Royal Wedding Watch: Five Fun Facts

Apr 26, 2011 by



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In just four days, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be married at the historic Westminster Abbey, followed by a grand reception at Buckingham Palace. Everyone in the fashion world is speculating about Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, but I’d like to take a break from that and focus on the preparations surrounding the Royal Wedding. I dug through the web for some facts about the Royal Wedding, and you’ll be surprised at what I found! Below is some fun Royal Wedding trivia.

Kate Middleton is doing her own makeup

Believe it or not, princess-to-be Kate is very skilled with a makeup brush, and will be taking care of her own bridal beauty on the most publicized wedding of the decade. According to news reports, she was unhappy with the makeup done by a professional artist for her engagement portraits, that she washed it off and redid the makeup herself. Wow! I’m not bad with a makeup brush either but I’d like to feel like a bride on my big day and have a professional take care of my face.

The Royal Wedding guest list is a mixed bag

Around 1,900 guests were invited to the Royal Wedding. Aside from parliament members, family, and friends of the couple, the wedding guest list included celebrities like Victoria and David Beckham, Elton John, and Rowan Atkinson. The list gets stranger, however – several ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends were invited to the Abbey ceremony, as well as two controversial dictators, Crown Prince of Bahrain Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa and King Mswati of Swaziland.

No beer allowed in the reception

The reception at Buckingham Palace will not be alcohol-free, but they won’t be serving beer, either. According to a wedding insider, serving beer in the presence of the Queen is highly inappropriate, especially at such a grand occasion.

No meals, only canapes

The Royal Wedding guests are there to be seen, not to be fed. Instead of creating a traditional five-course meal at the Buckingham Palace reception, the chefs will be making 10,000 appetizers, or 15 canapes per guest. The canapes include palace specialties like English sausage rolls, herbed crepes, Cornish pasties, and smoked salmon. These delightful nibbles will be served with wine, champagne, or sparkling lemonade with Epsom salts, another palace specialty.

Kate won’t “obey” Will

You go, Kate! According to news reports, Kate Middleton eliminated the word “obey” from her wedding vows; instead, she will promise to “love, comfort, honor, and keep” her princely husband. The Royal couple decided to leave out “obey” in the wedding vows because after a decade of knowing each other, they treat each other as equals, which is really how all marriages should work.

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