Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

50 best wedding venues

Stapleford Park

This 'elegant and relaxed' country house hotel caters for most requests, from civil ceremonies in its Orangery, or private rooms, to blessings in the estate's church. For Charlie Brear, 'the historic house and stunning grounds offer a truly special location for a wedding'. Round off the celebrations with a reception in the Grand Hall, she advises.

Where Stapleford, Leicestershire, LE14 2EF (01572 787000; www.staplefordpark.com)
Stapleford Park
This 'elegant and relaxed' country house hotel caters for most requests, from civil ceremonies in its Orangery, or private rooms, to blessings in the estate's church. For Charlie Brear, 'the historic house and stunning grounds offer a truly special location for a wedding'. Round off the celebrations with a reception in the Grand Hall, she advises.
Where Stapleford, Leicestershire, LE14 2EF (01572 787000; www.staplefordpark.com)
The Green House
Recommended by Charlie Burton, who says that this 'award-winning boutique hotel lives and breathes sustainability', and is a great choice for a low-impact celebration. The 'stunning eco-chic building' is an ideal backdrop for green couples to say 'I do'. You can even order an organic wedding cake, and toast the happy couple with local sparkling wine.
Where 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3AX (01202 498900; www.thegreenhousehotel.co.uk)
Pentillie Castle and Estate
Described by Charlie Brear as 'magical', at this luxury B&B in Cornwall you can 'say your vows in a bathing hut on the banks of the River Tamar, before wandering through the grounds to the castle for a candlelit reception'. For added romance, 'take a dip in the heated pool within the walled garden before setting off on your honeymoon by boat from the jetty'.
Where Paynters Cross, St Mellion, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6QD (01579 350044; www.pentillie.co.uk)
Old Pines Hotel
If your dream wedding would be cosy rather than all-out glitzy, Charlie Burton suggests this 'small log-cabin style hotel set in ancient woodland' in the Scottish Highlands. It serves 'organic home-cooked food, sometimes from its own garden' and, with its homely ambience and beautiful views, it is 'ideal for intimate weddings or civil partnerships', she says.
Where Spean Bridge, Inverness-shire, PH34 4EG (01397 712324; www.oldpines.co.uk)
St Pancras Renaissance
'Grand yet intimate' is how Charlie Brear sums up London's latest wedding venue. The Ladies Smoking Room is 'a spectacular pre-function area, the main function room combines Victorian splendour and style and the light and elegant first floor room is a fashionable girl's dream choice'. It's a great location to start a European honeymoon from, too, with Eurostar on the doorstep.
Where Euston Road, London, NW1 2QR (020-7841 3540; www.marriott.co.uk)
Chaucer Barn
Part of an 80-acre farm bought by poet Geoffrey Chaucer for his son in the 14th century, this luxury barn conversion is one of Charlie Brear's top picks. It comes with 'stunning views, open fires, five acres of landscaped gardens, nine double bedrooms and a licence for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies'. Better still, 'as a family business, they will give you the individual attention they stake their reputation on'.
Where Chaucer Barn, Holt Road, Gresham, Norfolk, NR11 8RL (01263 577733; www.chaucerbarn.com)
Claridge's
'The chic dame of the London hotel scene, everyone from celebrities to mere mortals flock to Claridge's to swoosh across that chequerboard lobby in their wedding dress,' says Fiona Kerr. 'Lara Stone and David Walliams said ?I do' beneath the ballroom's chandeliers recently.'
Where Brook Street, London, W1K 4HR (020 7629 8860;www.claridges.co.uk)
Babington House
Described by Charlie Brear as 'the perfect setting for a traditional country wedding', albeit with a contemporary twist, Babington has its own chapel, as well as an Orangery for civil ceremonies. 'Vast grounds, numerous spaces for eating and drinking, a Cowshed spa, and 32 bedrooms' make this one of her favourites. 'Wear a 1970s chiffon gown with silk-washed flowers in your hair and go barefoot on the lawn,' she says.
Where Babington, near Frome, Somerset, BA11 3RW (01373 812266; www.babingtonhouse.co.uk)
Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Unless you've been saving up for your big day for some years 'you might need to downsize on the guest list here', warns Fiona. 'But foodies can't beat Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir for a gastronomic start to married life. The food, the gardens, the suites - everything glows with a special brand of perfection.' Andrew Shanahan agrees. 'The staff are among the best trained in Britain,' he says.
