Friday, April 29, 2011. That's when Prince William and Kate Middleton will walk down the aisle. The couple will say their 'I do's' in Westminster Abbey where British kings and queens are crowned. Prince William's private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, said the couple chose the abbey because of it's beauty, intimacy and history. "Even at the altar, it seems like a parish church," he said.
William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and her mother both married at Westminster Abbey. It is also where Princess Diana's funeral was held in September of 1997.
While the guest list is still a work in progress, the Palace says the royal family and the Middletons will pay for the wedding, reception and honeymoon. "All parties involved in the wedding, not least Prince William and Miss Middleton, want to ensure that a balance is struck between an enjoyable day and the current economic situation," Lowther-Pinkerton said.
William and Kate are very involved in the planning and "are very, very keen indeed that the spectacle should be a classic example of what Britain does best."
The government said the wedding date will be a public holiday in England, Wales and North Ireland. Scotland is also expected to make it a public holiday.
"The couple are completely over the moon," Lowther-Pinkerton added. "They are on cloud nine... I've never seen two happier people."