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Sunday 28 December 2014

Nauseating Royal wedding frenzy an embarrassment to us all

The bride and groom Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose for an official photo with left to right): Miss Grace van Cutsem, Miss Eliza Lopes, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HM The Queen, The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Lady Louise Windsor, Master William Lowther-Pinkerton. Back Row (left to right): Master Tom Pettifer, HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Harry of Wales, Mr Michael Middleton, Mrs Michael Middleton, Mr James Middleton, Miss Philippa Middleton, in the throne room at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011in London, England.
The bride and groom Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose for an official photo with left to right): Miss Grace van Cutsem, Miss Eliza Lopes, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HM The Queen, The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Lady Louise Windsor, Master William Lowther-Pinkerton. Back Row (left to right): Master Tom Pettifer, HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Harry of Wales, Mr Michael Middleton, Mrs Michael Middleton, Mr James Middleton, Miss Philippa Middleton, in the throne room at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Well wishers with flags surge along the Mall towards Buckingham Palace to celebrate 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 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)
Handout photo issued by Clarence House of The Bride and Groom in the throne room at Buckingham Palace, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the centre with attendants, (clockwise from bottom right) The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Miss Eliza Lopes, Miss Grace van Cutsem, Lady Louise Windsor, Master Tom Pettifer, Master William Lowther-Pinkerton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Hugo Burnand/Clarence House/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. NO MERCHANDISE OR COMMERCIAL USE
LONDON - APRIL 29: In this handout photo, issued by Clarence House, the bride and groom Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose for an official photo in the throne room at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011in London, England. The marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton 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 Hugo Burnand/Clarence House - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace 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 Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave Buckingham Palace 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 Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who has been given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey.
Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England
Prince William drives himself and his wife Kate as they leave Buckingham Palace for Clarence House. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Prince William drives himself and his wife Kate as they leave Buckingham Palace for Clarence House. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge drive from Buckingham Palace to Clarence House in an old convertible that had "Just Wed" written on its rear licence plate following their wedding 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 Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who has been given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, wave to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge greet well-wishers from the balcony at Buckingham Palace 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 Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Members of the Household Cavalry mounted regiment travel along the Processional Route to Buckingham Palace, in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read: Damien Meyer/PA Wire
Prince William and his new wife Kate travel in the 1902 State Landau carriage along the Processional Route to Buckingham Palace, in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read: Damien Meyer/PA Wire
Pippa Middleton joins the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony between Prince William and his new bride Kate.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA Story: WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read:John Giles/PA Wire
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who has been given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at Buckingham Palace, London, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
NOTE ALTERNATE CROPPrince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who has been given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, leave Westminster Abbey, London following their wedding, to make their way to their wedding reception at Buckingham Palace. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Prince William and his bride Kate make their way down The Mall in London in the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Prince William and his bride Kate make their way down The Mall in London in the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Prince William and his bride Kate make their way down The Mall in London in the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Prince William and his bride Kate make their way down The Mall in London in the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Prince William and his bride Kate make their way down The Mall in London in the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Prince William and his bride Kate make their way down The Mall in London in the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Prince William and his bride Kate travel down The Mall after being married at Westminster Abbey in central London.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA Story: WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read:Yui Mok/PA Wire
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29: Members of the public watch the Royal Wedding on the big screen on April 29, 2011 in Manchester, 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 Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A spectators celebrates 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: TRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the marriage 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 Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sister of the Bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton and bridesmaid Margarita Armstrong-Jones 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 Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 29th April 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/PresseyeA mother and daughter in their crown and veils along with families around the country watch the Royal Wedding as Prince William and Catherine Middleton get married at Westminster Abbey.
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye 29th April 2011Street Parties held for the Royal Wedding in East Belfast Cregah Estate 5 week old Sebastian Vannon with his t-shirt that reads "Mummys handsome little Prince"©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye 29th April 2011Street Parties held for the Royal Wedding in East Belfast Cregah Estate Alison Russell and Cathy Foster©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye 29th April 2011Street Parties held for the Royal Wedding in East Belfast Cregah Estate 5 Year old Courtney Graham©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
Guests inside Westminster Abbey, London, before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Royal supporters wave British Union Jack flags along the processional route on the day of the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Catherine 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 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 Damien Meyer - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A Royal Wedding window display inside an Agent Provocateur shop 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 Adrian Murrell/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Well wishers 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 Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A general view of a royal wedding themed window display at Agent Provocateur in Pont Street, Chelsea 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 Adrian Murrell/Getty Images)
Diana
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Staff dress the balcony at Buckingham Palace 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 John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: ITN journalist Mark Austin 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 Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Armed Police officers with the crowds in Parliament Square 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 John Giles - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Commuters walk past a newsagent on the day of The Royal Wedding at Circular Quay on April 29, 2011 in Sydney, Australia
Sheikh Ahmad Hmoud Al-Sabah of Kuwait attends a gala pre-wedding dinner held at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on April 28, 2011
A local holds a commemorative coin produced for The Royal Wedding at Circular Quay on April 29, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. Australians will enjoy the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton as it is beamed live across the country on Friday evening local time.
Guests attend a gala pre-wedding dinner held at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on April 28, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Major Sydney newspapers front pages displaying the day of the Royal Wedding at a newsagency on April 29, 2011 in Sydney, Australia