Where Church Road, Great Milton, Oxford, OX44 7PD (01844 278881; www.manoir.com)
Burgh Island
This art deco island hotel was 'a favourite with Noël Coward and Agatha Christie and is sure to inject some 1930s glamour into your big day', promises Fiona. 'At low tide you can walk across the sand from the mainland, before you are romantically cut off as the sea rises.' Most wedding parties tend to book the whole place on an exclusive-use basis and stay overnight but, be warned, that children under 12 are not normally allowed (unless they're bridesmaids, page boys or the children of the bride and groom).
Where Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon, TQ7 4BG (01548 810514;www.burghisland.com)
Lake Vyrnwy Hotel
'Built in 1890, this privately owned Victorian country house hotel sits within a 24,000-acre nature reserve,' says Belinda Hanks. Get hitched here and you can have 'one of the most famous picturesque backdrops in Wales' - looking out over the adjacent reservoir, with its fairytale tower, to the Berwyn mountains ? taking a starring role alongside the happy couple in the ensuing wedding album.
Where Llanwddyn, Powys, SY10 0LY (01691 870692; www.lakevyrnwy.com)
Alnwick Castle
'Otherwise known as Hogwarts (it appeared as such in the Harry Potter films), Alnwick is a magically medieval wedding venue,' says Fiona. There are two possibilities for ceremonies within the castle itself - the Guest Hall and the Sanctuary - as well as the Treehouse café in the gardens but the prime spot is neighbouring Hulne Abbey, a largely ruined Carmelite monastery with a small lodge for weddings and plenty of outdoor space for a marquee reception.
Where Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NQ (01665 511100; www.alnwickcastle.com)
Orchardleigh
Your guests will be impressed at this venue, 10 miles south of Bath, says Belinda. 'It's like borrowing a friend's country house.' Within the 550-acre estate is an electricity-free church (services are candlelit), set on an island, or you can hold a civil ceremony within the character-packed main house. If you want to make it an overnight occasion, there are also several bedrooms and holiday cottages on hand.
Where Frome, Somerset, BA11 2PH (01373 472550; www.orchardleigh.net)
Leeds Castle
Both Belinda and Charlie Brear recommend Henry VIII's former stomping ground, though thankfully not his approach to marriage itself. The Kent castle 'rises regally from a picturesque moat and is surrounded by 500 acres of parkland - there really is no venue more traditional', says Charlie. 'From the four-poster beds to the awe-inspiring views across the moat and beautifully designed 1920s art deco marbled bathrooms, the setting will blow you and your guests away.'
Where Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL (01622 765400; www.leeds-castle.com)
Huntstile Organic Farm
'The farmhouse at Huntstile was built in around 1430, when Henry VI was on the throne, and the farm is full of original features,' says Charlie Burton. Now run on organic principles, the farm also functions as 'an individual wedding venue where you can be creative'. Though it doesn't have a licence, couples can have a humanist ceremony here after a register office wedding, hold hand-fastings at the farm's stone circle or arrange for guests to be taken to the local church and back on a specially decorated tractor trailer. Afterwards, the farm can provide food, barn dances, accommodation and more.
Where Goathurst, Nr Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 2DQ (01278 662358; www.huntstileorganicfarm.co.uk)
Tuddenham Mill
If you're looking for minimalism with a dose of history, Fiona recommends this ancient water mill in Suffolk. 'It retains many of its original features - including the huge cast-iron water wheel, now strikingly lit behind a glass wall - and overlooks the old millpond, surrounded by idyllic countryside.'
Where High Street, Tuddenham, Nr Newmarket, Suffolk, IP28 6SQ (01638 713552; www.tuddenhammill.co.uk)
Bolton Castle
One of the most majestic buildings in the Yorkshire Dales, this historic venue (famous as the holding ground of Mary Queen of Scots on her way from Scotland to Tutbury) has long been a popular choice for wedding receptions and, more recently, for civil ceremonies. Those looking for something a little different on their special day are in luck. A new diversification scheme has seen the castle's heir, Tom Orde-Powlett, training owls to fly wedding rings down the aisle to waiting brides and grooms.
Where Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4ET (01969 623981; www.boltoncastle.co.uk)
Chatsworth House
Set in 1,000 acres of parkland, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire 'epitomises quality and elegance', says Belinda. Never mind the ceremony, or reception, which could take place either in the former stables or out at Heathy Lea, a listed building in the northeast of the estate, the high points here are 'the spectacular gardens - couples can have exclusive use of the rose garden for their photographs - and award-winning accommodation'.
