According to the reports, Prince William “looked absolutely terrified” before he married Kate Middleton. Many of us will recall watching the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on television screens in April 2011, ogling the Duchess of Cambridge’s beautiful Alexander McQueen gown.
For Duncan Larcombe, an editor, the day holds different memories because he was actually present there.
As there has been news that a Royal engagement is imminent, we caught up with Larcombe to find out what really goes on behind-the-scenes at a Royal wedding. Here, we present you some of the things we got to know.
IT’S NOT AT ALL LIKE AN OLD WEDDING.
“It’s a very weird experience, kind of like sitting in ‘Madame Tussauds’ with moving waxwork. It was one of the most incredible and memorable experiences of my life. You know when you’re there that you’re watching history unfold in front of your eyes.
It is not like any wedding I’ve ever been to”.
“If you like people watching there’s probably nothing better than a Royal wedding. There isn’t a room that has that many famous, glamorous and Royal people all under one roof”.
ROYALS GET NERVOUS TOO.
“Before Kate Middleton arrived, Prince William went to compose himself with Harry in a room just off Poet’s Corner. We were sat near there so they both walked straight past us and the Royal groom looked absolutely terrified. They came out afterwards and gave a deep breath”.
THERE ARE LOTS OF SECRECY AROUND IT.
“We were told in advance, I guess about two or three weeks before that we were invited. But we were told not to tell it to anybody. They wouldn’t have wanted word to get out among the other journalists”.
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THE ROYAL BRIDE CAN SILENCE A ROOM OF 1000 PEOPLE.
“The whole of Westminster Abbey fell completely silent when Kate Middleton made her Royal entrance. There were over 1,000 people sitting there in absolute silence and all we could hear was the echoes of the crowds outside”.
A LOT OF GOES INTO THE SEATING PLAN.
“You have certain areas in Westminster Abbey that’s all to do with the Royal protocol. All politicians sit in one area, the foreign Royals are all sat in one area, and the members of the Royal Family were all sat together in another”.
FAMOUS PEOPLE AND NON-FAMOUS PEOPLE ARE TREATED THE SAME.
“That one thing you can not actually do at a Royal wedding is turn up after the Queen. That is because she will always be the second-to-last person to arrive after the bride.
“It was indeed clear at the wedding that no matter if you were the Sultan of Brunei or a guy who’s been at Sandhurst with William, or a big Hollywood star, everyone got there early. I think for someone like Sir Elton John, who is normally one to be the centre of attention, it was probably quite humbling”.
THERE IS A FAIR BIT OF WAITING AROUND.
“The wait for Kate Middleton’s arrival felt like forever. We got there earlier than most of the people did. In fairness, we were probably there for two hours before she arrived. The other guests were probably waiting for around an hour”.
FORMALITY AND TRADITION IS EVERYTHING.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate had a vast guest list thrust upon them by the foreign and commonwealth office to avoid any diplomatic issues with people being snubbed”.
“When you boil it down, in terms of their actual friends, they probably only had a couple of hundred including workmates mixed in with 1,000 other people. You can’t compare it to any other normal wedding”.
IT IS INDEED DEBATABLE HOW MUCH OF THE DAY IS ABOUT THE COUPLE.
“William and Kate indeed looked very much happy. It was pretty obvious that while they had to go by the Royal protocol, absolutely everything they physically could have done to put their own stamp on the day, they did”.
“I think the trees inside Westminster Abbey were Kate’s touch. You could see the little touches that were important to the Royal bride and groom on a day that really wasn’t theirs but, it was everybodys. That’s probably one of the things about the Royal weddings”.