Okay, let's cut a deal here. If Britain can afford to spend tens of millions of pounds on the royal wedding, we have to spend an equal amount distributing anti-nausea pills across the land – to all of us who can't bear to see our country embarrass itself in this way.

Don't let the Gawd-bless-you-ever-so-'umbly-yer-Majesty tone of the media coverage fool you. Most British people are benignly indifferent to the wedding of William Windsor and Kate Middleton. The 20 percent of us who are republicans, like me, have it slightly worse. We will suffer that face-flushing, stomach-shriveling embarrassment that strikes when somebody you love – your country – starts to behave in a deeply weird way in a public place.



Of course, when two people get married, it's a sweet sight. Nobody objects to that part. On the contrary: republicans are the only people who would let William Windsor and Kate Middleton have the private, personal wedding they clearly crave, instead of turning them into stressed-out, emptied-out marionettes of monarchy that are about to jerk across the stage. We object not to a wedding, but to the orgy of deference, snobbery, and worship for the hereditary principle that will take place before, during and after it.

In most countries, parents can tell their kids that if they work hard and do everything right, they could grow up to be the head of state and symbol of their nation. Not us. Our head of state is decided by one factor, and one factor alone: did he pass through the womb of one aristocratic Windsor woman living in a golden palace? The US head of state grew up with a mother on food stamps. The British head of state grew up with a mother on postage stamps. Is that a contrast that fills you with pride?



No, it's not the biggest problem we have. But it does have a subtly deforming effect on Britain's character that the ultimate symbol of our country, our sovereign, is picked on the most snobbish criteria of all: darling, do you know who his father was? Kids in Britain grow up knowing that we all bow and curtsy in front of a person simply because of their unearned, uninteresting bloodline. This snobbery subtly soaks out through the society, tweaking us to be deferential to unearned and talentless wealth, simply because it's there.



We live with a weird cognitive dissonance in Britain. We are always saying we should be a meritocracy, but we shriek in horror at the idea that we should pick our head of state on merit. Earlier this month, David Cameron lamented that too many people in Britain get ahead because of who their parents are. A few minutes later, without missing a beat, he praised the monarchy as the best of British. Nobody laughed. Most monarchists try to get around this dissonance by creating – through sheer force of will – the illusion that the Windsor family really is steeped in merit, and better than the rest of us. This is a theory that falls apart the moment you actually hear Charles Windsor speak.

