England’s Prince William and Catherine Middleton were married in front of their families, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and — via TV and the Web — more than a billion new, utterly thrilled friends. It was the most-watched royal wedding in history. The excitement is almost unexplainable, with some Nigerian even angered and questioning the benefit the wedding fuzz by Nigerian adds to the country. Did you know Royal Wedding viewing party took place in Nigeria for the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday, April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey. However, The wedding was one hell of a glamorous one. Here are few highlights and things you should know:
- The fairytale (wedding) is complete. Kate Middleton, former captain of her field hockey team, is now Her Royal Highness Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William is still Prince William, though he’s now also the Duke of Cambridge. The pair tied the knot in front of 1,900 onlookers at Westminster Abbey and countless at home watching on TV. Now, it’s off to the party for a boogie and a fizz.
- The celebration was British to the core, from the freshly polished horse-drawn carriages to the sausages and lager served at street parties. Some pubs opened early in the morning, offering beer and English breakfasts — sausages, beans, toast, fried eggs and bacon.
- The palace was holding two parties, one hosted by the queen for 650 guests, and an evening dinner dance for 300 close friends. The queen and her husband have promised to go away for the evening, leaving the younger royals free to party the night away_ and Harry to make his best man’s speech away from his grandparents’ ears.
- The Metropolitan Police estimated the crowd peaked at one million along the route, with around 500,000 people in and around The Mall trying to catch a glimpse of the couple’s kiss.
- 45 people had been arrested. While London’s prime minister describes the wedding as exciting, others like London resident John says it is injustifiable.
- Kate’s ivory-and-white satin dress — with its plunging neckline, long lacy shoulders and sleeves and a train over 2-meters (yards) long — was designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. Middleton’s hair was half-up, half-down, decorated with dramatic veil and a tiara on loan from the queen. Her dramatic diamond earrings were a gift from her parents.
- A number of famous people were left off the guest list, including President Barack Obama and Britain’s last two prime ministers, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown of the Labour Party, which is not as strong a backer of the monarchy as the governing Conservatives. Some critics call that a snub which could resonate for years among Labour voters.
- The royals fervently hope that a joyous union for William and Kate will erase the squalid memories of his parents’ embarrassing confessions of adultery as their marriage tumbled toward divorce.
- Who’s footed the bill? “The costs of the wedding itself will be met by the Royal Household, with government meeting any wider security or transport related costs,” Prime Minister Cameron explained.
- One kiss just wasn’t enough! Prince William and brand-new wife Kate Middleton broke with royal tradition on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Friday — when they kissed not once, but twice as thousands of subjects watched from below.
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