Only 10 days to go till Prince William & Kate Middleton tie the knot in what will surely be a massive historical event.
St. James’s Palace announced three important bits of updates today:
(1) The Middleton Coat of Arms Unveiled: The three acorns represent Mike & Carole Middleton’s three children (Kate, Pippa & James). Acorns represent West Berkshire, where they grew up. Additionally, oak is a long-established symbol of both ‘England’ and ‘Strength.’
The gold chevron, which sits at the centre of the design, represents Carole Middleton, whose maiden name is Goldsmith. The two thinner chevrons represent hills and mountains and outdoor pursuits that the family enjoy together.
After her marriage, Kate Middleton will place her father’s Arms beside those of her husband in what is known as an impaled Coat of Arms. This will require a Royal Warrant from The Queen.
(2) Official Souvenir Wedding Programme. An official programme of the Royal Wedding will be published and sold by Explorer Scouts and Cadets for £2 per copy at various London locations. It will include the full Order of Service, a personal message of thanks from Prince William and Kate, and a never-before-seen photo of the couple taken by photographer Mario Testino.
The Programme will also be available to download for free from the Official Royal Wedding website from 24 hours before the wedding.
(3) Online Coverage of the Royal Wedding. How exciting! A range of online platforms (Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr) are set to share the Royal Wedding to the world.
- Broadcast footage of the Royal Wedding will be streamed live via The Royal Channel in YouTube accompanied by a live blog put together by St. James’s Palace.
- Clarence House will tweet live updates on the day
- The British Monarchy’s Facebook page will be updated hourly. A Facebook ‘event’ has been added, and a ‘Stories’ app will be launched a week before the wedding, enabling the public to share their plans and experiences come wedding day.
- The British Monarchy’s Flickr account will also release additional photos in the coming days
- A Video Wedding Book has been launched. It invites anyone to upload their own video of congratulations to the happy couple
- And of course, everything is tied up nicely by the Official Royal Wedding website, which will provide updates regularly, releasing invaluable details as the day comes — such as Kate’s mysterious wedding gown.
Read more about the Royal Wedding’s online presence.
St. James’s Palace also says that William & Kate are fully in charge of every detail of their wedding. A spokesman said: “There are a few minor tweaks still happening to the service at the Abbey but pretty much everything has now been decided. The couple has really thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating their big day. The couple has been very much in charge of their day. They have been responsible for every detail, from smallest detail of the canapés that will be eaten at the reception to the venue and the carriages. No decision has been taken that hasn’t been passed by them and that they haven’t offered an opinion about.”
Other William & Kate News:
- CNN: From veteran royal photographer Arthur Edwards: William proud of Kate; wants marriage to last forever
- ABC (Video): Camilla’s nephew speaks out about William & Kate
- The Sun: Romantic William is keeping honeymoon location secret from his bride
- The Sun: Never-before-seen university photos of Kate Middleton from 2002
- Daily Mail: Security operation to protect William & Kate on their big day
- Daily Mail: Just how rich are the Middletons?
- Daily Mail: Kate’s infamous Uncle Gary – how he’s preparing for the big day
- Express: Spotlight on some of Kate Middleton’s relatives and what they do
- Daily Mail: The latest name to emerge from the wedding dress designer rumour list? Kate herself!
- Column: Kate Middleton is the new royal star, but let us remember the others