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Countdown to the Royal Wedding

Posted by on April 25, 2011 at 12:01 PM EST

royal wedding 2011The countdown to the Royal Wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William is underway!

It’s been 30 years since the last Royal Wedding (well, an interesting one anyway).  Prince Charles and Lady Di exchanged vowels on July 29, 1981.  750 million people watched on television.  Imagine, this was before the internet!  How many people will tune in this Friday to see Prince Charles and the late Lady Di’s son, Prince William wed Catherine Middleton?  This event is going to be huge to say the least.

As we countdown, let’s take a look at some of the difference and some of the similarities between  Lady Di and Prince Charles and Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Lady Diana Spencer was a mere 19 years of age when she met Prince Charles.  Kate Middleton was also 19 when she met Prince William.

Lady Diana was a school teacher at the time, and was used to running in the royal circles.  Her father was an Earl and she was accustomed to socializing with royalty.  Catherine is what is known as a commoner.  She met Prince William in college.

Prince Charles and Lady Di were courted for six month.  Their engagement lasted five months until they married that July. Quite the difference when it comes to Prince William and Kate Middleton.  They met in college, and courted for 8 years.  The only similarity here is that the two were engaged for five months as well.

Prince Charles and Lady Diana were wed at St. Paul’s Cathedral, which held more seating that the usual royal wedding location of Westminster Abbey.  Prince William and Catherine will be wed at Westminster Abbey, following royal tradition.

Lady Di arrived to the cathedral in a glass coach with her father.  Catherine Middleton will be arriving to Abbey in a Rolls Royce.

Prince Charles and Lady Diana requested that the words “obey” be taken out of the wedding vowels, which caused a bit of a stir at the time.  Prince William and Kate Middleton will do the same.  Not so controversial in these days.

Will you be watching the Royal wedding?  It begins at 4am ET this Friday.



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