In Part One of this Three Part Series, we delved into the days right before The Royal Wedding – the trees being brought into the Abbey, William and Harry’s impromptu walk about, Sarah Burton’s not so discrete dash into the Goring Hotel…it still makes us all happy to think about it…
And then it was morning in London and announcements from the palace began to be relseased. One of the first announcements was that William and Kate would be Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Earl and Countess of Strathearn, and Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus. For the actual statement as issued by the Press Secretary to the Queen, click here. It was about midnight where I was at this point, glued to the TV screen with friends. Life sized cut out figures of William and Kate might have been there, too. Meanwhile this is what some of London was looking like:
The statements were all timed out to perfection and rolled out one after the other. They detailed the clothing that the Queen, Duchess of Cornwall, and Mrs. Middleton were wearing…and then it was all about the groom (The Irish Guards uniform!), the bride (Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and the Cartier Halo Tiara!) and the attendants (Sarah Burton for Pippa and Nicki Macfarlane for the girls!).
Of course, all morning long the crowds continued to gather. This picture shows the thousands that came together in Hyde Park to watch the wedding on huge screens:
It was a bit of a hoot watching all of the guests arrive and wait in the Abbey, particularly the Beckhams, Elton John, and Chelsy Davy:
Nothing like checking your blackberry as you wait for the Royal Wedding of the Century to start. Elton looks tickled pink to be there:
Chelsy Davy showed up for her seat in the section reserved for close friends:
Then all eyes were on The Goring. Pippa and the flower girls headed out first and we loved their dresses. Side Note: If you’re really into the spirit of things, you might want to check out our post from when we had hight tea at The Goring last winter. We discretely took lots of pictures of the lobby and such because, you know. Click here to see.
And we loved watching William and Harry driving to the Abbey. Here they are walking in looking especially dapper:
Then the attendants arrived. Here’s Tom Pettifer, aka Little Blonde Dude, being just as delightful as he was the whole day. He’s the son of Tiggy Legge-Bourke, who looked after Wiliam and Harry when they were young. Prince William is reportedly his godfather. The little brunette dude is Billy Lowther-Pinkerton, the son of William’s private secretary.
Kate Leaves The Goring!!!
And then we finally got a glimpse of The Dress. I do wonder why they didn’t have the car in a little porte-cocher type tent so we wouldn’t see anything at all until she stepped out at Westminster Abbey, but no matter. It was a lovely sneak peak:
Arriving at the Abbey:
A peak under the dress and the derriere that ignited conversations the world over:
What a great overhead shot of the attendants. There’s the little blonde dude lapping it up again. He was just the best:
Prince Harry and his “wait to you see her” comment to William is right up there in our best ever royal moments. It’s at about the 9 second mark of this video:
Then William was all cute when Kate and Michael Middleton arrived. He joked, “it was just meant to be a small family affair.”
Another view, just because. You can tell Harry is doing his best to be appropriately solemn for the occasion:
And then up went the veil…this wasn’t show on TV so getting a hold of this picture was a treat:
And how cool was this shot. So dramatic:
There was a chance to sit down and pretend to sing:
And then…it was official! Miss Middleton no more; now she’s HRH! Time to curtsey to Her Majesty:
Heading off to Buckingham Palace. Check out the Queen in yellow in the background:
And Harry was like the fun babysitter in this carriage:
Once all of the guests had left Wesminster Abbey, a relieved verger did a couple of celebratory cartwheels which were thankfully captured by the cameras. Check out the video below to see and to hear the bells peeling in the background. Seriously. It’s soooo worth checking out:
And with that, we’ll pause until tomorrow. In part three, we’ll dive into the two receptions and some more of the delightful shenanigans that went on. Thank you for joining us for this nostalgic blog party!