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April 11, 2011 - Photo by Bauer Griffin

Between 08.15 and 09.45: The vast majority of the 1,900 guests will arrive at the Great North Door of Westminster Abbey ahead of the 11am service.

From 09.50: Governors-general and prime ministers of realm countries, the Diplomatic Corps, and other distinguished guests arrive at the Abbey.

10.10: Prince William and his best man Prince Harry leave Clarence House in a Bentley for Westminster Abbey, arriving five minutes later. The route between Buckingham Palace and the Abbey goes by The Mall, Horse Guards Road, Horse Guards Parade, through Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Square (the south side) and Broad Sanctuary.

10.20: Members of foreign royal families arrive at the Abbey from Buckingham Palace.

10.20: Kate Middleton‘s mother Carole Middleton and brother James Middleton leave the Goring Hotel for the Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 1027. Gallery: who’s who in the Middletons

10.25: Members of the Royal Family (except those listed below) leave Buckingham Palace for the Abbey, arriving at 10.30.

10.35: The following members of the Royal Family leave Buckingham Palace for the Abbey, arriving at 10.40: The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence.

10.38: The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall leave Clarence House, arriving at the Abbey at 1042.

10.40: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace, arriving at the Abbey at 10.45.

10.48: The bridesmaids and pages leave the Goring Hotel, arriving at the Abbey at 1055.

10.51: The bride and her father Michael Middleton leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey in a Rolls Royce

11.00: The marriage service begins and is relayed by speakers along the route. There will also be big screens in Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square.

12.15: The carriage procession of the bride and groom with a Captain’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, followed by the Queen’s procession with a Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, leaves the Abbey for Buckingham Palace. The bride and groom will be in the 1902 State Landau, or the Glass Coach if it is raining.

12.30: The bride’s carriage procession arrives at Buckingham Palace.

1240: Members of the Royal Family and members of foreign royal families arrive at Buckingham Palace.

From 1240: Other guests for the reception arrive at Buckingham Palace.

13.25: The Queen and the bride and groom, together with their families, appear on the balcony.

13.30: Fly-past by the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The service:

The Dean of Westminster will conduct the service, the Archbishop of Canterbury will marry Prince William and Miss Middleton, and the Bishop of London – a personal friend of the Prince of Wales who has known Prince William for many years – will give the address

The dress:

The design is a secret but Miss Middleton’s wedding gown is expected to be modest, with little flesh on show.

Bridesmaid and pageboys:

The couple have chosen four bridesmaids and two page boys who are a mixture of relations and the children of friends. Find out who’s who here. Prince Harry is best man and Miss Middleton’s sister Philippa is her maid of honour

The venue:

For 1,000 years the 11th century Westminster Abbey has been  abackdrop to royal weddings, coronations and funerals


Tradition dictates that a royal bride’s bouquet contains a sprig of myrtle from the bush grown from the original myrtle in Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet. Royal brides send their bouquet back to the abbey to be placed on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.


Westminster Abbey’s choir and the Chapel Royal Choir will perform, with the London Chamber Orchestra, the Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry also taking part. Claire Jones, the Prince of Wales’s official harpist, will perform at the Buckingham Palace reception. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the Queen’s composer, was commissioned to write a piece which he revealed will have a “Scottish feel”.

The ring:

Prince William will not wear a wedding ring, but his new wife’s will be made from gold given to the prince by the Queen. According to tradition, the Welsh gold for royal rings comes from the Clogau St David’s mine at Bontddu in North Wales.

The receptions:

Buckingham Palace, with its opulent State Rooms, is the focal point for the Queen’s reception for 600 guests in the afternoon, followed by the Prince of Wales’s dinner for 300 close family and friends in the evening.

The cake:

A traditional multi-tiered iced fruit cake featuring the “language of flowers” made by Leicestershire baker Fiona Cairns will be the centrepiece. A chocolate biscuit cake is also being made especially for Prince William by McVitie’s.

Wedding planning:

The man behind the big day is Prince William’s private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.

Working closely with the Prince’s personal private secretary Helen Asprey, Mr Lowther-Pinkerton is in overall charge of the wedding – although the royal couple themselves are “calling the shots”.

The gift list:

No saucepans or towels for these newlyweds. The couple has requested donations to 26 charities instead. Close family are, however, likely to give personal gifts.

Source: The Telegraph