So the big date has been announced; next year’s Royal Wedding will take place on 29th April and already a huge number of royal wedding / kate&wills wedding related web domain names have sprung up across the world in an effort to cash in on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big day.
Yet how will this wedding compare to the 1981 ‘fairytale’ wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981?
Already, William and Kate have stated their desire to personally control the organisation of their wedding, giving the Royal Household clear direction on all aspects of the big day.
And so heads of state and dignitaries are likely to be joined by volunteers of charities supported by William and Kate, as well as close friends from their university days.
Mindful of the current economic situation, the happy couple are also keen to balance giving the public a ‘right royal celebration’ with an awareness of the financial difficulties facing the country.
And in contrast to previous royal celebrations, the wedding – including the church service costs, music, flowers, reception, honeymoon and most importantly the dress – will be paid for by the Royal and Middleton families, with the public bearing additional costs such as security.
And how will this modern wedding sit with the Royal Family’s somewhat formal and traditional reputation? The wedding could be viewed as a great opportunity for the Royal Family to refresh their image and demonstrate their significant value both at home and abroad.
Prince William is positioning himself as a thoroughly modern future monarch and regardless of what may be said about the upcoming nuptials, I for one am more than a little curious about the details of the future Queen’s wedding dress!
Rhiannon Griffiths is an account manager at Indigo.