The Royal Wedding
Prince William & Catherine Middleton
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The Royal Wedding On 16th November 2010 it was announced that His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Louis of Wales and Kate Middleton are to marry on 29th April 2011 in Westminster Abbey, London.
The Royal Wedding– Prince William, second in line to the throne, proposed to Miss Middleton whilst on holiday in Kenya in October 2010. The couple’s courtship began in 2003 when they both studied at St Andrews University.
The Royal Wedding is expected to attract a worldwide television audience of 2.5 billion with hundreds of thousands of well wishers lining the streets of London on the big day. The British Government have designated the day as a public holiday to ensure that it will be a truly national celebration.
Prince William is the elder son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales.
He was born at 9.03pm on 21st June 1982, at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London. A bulletin announced that the Royal baby weighed 7lb 1 1/2oz.
On 4th August 1982, Prince William Arthur Philip Louis was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie, in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace.
After attending Mrs Mynors School, Prince William became a pupil at Wetherby School in London, from 15th January 1987 until 5th July 1990.
From September 1990, The Prince attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire, for five years until 5th July 1995. He then attended Eton College from July 1995 and studied Geography, Biology and History of Art at A Level.
Prince William was 15-years-old when Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris on 31st August 1997. Prince William and Prince Harry walked behind their mother’s cortege at her funeral which was held at Westminster Abbey on 6th September 1997.
After a gap year in which he visited Chile, Belize, worked on British dairy farms and visited countries in Africa, Prince William chose to study at St Andrews University in Fife, Scotland. He graduated with a 2:1 in Geography in 2005.
After a period of work experience, Prince William joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as an Officer Cadet.
He was commissioned as an army officer in front of The Queen at Sandhurst in December 2006 and joined the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals) as a Second Lieutenant.
On 11th April 2008, Prince William received his Royal Air Force (RAF) wings from his father The Prince of Wales at RAF Cranwell after completing an intensive 12 week flying course, becoming the fourth generation of the Royal Family to become an RAF Pilot.
On St George’s Day (23rd April 2008) The Queen appointed Prince William to be a Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. . He was installed at The Annual Garter ceremony held at Windsor Castle.
In January 2010, Prince William successfully completed advanced helicopter flying training at the Defence Helicopter Flying School based at RAF Shawbury and moved to RAF Valley in Wales, to carry out the Search and Rescue Conversion Course.
Prince William graduated as a fully operational RAF Search and Rescue Pilot on 17th September 2010. The Prince continues to undertake operational service as Co-Pilot of a Sea King Mk3 helicopter acting as part of a four-person crew. The usual length of time officers serve is 30-36 months after successful completion of training.
The Prince is known as Flight Lieutenant Wales in the RAF. Owing to the fact that Prince William will one day become Head of the Armed Forces, he retains his commissions as an officer in the Royal Navy and the Army, within the Household Cavalry.
Honorary Armed Forces positions
In August 2006 Prince William was appointed Commodore-in-Chief of Scotland and Commodore-in-Chief of Submarines.
In October 2008, The Prince was appointed Honorary Air Commandant of Royal Air Force Coningsby.
In February 2011, The Queen gave her formal approval to the appointment of Prince William as Colonel of the Irish Guards, marking Prince William’s first honorary appointment in the Army, and the Irish Guards’ first Royal Colonel.
Although Prince William is currently focusing on his military career, he also wants to show his support for organisations that reflect issues he cares about both in the UK and abroad.
To further their charitable work, Prince William and Prince Harry created their own Foundation in 2009 which focuses on issues that they both care about.
The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry has three main aims: helping young people in society; raising awareness and support for servicemen and women; and developing sustainable models of living in the light of climate change and dwindling natural resources.
Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born to Michael and Carole Middleton at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, on 9th January 1982. Catherine is the eldest of three children.
Catherine was christened at the parish church of St Andrew’s Bradfield in Berkshire on 20th June 1982.
In May 1984, at the age of two, Catherine moved with her family to Amman in Jordan, where her father worked for two and a half years. Catherine attended a nursery school in Amman from the age of three.
In September 1986, the Middletons returned to their home in West Berkshire, and Catherine started at St Andrew’s School in Pangbourne, where she remained until July 1995. Catherine went on to Marlborough College in Wiltshire, where she studied Chemistry, Biology and Art at A-level. Catherine also took part in sport on behalf of the school, playing tennis, hockey and netball and participating in athletics, particularly high jump. Catherine completed her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at Marlborough.
Leaving Marlborough College in July 2000, Catherine undertook a gap year in which she studied at the British Institute in Florence, undertook a Raleigh International programme in Chile, and crewed on Round the World Challenge boats in the Solent.
In 2001, Catherine enrolled at the University of St Andrews, Fife, from where she graduated in 2005 with a 2:1 in History of Art. Catherine continued with her interest in sport at University, playing hockey for the University team. Catherine first met Prince William when studying at the University.
Since completing her degree, Catherine has worked for Party Pieces, a company owned and run by her parents. Alongside her work for the family business, Catherine worked in London as a part-time buyer for the clothing company Jigsaw Junior.
In 2008, Catherine launched First Birthdays, a junior brand to Party Pieces. Her role within the family business included catalogue design and production, marketing and photography.
Catherine’s hobbies include recreational sports such as hill walking, tennis, swimming, sailing, and the arts such as photography and painting.
DAY BEFORE THE ROYAL WEDDING