Having been touched by the goodwill shown to them since their engagement, they have asked that anyone wishing to send them a wedding gift consider doing so in the form of a donation to the fund. The fund will focus on assisting charities which support the five causes close to couple’s hearts and reflect the experiences, passions and values of their lives so far.
A new website, the Prince William & Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund, has been launched. People can send their gifts through credit card, snail mail, telephone or mobile (UK numbers). You can simultaneously send a goodwill message to the couple with the gift. 26 smaller and underexposed charities with no royal patronage have been selected by William & Kate to benefit from your present.
For more details:
Prince William & Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund
Article explaining some of the charities chosen: Telegraph
Official news regarding the MUSIC for the Royal Wedding…
Apparently, previous reports saying James Blunt would be playing the organ in the Abbey are false (report here). He was joking, as confirmed by reps, and will NOT be playing. Instead, two choirs, one orchestra and two fanfare teams will perform the music at the Wedding Service of Prince William and Kate Middleton. They are:
- The Choir of Westminster Abbey: made up of 20 boys & 12 professional adult singers
- The Chapel Royal Choir: made up of 10 Children of the Chapel, boy choristers, & 6 Gentlemen-in-Ordinary professional singers. They do weekly services at St. James’s Palace
- The London Chamber Orchestra: conducted by Mr Christopher Warren-Green, comprises 39 musicians
- The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force: 7 musicians providing musical support to the Royal Air Force
- The State Trumpeters of The Household Cavalry: musicians from both The Band of The Life Guards and The Band of The Blues and Royals.
Both Prince William and Kate Middleton have taken a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their Service, which will include a number of well-known hymns and choral works as well as some specially-commissioned pieces. They were spotted leaving the Abbey with Prince Charles the other week to listen to the choir and select the music.
Article: Official Royal Wedding Website
The Band of the Welsh Guards, who are said to play during the carriage ride back to Buckingham Palace and during William & Kate’s appearance on the balcony, has signed a £1m record contract to release the songs it will perform at the royal wedding. Article: BBC
For the Buckingham Palace reception hosted by the Queen, Prince Charles’ official harpist, 26-year-old Claire Jones, will play for the guests. Article: Daily Mail
SPOTTED: On Tuesday, while Prince William was jetting off to New Zealand to visit disaster areas, Kate Middleton joined her future in-laws – Prince Charles and Camilla – to see a ballet at the Royal Opera House. The trio saw the final performance of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Kate sat in between Charles and Camilla. A private outing, they were largely unnoticed during the performance. It was only in the end when the cast turned to curtsy when the public knew of the royal audience. Still waiting for pictures to surface…
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- Express: Gibraltar given last minute royal invite as Charles & Camilla skip the region during tour
- Telegraph: Kate’s parents fuel “cashing in” talks as their party business sells Britannia scratch cards
- Daily Mail: Kate Middleton’s piano teacher composes as song for her as wedding present
- Telegraph: Comedy of errors: Royal Wedding mug featuring Kate and Harry
- Hello! Blog: That dress! Judy Wade’s column on keeping the wedding dress a secret and how busy Kate must be these days
- Hello! Magazine: Kate on the cover again this week
- Press Association: Body language experts say William & Kate have “industrial-strength” rapport
- Daily Beast (Pictures): Kate Middleton, Princess Diana, the Queen and other royals in bikinis / swimwear
- Daily Mail: Zara Phillips at Cheltenham wearing a coat similar to Kate’s