Where Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire,
Belvoir Castle This hill-top castle, in rural Leicestershire, is 'quite the most romantic place for a memorable day', promises Belinda. The castle itself is gloriously theatrical, 'with turrets, castellation, towers, flags ? and a magnificence and grandeur that is hard to emulate'. Couples can marry there, or in a marquee by the castle's lake if they're catering for larger parties.
Where Grantham, Leicestershire, NG32 1PE (01476 871002; www.belvoircastle.com)
Highclere Castle Fans of the ITV drama Downton Abbey may have been left wondering whether Lady Mary would wed Matthew Crawley but more definitive marriages happen all the time at Highclere Castle, where the series was filmed. Civil ceremonies can be arranged in the saloon, with its spectacular vaulted ceiling, but several of the castle's state rooms can be brought into play for drinks receptions, photographs or full-blown wedding dinners.
Where Highclere Park, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9RN (01635 253210; www.highclerecastle.co.uk)
House for an Art Lover
Boasting a city-centre location, but with a parkland setting, House for an Art Lover was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh but only built after his death. If you're after a Scottish wedding but without the tartan twee, this could be the place. Unlike the gaudy Mackintosh tea towels and trinkets that scar the great architect's legacy, this building, in his home city, is a model in airy, elegant glamour.
Where Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, Glasgow, G41 5BW (0141-353 4770; www.houseforanartlover.co.uk)
Ashmolean Museum
One of Oxford's most iconic buildings, and the world's first university museum, the Ashmolean underwent an extensive renovation in 2009. The closest you can get to tying the knot in a 17th-century palazzo this side of Venice, the museum's Mallett Gallery now provides an ideal setting for both nerdy, and less nerdy, nuptials. The gallery is licensed for civil ceremonies so you can get hitched here, beneath antique chandeliers and Old Master paintings, before moving on to the atrium for your reception.
Where Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH (01865 610406; www.ashmolean.org)
Royal Pavilion
For Charlie Brear, first impressions count, 'and Brighton's Royal Pavilion is an incredibly striking building'. This famous seaside venue, with its opulent chinoiserie interiors, was built for George IV in the 19th century and is now open to the public as a visitor attraction. 'Weddings take place in the red drawing room, with its eye-catching red dragon wallpaper and palm tree pillars,' says Charlie. 'In fine summer weather, make use of the truly special Regency gardens.'
Where Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE (03000 290900; www.brightonhove- rpml.org.uk)
Pinewood Studios
Described by Charlie Brear as 'a dramatic venue for a civil partnership ceremony and celebration', the world-famous film studios are set amid 'beautiful, sculptured gardens in which you can act out your favourite wedding film scene. Civil ceremonies are held in the newly decorated Hitchcock Room and receptions in the stunning oak-panelled ballroom - perfect for a show-off first dance', she adds.
Where Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, SL0 0NH (01753 656744; www.couturepinewood.com)
Broomhill
Can't decide between hotel or a stately home, indoors or out? Charlie Burton recommends this catch-all venue for the undecided. 'A contemporary art gallery, sculpture park, hotel and restaurant, set in a glorious Devon valley, it's available for civil weddings, commitment ceremonies and vow renewals,' she says. It's also green, focusing on serving organic, locally sourced food.
Where Muddiford Road, Barnstaple, EX31 4EX (01271 850262; www.broomhillart.co. uk)
Manchester Art Gallery
'Victorian architecture sits alongside a contemporary glass atrium at Manchester Art Gallery, giving this historic venue an urban feel,' says Fiona. If you book a wedding here you'll get the gallery to yourselves for the day, 'so you can treat your guests to a private view of the Pre-Raphaelite collection while they toast you with champagne', she adds.
Where Mosley Street, Manchester, M23JL (0161-235 8888; www.manchestergalleries.org)
Lost Village of Dode
'This magical place, deep in a hidden valley, has a unique marriage room for intimate weddings of up to 45,' says Charlie Burton. A single building, constructed in 1100 as a place of worship for locals, it's now all that's left of the former village of Dode, which was wiped out by the Black Death in 1349. Within this 'place of myth and legend' couples can conduct a ceremony among wild flowers, on a floor lined with hay. 'Delicious feasts can also be provided, including spit-roast hogs,' she adds.
Where Dode, Great Buckland, Kent, DA13 0XF (01622 734205; www.dodevillage. com)
Notley Abbey
For Belinda, this venue promises an appealing mix of 'historic splendour and 21st-century style'. A 'sublime, five-star wedding destination' civil ceremonies are usually conducted in the grand stone banqueting hall at its heart but 'it's licensed for outdoors as well'.
