The topic of the paper is one of the most interesting events of this spring ”“ the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which attracted attention of millions of people all over the world. This event was covered by all world mass media, and within six months (starting from the announcement of the engagement on November 16, 2010) practically every newspaper wrote numerous articles about the royal couple and the wedding, and TV channels showed dozens of stories devoted to the amorous couple and their families.
The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton took place on 29 April, 2011, which journalists called the “wedding of the century”ť. This was a luxurious celebration, at which were invited more than 2,000 guests: among the guests were representatives of the royal courts of Europe and many well-known public figures. Wedding speeches, gifts, greeting cards – all this was reflected in the gossip columns of the leading publications in the world. The live translation of the ceremony watched millions of people in all parts of the world.
In London on that day came more than a million tourists. At least 1 million people came into the streets of the British capital to see the wedding ceremony, the culmination of which was held at Westminster Abbey. Among the first to come were soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria, Elton John, film director Guy Ritchie, artists, soldiers, representatives of charitable and social organizations.
The royal service began at 11.00, and the Primate of the Church of England Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has officially proclaimed Prince William and Kate Middleton as husband and wife. After the wedding they will carry the title of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. William and Catherine have signed the official documents of the marriage, together with the wedding witnesses – Prince Harry and the younger sister of the bride, as well as parents of the newlyweds.
At the end of the wedding, William brought his wife by the arm under the bells of the Abbey, they sat in an open landau State in 1902, which proceeded to the Buckingham Palace. Procession came through Parliament Square, Whitehall, and was accompanied by riders of court ladies. William and Catherine all the way were welcomed by the spectators, standing on both sides of the route of the procession. The culmination of the festival was the appearance of the newlyweds and their families on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, and the first kiss of the couple. This happy moment saw 500,000 people from the square in front of the palace and the alley Mall. This tradition to stand at the balcony was born in 1858, during the reign of Queen Victoria. The first most famous kiss took place on a balcony in 1981, when Prince Charles kissed Diana.
At the end of the ceremony over the center of London’s flew seven military aircraft of the Royal Air Force of Great Britain of different eras – from the famous “Spitfires”ť during World War II to modern fighter jets. That was the end of the public part of wedding celebrations, after which 650 guests went to lunch on behalf of the Queen at Buckingham Palace.