The Royal Wedding
One of the biggest events in England’s history is with no doubt The Royal Wedding that took place on the 29th of April, 2011 at Westminster Abbey, London. Prince William and Kate Middleton, now known as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, got married on this wonderful Friday creating a historical ceremony watched by billions of people from all over the world. 1900 guests, thousands of curious visitors and billions of people via TV and the Internet witnessed this historical moment, when the Duke of Cambridge put the ring on his bride’s finger. The ceremony passed without hitch and despite fears of thundery showers and depressive forecasts the weather was favourable for such event.
The day started with the actual wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey, one of the most visited areas of London. The square was already crowded hours before the official starting time. This part of the event could be seen on screens by billions but was limited to guest participation only. Every eye was focused on the bride appearing in her gorgeous white wedding dress proceeding to the kindly smiling groom. The pronunciation of them being husband and wife, putting the ring on the bride’s finger and the first kiss inspired the audience into loud cheering.
From Westminster Abbey the young couple proceeded to Buckingham Palace on traditional horse-drawn carriages. First the appearance of waving William and Kate on the carriage, followed by The Queen further inspired the enthusiastic audience. Not surprisingly, the crowd gathered on the streets of London erupted into a fresh wave and followed the young couple all the way to Buckingham Palace. The most enthusiastic participants had been camping on the streets for days in order to acquire the best position and see the most important moments.
Arriving at Buckingham Palace the excited audience had to wait for a little while, until The Queen’s lunchtime reception finished. The hectic crowd created a never-seen atmosphere on the streets of London. At just before 1.30pm William and Kate kissed for the first time in public on the balcony of Buckingham Palace sending the crowd into wild cheering and celebration. The kiss was repeated when vintage Second World War airplanes flew past above The Palace as a sign of honour. Finally the ‘just married’ couple walked back to The Palace leaving the enthusiastic visitors with satisfaction and happiness.
The celebration has not finished here. The atmosphere was intense and young fans did not want to go home after such a great day, so London got transformed into an extremely lively, celebrating city. After-parties took place in the next coming days involving heavy pub and club visits, on-the-street celebrations and public events. The entire city was celebrating, hotels, restaurants and pubs were fully packed with happy people. Not only did The Royal Wedding become part of the British history but so did the following days.