Where Aylesbury Road, Haddenham, HP17 8TN (0845 130 9966; www.bijouweddingvenues.co.uk)
Wroxall Abbey
'Modern couples will really love the luxury of this venue, along with its historic character,' promises Belinda. Once the country seat of Sir Christopher Wren, it makes a 'distinctive wedding destination for romantic civil ceremonies, with a choice of settings, styles and budgets'.
Where Birmingham Road, Wroxall, Warwickshire, CV35 7NB (01926 484470; www.wroxall.com)
Òran Mór
This is a Glasgow institution. Built as a church but now an arts centre, bar and live music space its glass-ceilinged auditorium is 'a stunning space that gives an alternative meaning to the idea of a 'church wedding'', according to Fiona.
Where Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX (0141-357 6200; www.oran-mor.co.uk)
Fountains Abbey
One of the most visited National Trust properties in Yorkshire, this ruined Cistercian monastery includes the largest abbey ruins in the country, and one of England's most impressive Georgian water gardens, Studley Royal. The 'magical' abbey ruins, along with 800 acres of deer park, are 'just crying out for a photo opp', says Fiona.
Where Fountains, Ripon, Yorkshire, HG4 3DY (01765 608888; www.nationaltrust.org.uk)
Painswick Rococo Garden
Restored in the 1970s, from what the owners described as having become a 'jungle', these Cotswolds gardens have been recreated along the lines of a plan shown in an 18th-century painting. With a maze, a kitchen garden (and a restaurant serving dishes made with produce from it) and expert planting, there's plenty here to attract green-fingered couples. Locations for civil ceremonies include the tiny eagle house, a gingerbread- style red house and the orangery.
Where Painswick, Gloucestershire, GL6 6TH (01452 813204; www.rococogarden.org.uk)
Bournemouth Beach
Unlike in Scotland, it hasn't previously been possible to get married on an English or Welsh beach. There is a glimmer of hope for anyone wanting to say their vows on the sand further south, however. Bournemouth council is hoping its beach will be licensed for weddings (albeit courtesy of a small beach hut) later this summer.
Where Bournemouth Seafront, (www.bournemouth.co.uk)
Amberley Castle
'Located in sycamore trees and reached by means of a rope bridge', the aptly named Mistletoe Lodge, in the grounds of Amberley Castle, isn't the most accessible wedding venue, says Andrew, but 'there's something a bit magical about getting married in a treehouse'. This lofty perch has just been licensed for weddings this year. 'You get a bonus point if you can make the whole thing Hobbit-themed,' he adds.
Where Near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT (01798 831992; www.amberleycastle.co.uk)
The Roof Gardens
Described by Fiona as a '1.5-acre tropical paradise high above the heart of London', the Roof Gardens come complete with four resident flamingos, tropical plants and a stream. Once you're up there it's hard to imagine you're not on someone's lavish tropical lawn (except for the English church spires and rooftops right on your eyeline). It's a great way to 'combine the glorious outdoors with a cool city wedding', she says.
Where 99 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA (020-7368 3971; www.roofgardens.virgin.com)
The Woodland Shelter
A registered wedding venue set 'deep within private woodlands in the rolling Devon countryside', for Charlie Burton the Woodland Shelter is ideal for couples who want to put a more eco-friendly spin on their nuptials, or who simply 'want to get married in a woodland setting'.
Where For more information call 01453 762790 or visit www.valleyforestry.co.uk
Cornish Tipi Weddings
A truly flexible feast, this wood, willow and canvas pavilion is described by Charlie Burton as an 'inspirational wedding venue where your dreams of an outdoor wedding can come true'. The pavilion is set by a brook, under a canopy of oak and ash trees and you can follow the wedding ceremony with a bunting-laced vintage tea party, a woodland picnic where musicians on fiddle and flute play you past banks of foxglove and wild rose or a Bollywood-style shindig, bedecked with hot pinks, saffron, low seating and glittering saris.
