Thousands of details for the upcoming Royal Wedding are being planned, and the Royal Carriage has just been chosen to carry Prince William and his bride Princess Kate on their wedding day! In a move that disturbed fans of the Royal Family, Kate has chosen to arrive at Westminster Abbey via car, not coach! Perhaps the royal bride wanted to minimize comparisons to her Princess Diana’s wedding, or she felt that she was arriving as a commoner and would leave in a royal carriage as royalty.
The line up of horses that will lead the procession of Royal Carriages is currently being chosen, and you can see how the coaches are cared for and get a close-up view in the video below.
But here’s what I want to know: How do they train those horses to avoid pooping right in front of the newly wed Prince and Princess??
The open coach was manufactured in 1902 for King Edward VII, and it is frequently used by Her Majesty The Queen when she entertains foreign dignitaries.
And what if – horrors – it rains on the day of the wedding of the century? Fear not, the Palace has a plan! In case of a rainy day on April 29, an enclosed glass carriage will be used instead of the open-topped carriage. This is the very same coach that carried Princess Diana and Prince Charles on their royal wedding in 1981. Do you remember that magical feeling of watching a fairy tale come true as Diana stepped out of the glass carriage for the very first time in her ivory gown?
If you are disappointed that Kate won’t be arriving at Westminster Abbey in a carriage and worried that she may arrive in a beat-up sedan, never fear! The Royal Family’s Rolls Royce Phantom VI will bring Princess Kate and Michael Middleton to the wedding in style. This luxury vehicle is currently being repaired, as it suffered minor damage when rioters pelted the car which held Prince Charles and Camilla several months ago. Palace officials are unworried about the damage; it was just paint and other body work that needs attention, yet it takes a while to address as the parts for this Rolls Royce must be custom ordered. However, it does remain to be seen how Carole Middleton will get to the ceremony.
After the one hour wedding ceremony, a procession of five carriages will leave Westminster Abbey carrying the wedding party:
- William and Kate
- The best man (Prince Harry), the bridesmaid (Kate’s sister, Pippa), along with the young pages and bridesmaids
- The Queen and Prince Philip
- Michael and Carole Middleton
- Prince Charles and Camilla
I have come across all kinds of royal wedding souvenirs, from the breathtakingly beautiful to the outright wacky – however – I have not yet seen any replica royal carriages for sale! What are you royal wedding memorabilia manufacturers waiting for? We might want tiny carriages to display on our mantels and full sized replicas for use with our horses!
Will you watch Princess Kate get the ride of her life in one of these historic carriages live? Or will you sleep through the wedding (in USA timezones) and watch the royal wedding videos later?