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Your very own Wills and Kate wedding planner!

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Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Where to watch and where to party: Your very own Wills and Kate wedding planner!

With an estimated 1.5 million Royal Wedding watchers expected to converge on London on Friday, not everyone will be able to find a space along the route.

The best spots will fill by dawn, or even the night before - thousands of people are due to camp out. Good vantage points include the steps under the Duke of York Column in Carlton House Terrace and the pavements by Admiralty Arch.

Much of the crowd is expected to head instead for Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square, where giant screens will show live coverage of the ceremony. A 196ft-high 'London Eye-style' observation wheel has been erected in the park, which can be ridden from 7am on the day.

Both venues promise a carnival atmosphere, with food and drinks stalls, including licensed bars, to keep the 'extended wedding guests' refreshed.

Other places where big screens will be erected include Clapham Common, which is turning into a campsite the night before, Southbank Centre Square and Battersea High Street, where there will be a huge street party with food stalls.


Buckingham Palace has 19 State Rooms - and they are all likely to be put to good use over the afternoon and evening wedding celebrations.

Among the 650 guests at the traditional, buffet-style Wedding Breakfast immediately after the ceremony are family and friends, foreign heads of state and some more controversial characters invited by Prince Charles, such as a Kazakh billionaire and the nephew of a high-profile Nazi.

The menu is a closely guarded secret but, according to the Queen's head chef Mark Flanagan, it will be all-British. Prince Charles's official harpist, Claire Jones, will be playing.

Prince Harry has disclosed that his best man's speech will be 'selective' so he does not risk offending the Queen, but that he still intended to 'embarrass' his brother and 'make him lose a bit of hair'.

The evening reception will be a more private affair - the most exclusive part of the celebrations. Charles and Camilla have invited a third of the 300 guests, while Kate and William have been allowed to invite 100 each.

The reception will include a dinner and a disco until the early hours, run by the team from Maggie's, an Eighties revival club co-owned by Kate's friend Charles Gilkes. It is likely to take place in the 120ft by 60ft Ballroom, the Palace's largest room. The Throne Room will be a 'chillax' zone with cafe-style tables, sofas and its own neon-lit bar and DJ.


The kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace will be the moment the crowd will have been waiting for. The newlyweds will take a break from their Wedding Breakfast to stand on the balcony with their families and have their first public kiss as man and wife.

At the same time, the skies above them will be filled with aircraft to mark the involvement of the Armed Forces in the celebrations.

A Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will begin the flypast, followed 30 seconds later by two Typhoons and two Tornado GR4s in a box formation.


The 1,525-a-night, five-bedroom suite where Kate will stay with her family on Thursday night contains a grand piano, a 19th Century lavatory and a cartoon picture of television's Edmund Blackadder kissing the hand of Elizabeth I above the bath. Queen Victoria's silk bridal gown and tiara were framed in a wardrobe - but have been removed for fear it will give Kate pre-wedding jitters.

While William's family will be partying at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel a few streets away, it will be a low-key dinner for the Middletons on the eve of the wedding. The following afternoon, Kate's parents, Carole and Michael, will throw a party at The Goring for those guests not invited to Buckingham Palace. It's unlikely the newlyweds will have time to put in an appearance.


Crown jewellers from 1843 to 2007, Garrard produced Princess Diana's sapphire engagement ring, now worn by Kate. 'It's very special to me,' William explained. 'As Kate's very special to me now, it was right to put the two together.'

Kate's wedding ring is to be fashioned from Welsh gold - a long-held Royal tradition - by an unnamed expert craftsman, probably current Crown Jeweller Harry Collins. William has chosen not to wear a ring.


In an unusual start to married life, Kate and William are due to bunk up with Prince Harry at Clarence House until they find a more permanent home in the capital. It was rumoured that the Queen had offered the couple a home in Buckingham Palace, but they seem content simply to enjoy their first public kiss as a married couple on its balcony.

Kate was secretly confirmed next door in St James's Palace last month by the Bishop of London.


The bright young things of Chelsea and Mayfair who expected to be asked to attend but were 'Not Flippin' Invited' will be found enjoying their own alternative celebration at a street party outside Mahiki night club in Piccadilly.

Society models Poppy and Chloe Delevigne, Prince Harry's hard-partying friends Astrid and Davina Harbord and Virgin heir Sam Branson are all expected to drown their sorrows over themed cocktails and a British barbecue at the tongue-in-cheek do.

It's an appropriate venue as it has been a favourite haunt for the wedding couple. Following their brief split in 2007, William was said to have declared 'I'm freeeeee' before performing a celebratory dance and racking up an 11,000 bar bill.

Not to be outdone, Kate turned up a few nights later, showing the Prince exactly what he was missing. They were soon slow-dancing together once more.


On her journey from Sloane Ranger to style princess, Kate has frequented one shopping destination more than any other - the Kings Road.

Peter Jones has long been Kate's favourite department store, and she is often spotted scouring the sales racks. Kate, who used to work as an accessories buyer for High Street chain Jigsaw, recently picked up summery items for the Royal honeymoon - calling in at Whistles, Warehouse and Banana Republic.

However, the destination for the break remains one of the wedding's best-kept secrets. Just off the Kings Road is the salon of Richard Ward, right, Kate's favoured upmarket crimper, who will be making sure her locks look at their glossy best on Friday.


