Kate Middleton and Prince William are tying the knot on 29 April, 2011. In honour of this occasion, here are some things you can do to celebrate along with them.
1. Buy souvenir magazine guides on the Royal Wedding. There are plenty on the stands, and you'll find lots of them contain information about previous Royal Weddings, as well as lots of information about Kate and William. Have the magazines on hand during the wedding, so that you can check any facts or look up things you're curious about during the ceremony.
2. Dress up for the occasion. Why not wear your best clothes, fit to meet the future Queen and King of England? If you're super keen, you might even like to copy Kate Middleton's style!
3. Watch the Royal Wedding on TV. The service begins at 11am GMT on Friday 29 April, 2011. However, be sure to be watching earlier because there will be plenty of commentary, views of the crowds and filming of the limousines as they approach Westminster Abbey. Check your local TV for details as to the times the wedding will be broadcast and cross-check the time with your local time, wherever you are in the world. If it's too early in the morning for you, or you'll be working, remember to record it and watch the ceremony later. You might prefer to watch the wedding online.
4. Know the events of the day so that you can be aware of what is happening and what you might be able to view on TV. The events include:
- The groom and Prince Harry leave Clarence House for the Abbey at 10:10am, to arrive five minutes later at 10:15.
- At 10:20, members of foreign Royal Families will begin to arrive at the Abbey.
- Also at 10:20, Kate Middleton's mother and brother depart the Goring Hotel.
- At 10:25, members of the Royal Family begin to leave Buckingham Palace for the Abbey.
- At 10:51, the bride and her father leave the Goring Hotel for the Abbey, preceded by three minutes by the bridesmaids.
- At 11:00 the wedding service commences.
- At 12:15pm, the newlywed Prince William and Princess Catherine will leave by horse-drawn carriage, with the Royal Family following close behind.
- At 12.30, the newly-weds arrive at Buckingham Palace.
- At 13:25 Prince William and Princess Catherine will appear on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to kiss. RAF colleagues will stage a fly-past. The reception finishes at 3.30pm
- At 7pm, the Prince of Wales hosts a dinner and dance at Buckingham Palace for 250 friends and close relatives.
5. Donate to charity to the help Kate and William celebrate their Royal Wedding. The Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund has been set up as a charitable gift fund to help everyone celebrate their wedding. More information is available at: http://www.royalweddingcharityfund.org/
6. Hold a high tea. Get your friends around for a high tea occasion. You could even show reruns of the wedding during the tea or you could just discuss what you thought of the wedding as part of the event. Some things you might like to serve at the high tea include:
- Kate Middleton's favourite: sticky toffee pudding
- Beef Wellington
- Devonshire cream and scones (the scones can be of all kinds - see wikiHow's scones category for some great ideas)
- Lemon curd tarts
- Shortbread cookies
- Pinwheel sandwiches
- Pound cake
- English trifle
- Fresh strawberries and raspberries with whipped cream
- Tea, coffee, and champagne. Gin cocktails are also considered suitably royal.
- Be sure to use your finest china, silverware, and fabric napkins.
7. If you don't want to make your own high tea, book into a tea room, restaurant or hotel buffet for a lavish spread. Many food caterers are laying on magnificent spreads in honour of the day so that you can eat well as your contribution to celebrating the Royal Wedding
8. Decorate in style. If you are celebrating the Royal Wedding with a party or high tea, be sure to add red, white, and blue bunting, table cloths, and a few Union Jacks
9. Buy some souvenirs to remember the occasion by. Everything from tea towels to beers are being made to celebrate the Royal Wedding, and owning a piece of your own memorabilia is as easy as ordering it online or visiting your favorite gift shop. Some of the food-related goodies for sale include shortbread in commemorative tins, wedding candies, a custom order GE Royal Wedding refrigerator, Kiss Me Kate beer and Windsor knot beer, as well as many other commemorative items
10. Wish the royal couple well. Send them your regards silently