At long last we are going to experience another royal wedding! I remember as a little girl going to my friend Courtney’s slumber party to watch the wedding of the century as Lady Diana wed Charles, Prince of Wales. In the wee hours of the morning, we watched excitedly as her mom brought us tea cakes and tea (really lemonade, but, hey we pretended!). Still to this day I remember that magical moment as us little gals witnessed a real-life princess come to be.
So now after eight years of dating ‘off and on’, their son, Prince William, and Kate Middleton are finally engaged! The royal proposal happened in October during a private holiday in Kenya. Prince William informed the Queen, close members of his family and asked Kate’s father for the permission before it was announced to the public last week. Although they will not disclose the details of the proposal Kate did describe it as, “very romantic, and it was very personal.”
One of the biggest controversies of the engagement is the ring. The ring that Prince William proposed to Kate with belonged to his mother, Princess Diana. It is a stunning 23-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring. Some people have had harsh criticism because Charles and Diana had a notoriously bad marriage and people think that the ring is cursed because of it. The decision to give Kate this engagement ring was in honor of his mother, “This is my way of keeping her close to it all.” Which we think is a very sweet sentiment, not to mention the ring is GORGEOUS!!
The wedding date has been set and is going to be held on Friday, April 29th, 2011 at Westminster Abbey. Westminster Abbey has a special place in Prince William’s heart, as it was where his mother Princess Diana’s funeral was held. Kate has not picked a designer for her wedding dress, though she says it will be a British designer. After the wedding the couple will live in North Wales, where William is currently stationed with the Royal Air Force.
Prince William and Kate’s wedding will not only be a public holiday in the UK but it is also anticipated to be one of the most watched television event ever. This all sounds very familiar but you know I will be staying up and watching live the passage of another Princess… I bet anything that my friend Courney, albeit different time zones, will be awake and watching it with me too!