Where Tregeare, Pendoggett, St Kew, Cornwall, PL30 3LW (01208 880781; www.cornishtipiweddings.co.uk)
Kilver Court Gardens
One of the latest diversions for Mulberry founder-turned-organic farmer Roger Saul, Kilver Court boasts shops, gardens, cafés and a natural health centre. 'The former mill has also been transformed into a fashionable wedding venue,' says Fiona. 'Think waterfalls, extensive lawns, a millpond, secret corners and an impressive Grade II listed viaduct.' The most picturesque spot for a wedding? 'The intimate Dovecote, which seats just six, though more can watch from the lawn outside' Where Kilver Street, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5NF (01749 340410; www.kilvercourt.com)
Knoydart House
This chic self-catering property has recently been built by the couple behind the Old Forge - famously the most remote pub in mainland Britain and only two minutes' walk away. With five bedrooms, there's plenty of space for your closest family and friends to share your special occasion (there's also a bunkhouse and B&Bs galore nearby). And, when you've said your vows on the terrace, framed by Scots pine and a wide-angle view of water and hills, you can follow it up with a wild and wanton ceilidh in the pub.
Where Inverie, Knoydart, by Mallaig, PH41 4PL (01687 460012; www.knoydarthouse.co.uk
Gants Mill & Garden
At this 'romantic venue, set in a secluded 50-acre river valley, among idyllic gardens', couples can 'walk beneath arches of roses and clematis before getting married in an oak gazebo', says Charlie Burton. Better still, 'you can choose your own caterers and there's no corkage charge'.
Where Bruton Somerset, BA10 0DB (07854-166624; www.gantsmill.co.uk)
Highland Safaris
Forget spotting the big five. On a wedding safari through the hills of Perthshire, it's just your other half you need to worry about. Exchange vows in the outdoors, overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland, and then enjoy being piped into a marquee for champagne and canapés before sitting down to a wedding buffet featuring such local specialities as fresh smoked salmon, venison, beef and salads. If you want to carry on the party, the company will help arrange a ceilidh in a local village hall.
Where Aberfeldy, Perthshire, PH15 2JQ (01887 820071; www.highlandsafaris. net)
HMS Warrior
This Portsmouth vessel is 'such an incredible-looking venue, even before you get to the ship's history (it was once the largest warship of its time), it's just hands-down impressive', says Andrew. 'The only downside is the fact that the phrase 'poop-deck' will inevitably appear in the best man's speech.' If you're looking for a shipshape service, Belinda also recommends the SS Great Britain. 'Now moored in Bristol Harbour, it was the world's first luxury liner. You can take your vows on the promenade deck before sitting down to a wedding breakfast in the sumptuous first-class dining saloon.'
Where HMSWarrior (023 9277 8600; www.hmswarrior.org), SS Great Britain (0117-926 0680; www.ssgreatbritain.org)
The Banqueting House
For Charlie Brear, the 'magnificent ceiling and huge scale of the Main Hall makes an unforgettable location for a grand wedding, while the Undercroft, a beautiful vaulted space, can be used as an atmospheric reception area or as a more intimate venue'. Book quickly, though.'Its central location on Whitehall makes it one of London's most sought-after venues,' she warns.
Where Banqueting House, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ER (020 3166 6152; www.hrp.org.uk/banquetinghouse)
Chelsea Register Office
This has a special place in Charlie Brear's heart, as it's where she married husband Jamie in 2006. 'The world-famous venue is situated on the King's Road and is still one of the hippest places to get married.' All rooms here promise old-school luxury. 'I wore an original 1960s dress that was one of the first pieces I sourced when setting up my company: classic, understated and low key,' she adds.
Where Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road, London SW3 (020-7361 4100; www.rbkc.gov.uk)
The Eden Project
If you're dreaming of tropical climes but want all your friends and family around you, Belinda suggests Cornwall's Eden Project. 'It is now possible to get married in one of its Biomes, with a choice of either a lush jungle setting or an aromatic Mediterranean backdrop.' If that doesn't sound like enough fun, they'll even let you get married on ice skates in the winter months.
Where Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG (01726 811900; www.edenproject.com)
The EDF Energy London Eye
There may well be trouble if you're not feeling sky high on your wedding day but now you can ensure your guests feel the same way too by holding your wedding 135 metres above London. The ceremony itself is performed in a private capsule at the top of the wheel while the signing of the register - and the first of the champagne corks are popped - as you start to come back down to earth.
Where Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB (0871 222 4002; www.londoneye.com)
Café Barge
'Hold your wedding on this delightful Dutch barge, moored in Tarbet Harbour on Loch Fyne,' proposes Charlie Burton. 'There's an outside deck area and the food and drink are organic and sustainable, with lots of locally caught seafood.'