The order of service at the Abbey will not be released until Thursday, but the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will marry the couple. Dean of Westminster John Hall will conduct the service and Bishop of London Richard Chartres will give the address.

The music will include 'well-known hymns and choral works as well as some specially commissioned pieces'. The Abbey is expected to be decorated with pale sprays of flowers. They will remain the following day for the public to view.


More than 80 roads in Central London will be closed by police from 6am on Friday until 11pm - or possibly later - for security purposes and to ensure enough space for the estimated one million spectators.

Parking bays will be suspended and all vehicles will be ordered off the streets of a vast swathe of London, from Lambeth Bridge to Hyde Park Corner, south to Vauxhall Bridge and north to Piccadilly and the Strand.

Traffic officers will be positioned throughout the city to redirect vehicles on to suitable diversion routes, but drivers

are advised to avoid Central London all day if possible.

London Mayor Boris Johnson says Tube lines will run as normal, with no planned engineering works. Buses will operate a Saturday service but many will be subject to diversions.


To prevent terrorist attacks and threats from rogue protesters, the wedding will be encircled by a huge security 'ring of steel', with surveillance from an 'eye in the sky' helicopter above and CCTV and police on the ground.

Some 5,000 police are being deployed, nearly 1,000 lining the procession between Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.

Thirty-five sniffer dogs, which can detect explosives from more than 300ft away, will check the route and the Abbey in advance and patrol throughout the day. Snipers will be positioned on rooftops.

The Royal Family will be accompanied on the procession by a Special Escort Group. On the carriage ride from the Abbey to the Palace, the newlyweds will be protected by 144 horses and riders from the Household Cavalry, along with nine escorts from the mounted branch of the Metropolitan Police.

How the happy day will unfold:


Royals host pre-wedding party at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge. Kate spends last night as single woman with Middletons at The Goring Hotel, Belgravia. William stays at Clarence House with his father, Prince Charles.


6.00am: Guests and principals must be early to rise for big day ahead.

8.15am: First guests arrive at Great North Door of Westminster Abbey. All 1,900 guests - except VIPs - to be seated by 9.45am.

9.50am: Governors-general, prime ministers of Commonwealth countries, diplomatic corps and other distinguished guests arrive, including footballer David Beckham and wife Victoria.

10.10am: Prince William and best man Prince Harry leave Clarence House for Abbey in Bentley.

10.15am: Prince William and Prince Harry arrive at the Abbey.

10.20am: Members of foreign royal families arrive from Buckingham Palace. Kate's mother Carole Middleton and brother James leave The Goring.

10.25am: Minor Royals leave the Palace.

10.27am: Carole and James Middleton arrive at the Abbey.

10.30am: Minor Royals arrive.

10.35am: Princess Anne and husband Vice-Admiral Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew and his daughters Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice and Prince Edward and his wife Sophie leave Buckingham Palace.

10.38am: Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, leave Clarence House.

10.40am: The Queen and Prince Philip leave the Palace. Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and family arrive at Abbey.

10.42am: Charles and Camilla arrive at Abbey.

10.45am: The Queen and Prince Philip arrive.

10.48am: Maid of honour Pippa Middleton and bridesmaids and pages Margarita Armstrong Jones, eight, Lady Louise Windsor, seven, Eliza Lopes, three, and Grace van Cutsem, three, and pages Billy Lowther Pinkerton, ten, and Tom Pettifer, eight leave The Goring for the Abbey.

10.51am: Here comes the bride. Kate and her father Michael leave The Goring by Rolls-Royce for Abbey, travelling slowly via The Mall and Horse Guards Parade and giving crowds a first glimpse of THE dress.

10.55am: The bridesmaids and pages arrive.

11.00am: The bride arrives. Marriage service begins, relayed by loudspeakers along route and shown on screens in Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square.

12.15pm: William and Kate's Carriage Procession with a Captain's Escort of the Household Cavalry, followed by the Queen's Procession with Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry, leaves Abbey for the Palace. The couple will use 1902 State Landau, unless it rains, when they will use the Glass Coach.

12.30pm: The Procession arrives at Buckingham Palace for Wedding Breakfast, hosted by the Queen. The newlyweds will be joined by more than 650 guests.

12.40pm: Royal Family and foreign royals arrive at Buckingham Palace, followed by other Wedding Breakfast guests.

1.25pm: The Queen and William and Kate break off from Wedding Breakfast, together with their families, to appear on balcony. Crowd awaits the balcony kiss.

1.30pm: Flypast by Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

3.30pm: Start of Middletons' party at The Goring for just over 100 family and friends who attended ceremony but were not invited to the Palace for afternoon or evening.

7.00pm: Prince of Wales hosts drinks reception followed by dinner and dance at the Palace for the couple and 300 close friends and family.

11.00pm: The Not Flippin' Invited Party at Mahiki, in Piccadilly, begins to get lively. The all-day street party may be attended by Royal rave companions who didn't make guest list - such as Virgin heir Sam Branson and Beatrice and Eugenie's boyfriends.


12.30am: Lights illuminating the Palace are turned off, just as US television audiences are tuning in.

6.00am: Prince Harry hosts 'Survivors' Breakfast' at Buckingham Palace.

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