royal Wedding stamp by Canada Post was issued in 1948.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton's Love Story at YouTube.

Volunteers from the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies discuss their part in preparing flowers for the Royal Wedding.

Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton visited Darwen, Lancashire on Monday 11th April 2011.

The Bridal Procession of Lady Diana Spencer on the day of her marriage to HRH Prince Charles at St. Paul's Cathedral (1981; edited). The music is the "Trumpet Voluntary" by Jeremiah Clarke (formerly attributed to Henry Purcell)  

Update: Royal Wedding dress photo:

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Photo credit: www.mirror.co.uk

   
The designer of Kate Middleton's wedding dress said it was the "experience of a lifetime" to be tasked with creating the exquisite gown.

Sarah Burton, of Alexander McQueen, described the bride as looking "absolutely stunning".

She said she was incredibly honoured to be asked to design the historic dress, adding: "I have enjoyed every moment of it."

 The bridal dress is an ivory gown with lace applique floral detail, with the skirt resembling "an opening flower" and intricate lace detailed train.

Update: Prince of Wales (William's father, Charles) will host a private dinner and dance

   
7p.m. London time (11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET)- Following that epic soiree, the Prince of Wales (William's father, Charles) will host a private dinner and dance, also at Buckingham Palace. This event will be for just the bride and groom's closest friends and family. If ever there was an opportunity for the Queen to bust out the Electric Slide, this will be it.
The Royal Wedding Vows
  

Originally posted to BlueJessamine on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 01:35 AM PDT.

Also republished by Pink Clubhouse.

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