Where Tarbert, Loch Fyne, Argyll, PA29 6UD (07949 723128; www.cafebarge.co.uk)
Lord's
It may normally be the bride who wears white but this August it could well be the groom, when the famous cricket ground welcomes its first wedding to the hallowed stadium. Very recently licensed for weddings, the venue is set to become as popular among cricket lovers as football pitches have become with football fans over the past few years. Besides, there aren't many wedding packages that include two free tickets to a Test match.
Where Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord's Ground, London, NW8 8QN (020-7616 8501; www.lords.org)
Tutbury Castle
'Haunted venues are ten a penny these days, but Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire raised the stakes last year by offering midnight weddings,' says Andrew. The weddings are 'lit by torches, and set against the ruins of the Norman Castle, but there's no guarantee that their famous roster of ghosts will show ? another Plus One wasted?'
Where Tutbury Castle, Castle Street, Tutbury, Staffordshire, DE13 9JF (01283 812129; www.tutburycastle.com)
Whipsnade Zoo

Want to start life two by two, as you mean to go on? 'Nowadays you can get married in most large zoos,' says Belinda, 'but at Whipsnade all the profits go directly into global animal conservation. Ceremonies are held in stylish suites that break out onto elegantly maintained lawns and terraces. Photographs with animals can be arranged and a vintage steam train, or safari bus, can whisk your wedding guests off on a tour of the park.'

Where Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LF ( 01582 872171 - www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo)
Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge prepare to begin their journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state.
Prince William his bride Kate leave Westminster Abbey, London, as man and wife after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Prince William and his new bride Kate walk leave Westminster Abbey, London, following their marriage, followed by Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge prepare to begin their journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smile following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smile following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge prepare to begin their journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton (R) arrives with her father Michael Middleton (L) at Westminster Abbey ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Suzanne Plunkett - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 29: Tokyo expats watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton live on TV in the Hobgoblin British Pub in Shibuya on April 29, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. The wedding of Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton will be celebrated at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 29: Tokyo expats watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton live on TV in the Hobgoblin British Pub in Shibuya on April 29, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. The wedding of Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton will be celebrated at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 29: Tokyo expats watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton live on TV in the Hobgoblin British Pub in Shibuya on April 29, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. The wedding of Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton will be celebrated at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Michael Middleton and Carole Middleton ride in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the marriage of Their Royal Highnesses Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Sister of the Bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton and bridesmaid Margarita Armstrong-Jones make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the Royal Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Princess Beatrice (L) of York and Princess Eugenie of York make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the Royal Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the Abbey before making the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the Abbey before making the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William sings beside his bride Catherine Middleton and her father Michael Middleton on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William stands beside his bride Catherine Middleton as her father Michael Middleton helps her with her veil on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: James Middleton, brother of the bride and Carole Middleton, mother of the bride speak to Dean of Westminster John Hall before the wedding at Westminster Abbey ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Suzanne Plunkett - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Pageboys and bridemaids arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: The car carrying Catherine Middleton travels to Westminster Abbey for her Royal Wedding to Prince William, on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
YARDLEY HASTINGS, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29 : Residents of Yardley Hastings Vera White, aged 82, and Raymond White, aged 85, and married for 62 years, enjoy a champagne breakfast as they prepare to celebrate the royal wedding on April 29, 2011 in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: The top hat of Michael Middleton fallen to the ground as he steps out of the car to attend the Royal Wedding of his daughter Catherine Middleton to Prince William of Wales at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William and Catherine Middleton during their wedding service in Westminster Abbey ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William exchanges rings with his bride Catherine Middleton in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams inside Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William stands deside his bride Catherine Middleton with her father Michael Middleton on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton waves as she arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of her wedding with Prince William. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Kate Middleton arrives with her father Michael Middleton to join Prince William and Prince Harry in Westminster Abbey, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Prince William and Kate Middleton with her father Michael Middleton at Westminster Abbey, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Guests stand for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey in London, where Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry later today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey for her wedding to Prince William. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton waves as she arrives for the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sister of the bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton holds hands with Grace Van Cutsem and Eliza Lopes as they arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton drives in a car on her way to Westminster Abbey to wed Prince William on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William speaks to his bride, Catherine Middleton as she holds the hand of her father Michael Middleton on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Guests stand for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey in London, where Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry later today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Marysia Denyer is pictured during a Royal wedding breakfast at St Salvator's Quadrangle in St Andrews, Scotland, the town in which Prince William and Kate Middleton met. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA Story: WEDDING StAndrews Breakfast. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Laura Wette is pictured during a Royal wedding breakfast at St Salvator's Quadrangle in St Andrews, Scotland, the town in which Prince William and Kate Middleton met. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA Story: WEDDING StAndrews Breakfast. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Guests pictured during a Royal wedding breakfast at St Salvator's Quadrangle in St Andrews, Scotland, the town in which Prince William and Kate Middleton met. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA Story: WEDDING StAndrews Breakfast. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Prince William arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of his wedding to Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Prince William arrives at the entrance to Westminster Abbey ahead of his wedding to Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Prince William arrives at Westminster Abbey, London, before his marriage to Kate Middleton
Page boys and bridesmaids arrive at Westminster Abbey, London, escorted by Pippa Middleton before her sister, Kate's, marriage to Prince William. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Ducklings have ribbons tied around their necks for the big duck race on Chapel Row village green, the home village of Kate Middleton, near Bucklebury. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, wife of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Labour leader Ed Miliband arriving at Westminster Abbey ahead of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Samantha, wife of Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, wife of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Carole Middleton arriving at Westminster Abbey, London, ahead of her daughter Kate Middleton's marriage to Prince William. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Guests. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall (centre) arrive at Westminster Abbey, London, ahead of the royal wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Guests. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Princess Beatrice arrives at Westminster Abbey, London, ahead of the royal wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Guests. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall (left) greets Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh (right, obscured) as they arrive at Westminster Abbey, London, ahead of the royal wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Guests. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Westminster Abbey ahead of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Royal supporters wait along the processional route on the day of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Damien Meyer/PA Wire
Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha Cameron in Westminster Abbey in London, where Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry later today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall (L), Dean of Westminster as they arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene Wittstock arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton leaves the Goring Hotel to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sophie Winkleman, Lady Frederick Windsor arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are greeted by The Right Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster as they arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton and her father Michael Middleton travel past Buckingham Palace as they make their way to the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton and her father Michael Middleton travel past Buckingham Palace as they make their way to the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (L) arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
On the day of Prince William and Kate Middletons Royal Wedding in England, Rhona Fitzpatrick from Boodles Jewellers, Grafton Street, Dublin, wears a very special 21 carat deep sparkling blue sapphire from Madagascar. Surrounded by white diamonds and mounted in platinum, this ring has a price tag of 225,000. Kate Middletons sapphire engagement ring, which is similar in look, is 18 carats with diamonds mounted in white gold with an estimated retail value of 200,000. Photos by Paul Sherwoodpaul@sherwood.iewww.sherwood.ie00 353 87 230 9096Copyright 2011
On the day of Prince William and Kate Middletons Royal Wedding in England, Rhona Fitzpatrick from Boodles Jewellers, Grafton Street, Dublin, wears a very special 21 carat deep sparkling blue sapphire from Madagascar. Surrounded by white diamonds and mounted in platinum, this ring has a price tag of 225,000. Kate Middletons sapphire engagement ring, which is similar in look, is 18 carats with diamonds mounted in white gold with an estimated retail value of 200,000. Photos by Paul Sherwoodpaul@sherwood.iewww.sherwood.ie00 353 87 230 9096Copyright 2011
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince Harry of Wales arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William (L) waves to the crowd as he arrives with Prince Harry for the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: An officer (C) speaks to Prince William (L) as he arrives with Prince Harry (R) for the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: An officer (L) speaks to Prince William (R) as he arrives for the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William of Wales arrives to attend his Royal Wedding to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: (L-R) Queen Sofia of Spain, Prince Felipe of Spain and Princess Letizia of Spain arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William (L) waves to the crowd as he arrives with Prince Harry for the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A general view of Prince William of Wales (C) with his brother Prince Harry of Wales (R) and The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster as they arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Katharine, Duchess of Kent (L) and Princess Michael of Kent travel past Buckingham Palace on their way to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene Wittstock arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Mother of the bride Carole Middleton arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Mother of the bride Carole Middleton arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Mother of the bride Carole Middleton arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: The media assemble on the Queen Victoria Memorial facing Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Chris Ison - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (R) and Frances Osborne (3rd L) arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Two girls dressed as a Guard and a Beefeater pose for the camera in Hyde Park as they wait to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sir Elton John arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Suzanne Plunkett - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
YARDLEY HASTINGS, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29 : Brian Abbott aged 77 enjoys his champagne breakfast in the village hall as they prepare to celebrate the marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
