Royal Weddings: Traditions and New Ideas

December 6, 2010

With the upcoming nuptials in Britain, people start to look back over the history of royal weddings. There is so much tradition involved, though each couple puts their own spin on it. Let’s take a look at some of the ceremonies and see how Kate Middleton and Prince William’s April 29th wedding will stack up. The full story, with more photos and videos, is below.

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Though this hierarchy doesn’t exist, or at least in the same way, in the United States, for most countries around the world these unions are not only about two people in love. They are political and nationalistic events and that fact usually presents itself in the marriage ceremony.

One of the most famous of the royal weddings was probably the mother’s of the soon to be married son. Princess Diana and Prince Charles tied the knot in 1981 at St. Paul’s Cathedral. She wore a full white gown with a very long train, as you can see in the photo above. It was a very traditional affair as many of these events are. Take a look at more royal unions here.

As far as English royals are concerned, they tend to get married at Westminster Abbey, or one of the popular churches in London, including St. Paul’s. The brides usually wear white gowns with a very long train. The couple usually is usually surrounded by guests and soldiers outside of the ceremony location, and there is typically a traditional kiss and wave to the crowds.

As Kate Middleton and Prince William’s April 29th wedding approaches there is much talk about the specific plans for their day. It will most likely take place at Westminster Abbey and will be in April. His brother Prince Harry will also be planning the bachelor party! Other details are being kept very quiet, though we have heard it will be traditional, but with their own modern spin. I can’t wait to see!

What do you think about the traditions that are involved with royal weddings? Are you interested in Princess Diana’s son’s nuptials, or does it not matter to you? Check out these pictures and video of his mom’s wedding and then leave me your comments below.

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Photos: Hussein

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