Wedding Fever

A royal wedding at St James's Palace in 1734 (image property of Westminster City Archives). Find out more about this picture by visiting A Date with History.

A royal wedding at St James’s Palace in 1734 (image property of Westminster City Archives). Find out more about this picture by visiting A Date with History.

On 29 April 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be married in the magnificent Westminster Abbey. Following the ceremony, they will travel by carriage along Whitehall, Horseguard’s Parade and The Mall to a celebratory reception in Buckingham Palace.

Kate and Wills’ nuptials are just the latest example of Westminster’s historic role as a venue for royal occasions – from coronations to weddings and State funerals.  A great deal of related history is recorded in the local studies collections of the Archives Centre, including orders of service, photographs, and reference books. A selection of historic pamphlets relating to Royal weddings (including the official souvenir for the wedding of William’s parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer) are currently on display in our Archives Search Room.

Another famous wedding venue in Westminster: Caxton Hall became a register office in 1933 and hosted marriages of the rich and famous including Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman, Ringo Starr, Diana Dors (twice) and Peter Sellers.

Another famous wedding venue in Westminster: Caxton Hall became a register office in 1933 and hosted marriages of the rich and famous including Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman, Ringo Starr, Diana Dors (twice) and Peter Sellers.

Most couples have to settle for more modest wedding venues than Westminster Abbey.  However, London is brimming with great alternatives for a wedding to remember, and the very best are identified in April’s Book of the Month: Fabulous places to get married in London, published by Crimson. Suggestions include boutique hotels, ornate historic theatres, national museums and tranquil botanic gardens, proving you don’t have to become a princess to enjoy a sensational wedding day in the Capital!

[Michelle]

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