YARDLEY HASTINGS, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29 : Debbie Smith and Brian Robson enjoy a champagne breakfast in the village hall as they prepare to celebrate the marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William waves to the crowd as he arrives with Prince Harry for the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sir Elton John arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Suzanne Plunkett - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William of Wales (L) with his brother Prince Harry of Wales arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
YARDLEY HASTINGS, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29 : Residents of Yardley Hasting Northamptonshire enjoy a champagne breakfast in the village hall as they prepare to celebrate the marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A women wearing a Wedding Cake hat poses for the camera in Hyde Park as she waits to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Royal fans wearing a Kate Middleton mask, right, a Prince William mask, 2nd right, and a Queen Elizabeth mask ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Max Nash - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A girl has her face painted in Hyde Park where big screens have been set up to watch the wedding ceremony on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Earl Spencer arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Guests take their seats in Westminster Abbey ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Former Prime Minister Sir John Major and his wife, Norma are shown to their seats in Westminster Abbey ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Two girls dressed as brides with a guy wearing a Union Jack Skirt pose for the camera in Hyde Park as they wait to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Guests take their seats in Westminster Abbey ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Ceremonial guards perform along the Mall ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: British Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha Cameron arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
YARDLEY HASTINGS, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29 : Brian Abbott, 77, eats his breakfast in the village hall as they prepare to celebrate the marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Catherine Middleton waves to the crowds as she arrives at The Goring Hotel after visiting Westminster Abbey on April 28, 2011 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A general view of priests prior to the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A general view of priests prior to the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators react to a passing marching band as they wait for the arrival of Prince William and Catherine Middleton along the procession route near Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Earl Charles Spencer arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators react to a passing marching band as they wait for the arrival of Prince William and Catherine Middleton along the procession route near Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Someone carries a painting of Prince William and Catherine Middleton behind spectators along the procession route near Westminster Abbey on the day of the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: The Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Marina Johnson (R) arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators on a balcony watch a passing marching band as they wait for the arrival of Prince William and Catherine Middleton along the procession route near Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Guests in Westminster Abbey in London where Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry later today.
A royal enthusiast outside Westminster Abbey, London, on the morning of the royal wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Melanie Howells (right), 28, and Sarah Hamilton, 27, both from Reading, Berkshire, outside The Goring hotel waiting the departure of Kate Middleton for her wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Lauren Turner/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators wait for the arrival of Prince William and Catherine Middleton along the procession route near Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: The Right Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster holds the Order of Service before Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators pose for pictures at Hyde Park Corner where big screens have been set up to watch the wedding ceremony on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators dressed as brides pose for picture on the grass at Hyde Park Corner where big screens have been setup to watch the wedding ceremony on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
Victoria and David Beckham
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Guy Ritchie (R) arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators pose for pictures on the grass at Hyde Park Corner where big screens have been set up to watch the wedding ceremony on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: David and Victoria Beckham arrive with other guests in Westminster Abbey ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators walk towards Hyde Park where big screens have been set up to watch the wedding ceremony on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (L) arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators react to a passing marching band as they wait for the arrival of Prince William and Catherine Middleton along the procession route near Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Jordan Lee from Jackson Mississippi emerges from a temporary lavatory after spending the night along the Royal Wedding route in London Friday, April, 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel)
NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 28: The commemorative figurines depicting the royal marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton created by the artisan Genny Di Virgilio at San Gregorio Armeno on April 28, 2011 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 28: The commemorative figurines depicting the royal marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton created by the artisan Genny Di Virgilio at San Gregorio Armeno on April 28, 2011 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A woman applies make-up pior to the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A man wears a Union Jack on his nose prior to the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A well wisher with a painted face smiles ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Forget the royal wedding and Westminster Abbey. From romantic woodland retreats to chic city hotels, Rhiannon Batten presents the top spots to tie the knot

The panel:

Andrew Shanahan is editor of ‘Staggered’, the men’s wedding website ( www.iamstaggered.com);

Belinda Hanks is editor of wedding planning website Confetti ( www.confetti.co.uk);

Charlie Burton is director of the Natural Wedding Company ( www.thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk);

Fiona Kerr edits ‘Brides’ magazine’s annual “100 Top Venues Guide” ( www.bridesmagazine.co.uk);

Charlie Brear runs the Vintage Wedding Dress Company ( www.thevintageweddingdresscompany. com).

Prices vary according to your requirments, please contact venues for further information.

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