The claims then drift even further from reality. We are told that the Windsor family is great for tourism. In fact, of the top 20 tourist attractions in Britain, only one is related to the monarchy – Windsor Castle, at number 17. Ten places ahead is Windsor Legoland. So using that logic, we should make a Lego man our head of state.



Then we are told the monarchy is a "great defender of democracy". As a logical proposition, this is almost self-refuting: to protect our democracy, we must refuse to democratically choose our head of state. But more importantly, for people who talk a lot about "respecting" our history, it is startlingly historically illiterate. The last monarch but one – Edward VIII – literally conspired with Adolf Hitler to run this country as a Nazi colony. It's only pure luck that he happened to have fallen in love with an American divorcee and had already quit the throne. That's the point about monarchy: you get whatever happens to squelch out of the royal womb. It might be a democrat, or it might – as it was two monarchs ago – be a vain and vicious enemy of democracy. To suggest it will dependably and always be one or the other is daft.



We have also invented a strange series of mental tics to protect the monarchy. Mention a republic and lots of people give the Pavlovian snap-back: "Hah! So you want President Thatcher do you? President Blair?" There is an odd assumption behind this. Did the presence of a hereditary monarch stop Thatcher or Blair doing anything they wanted to do? No. Nothing. Did it even stop them acquiring regal airs? No. Obviously not. This is simply an instinctive spasm of deference - don’t trust us with picking the leaders! Make sure there’s an aristocrat watching over us, stopping us getting funny ideas! How have these notions lingered in our national DNA for so long?



Deep down, the impulse to choose our head of state trumps our aristo-deference. A YouGov poll last year found that 64 per cent of British people want William and Kate to be next in line for the throne, ditching Charles entirely. So, my fellow Brits, let's think about this. By a clear majority, you want to set aside the hereditary principle, and choose our next head of state. I agree. There's a word for that: republicanism. If you wanted to elect William Windsor as our President, fine. That's a democratic decision, not a monarchical one.



There's going to be an attempt over the next fortnight to paint republicans as the Grinch, trying to ruin the "big day" for William and Kate out of a cocktail of kill-joy curmudgeonry and mean-spiritedness. The opposite is the truth.



The monarchist spin-machine, the tabloids and the tea-towel industry have created a pair of fictitious characters for us to cheer, while the real people behind them are being tormented by their supposed admirers. Think back to the 1981 royal wedding and you realise how little we know about these people we are supposed to get moist and weepy over. While millions wept at the "fairytale wedding", Diana was ramming her fingers down her throat, Charles was cursing that he didn't love her, and they both stood at the aisle raging against their situation and everyone around them, while the nation cheered.



Similarly, from beneath the spin, the evidence is pretty clear that William and Kate will be smiling at us through gritted teeth. We now know from several impeccable sources that for a long time as a young man, William raged against the monarchy and wanted no part of it. He once screamed at photographers: "Why won't you just let me be a normal person?" Alistair Campbell's diaries show that William is "consumed by a total hatred of the media", who he believes – pretty accurately – ruined his mother's life and contributed to her death.



This hasn't faded: he jibed in his most recent interview that he always aims to "outfox the media". But he knows the monarchy today is a rolling media road-show selling nothing but itself. That's why, in her last interview with the BBC's Jennie Bond, Diana said William had told her longingly that she was "very lucky to be able to give up your HRH" – her royal status. Republicans want to set this couple free to have good, happy lives in the Republic of Britain – which they would clearly take as a blessed relief.



When we republicans object to the hollow pantomime, we are not being negative or nasty. We are proposing a positive vision. Britain is full of amazing and inspiring people – so many that if we were to choose a ceremonial president, as they do in Ireland, we would be spoiled for choice. I can't think of anything more patriotic, and more deserving of a tumult of Union Jacks waving at a thousand street parties, than the belief that every child in Britain should grow up knowing that one day, if they do everything right, they could be our head of state. And I can't think of anything less patriotic than saying that the feudal frenzy of deference and backwardness we are about to witness is the best that Britain can do.

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