Wedding Details


Everything you need to know about the Royal Wedding Day!

The Service l Procession l Carriage l Reception l Dinner Details

The Service

Location: Westminster Abbey
Date: Friday April 29th, 2011
Time: 11 a.m.
Wedding Party:

  • Maid of Honour – Philippa Middleton (Kate’s sister)
  • Best Man – Prince Harry
  • Bridesmaids and Page Boys:
    • The Lady Louise Windsor (aged 7, daughter of The Earl and Countess of Wessex)
    • The Hon. Margarita Armstrong Jones (aged 8, daughter of Viscount and Viscountess Linley)
    • Miss Grace van Cutsem (aged 3 – daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh van Cutsem, goddaughter of Prince William)
    • Miss Eliza Lopes (aged 3 – daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lopes)
    • Master William (Billy) Lowther-Pinkerton (aged 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton)
    • Master Tom Pettifer (aged 8, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pettifer, godson of Prince William)

Dress code:

Uniform, Morning Coat, or Lounge suit.

Roughly 1900 people have been invited to the service at Westminster Abbey

Members of The Royal Family and their friends (over 50 people):

  • The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh
  • Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall
  • Princess Anne and Timothy Laurence
  • Prince Andrew
  • Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex
  • Prince Harry
  • Princess Beatrice
  • Princess Eugenie


Members of the Middleton Family and their friends:

  • Michael and Carole Middleton (Kate’s parents)
  • James Middleton (Kate’s brother)
  • Philippa Middleton (Kate’s sister)
  • Gary Goldsmith (Carole’s brother)


Friends of Prince William and Miss Middleton:

  • Willem Marx (Kate’s “first love”)
  • Gareth Thomas (Friend of Will’s, and the first openly gay leading rugby player)


Notable guests:

  • Members of Foreign Royal Families (over 40 people)
  • Representatives from the Defence Services (30 members)
  • Representatives from Prince William’s patronages
  • Representatives from the Church and other faiths
  • Members of the Government, Parliament and Devolved Administrators
  • Members of the Diplomatic Corps (over 200 from this and above)
  • Governors-General and Prime Ministers from the Realms (60 people)
  • Members of the Royal Household



  • David and Victoria Beckham
  • Sir Elton John and partner, DavidFrunish
  • Bogoda Seelawimala


Odds and ends:

  • The couple’s favourite bartender and yoga instructor from the Caribbean island of Mustique.
  • Guests from the charities the couple works with
  • The butcher, shopkeeper and pub owner from Kate’s home village of Buckleberry


Not Attending:

  • Canadian PM Stephen Harper, declined invitation
  • King of Bahrain, declined invitation
  • Duchess of York, Sarah Fergueson, not invited


Two choirs, one orchestra and two fanfare teams. Choirs will be under the direction of Mr. James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey.

Note: For the first time in history, the Royal Wedding music will be recorded and immediately released digitally by Decca Records. The Official Album of the event will then be released into British stores and across the rest of the world starting May 5th. Physical album will include a special collector’s booklet, featuring the complete order of service, the readings, vows, hymns and blessings, and all the music from the event. Available in digital download, CD, vinyl, and cassette.

Extra Details:

  • Kate Middleton and Prince William will travel separately to the wedding service using State Cars from the Royal Mews. The State Car collection includes two Bentleys, three Rolls-Royces and three Daimlers.
  • Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, will marry Prince William and Kate.
  • Right Rev. Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, will give the address
  • Very Rev. John Hall, Dean of Westminster will conduct the service.

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1. Buckingham Palace
2. Clarence House
3. The Mall
4. Horse Guards Parade
5. Women of World War 2 Monument
6. Downing Street
7. Foreign & Commonwealth Office
8. Cenotaph
9. HM Treasury
10. Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
11. Westminster Abbey

Download the Royal Wedding Route

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Open-topped 1902 State Landau that carried Princes Charles and Princess Diana after their wedding in 1981. The State Landau will carry the Bridge and groom on their way back from the service at Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace. In the event of severely wet weather, the couple will travel in The Glass Coach.

There will be five horse-drawn carriages in the Carriage Procession from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace. The first carriage will be the 1902 State Landau or Glass Coach carrying the Bride and the Bridegroom. The second and third carriages will be Ascot Landaus carrying the Best Man, Maid of Honour and Bridesmaids. The fourth carriage will be a Semi-State Landau carrying The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. The fifth carriage will be a Semi-State Landau carrying The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Mr. and Mrs. Middleton.

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The Reception

Where: Buckingham Palace
Her Majesty the Queen

Cake 1: Multi-tiered traditional fruit cake decorated with cream and white icing.

  • Designed by Fiona Cairns
  • Will have a strong British floral theme using elements of the Joseph Lambeth technique, which uses a lot of intricate piping to create 3-D scrollwork, leaves, flowers and other decorations.
  • Each tier will feature a different theme
  • Will be decorated with William and Kate’s new cipher – thought to feature the couple’s entwined initials.
  • Another theme will be the four flowers of the home nations – English rose, Scottish thistle, Welsh daffodil and Irish shamrock.
  • Kate also requested to feature around 16 blooms and foliage for their meaning – known as the “language of flowers.” (Bridal rose – symbolizes happiness, oak and acorn – which is an architectural detail around the room where the cake will be – symbolizes strength and endurance, lily of the valley – symbolizes sweetness and humility, and ivy leaves – symbolizes marriage).
  • Recipe will include dried fruits: raisins, sultanas, walnuts, cherries, grated oranges and lemon, French brandy and free range eggs and flour.


Cake 2: Chocolate Biscuit Cake

  • Specially requested by Prince William, as he enjoyed it with tea as a young boy
  • Made from a Royal Family recipe
  • Unbaked cake made out of dark chocolate and rich tea biscuits, along with a few secret ingredients.
  • Will be decorated with chocolate display work
  • Will be made by McVitie’s Cake Company, who also baked the official cake for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s diamond wedding anniversary in 2007. They received the recipe from Buckingham Palace kitchen chefs.


Around 600 people have been invited to the lunchtime reception including:

  • more than 50 members of the Royal Family
  • 40 members of foreign Royal Families
  • 60 International Heads of State


Entertainment: Claire Jones, Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales.

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Where: Buckingham Palace
Host: The Prince of Wales
Guests: 300 of the couple’s closest family and friends

Additional Details:
William and Kate have asked that anyone who might wish to give them a wedding gift consider giving instead to a charitable fund.

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