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2011년 4월 29일 금요일

세기의 결혼식- 영국 왕실의 결혼식: Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding - Photo and Video

세기의 결혼식:  21세기 영국이 가진 모든 것 보여줬다


29일 치러진 윌리엄 왕세손과 캐서린 빈의 결혼식은 단순한 왕실 결혼 이상이었다. 찰스 왕세자와 고(故) 다이애나 결혼 이후 30년 만에 세계인의 이목이 영국왕실에 집중된 순간이었다.

'저물어가는 나라' 영국은 이 결혼식에 전통과 품위, 현대적인 감각을 더했다. 결혼식은 절차의 아름다움을 강조하는 영국 성공회의 특징을 잘 보여줬다. 악단, 합창, 사진, 케이크, 공군기, 결혼식 환영회 등 각 분야에서 영국 문화의 정수(精髓)를 보여줄 최고들이 이날 오전 웨스트민스터 사원에 집결했다. 세계 각국 언론이 모여들었고 유튜브 등 새롭게 등장한 소셜 미디어들도 영국 왕실의 결혼식을 세계에 중계했다.
고딕양식으로 지어져 장엄하고 엄숙한 분위기를 자아내는 영국 런던의 웨스트민스터 사원에서 29일 윌리엄 왕세손과 캐서린 빈의 결혼식이 열렸다. 사진 중앙에 하얀 드레스를 입은 캐서린 빈의 뒷모습이 조그맣게 보인다.

결혼식의 웅장하고 격조 높은 분위기를 조성하는 음악 연주는 런던 챔버 오케스트라(LCO)가 맡았다. LCO는 1921년에 설립된 영국에서 가장 오래된 전문 오케스트라다. 1920년에 설립된 영국 공군(RAF) 군악대 팡파르 팀 대원 7명도 LCO와 함께 연주했다. 선곡 역시 영국 국적이 적용됐다. 에드워드 엘가, 벤저민 브리튼, 본 윌리엄스 등 영국을 대표하는 작곡가들의 작품이 선율을 탔다.

웨일스 출신의 35세 젊은 작곡가 폴 멜러의 곡이 포함된 것은 의외였다. 그러나 파격조차도 정교하게 기획된 영국 문화 알리기의 산물이었다. 멜러를 선택한 것은 캐서린이 전통음악과 현대음악이 조화되길 원했기 때문이라고 일간 텔레그래프는 전했다. 젊고 유망한 작곡가와 그의 새로운 상상력을 알리는 무대로 결혼식을 활용한 것이다.

합창은 역사와 전통을 자랑하는 두 성가대가 맡았다. '웨스트민스터 사원 성가대'는 20명의 소년 성가대원과 12명의 성인으로 구성됐다. 함께 노래한 '왕실 교회 성가대'의 역사는 노르만 왕조로 거슬러 올라간다. 두 성가대 모두 왕실 결혼식을 비롯해 영국이 국가적 차원에서 주최하는 큰 행사를 주로 맡았다.

결혼식 공식 사진사는 휴고 버난드다. 그는 2005년 찰스 왕세자와 카밀라의 결혼식, 찰스 왕세자의 환갑 사진을 찍었다. 왕실은 "저명한 인물 사진사인 버난드가 이전에도 윌리엄 왕세손, 대처 총리, 빅토리아 베컴 등 유명 인사들의 사진을 찍어왔다"고 공식 홈페이지를 통해 설명했다.

미국·프랑스와 함께 공군기 산업 분야에서 경쟁해 온 영국 공군의 위용도 결혼 축하 비행을 통해 과시했다. 윌리엄 부부가 버킹엄궁에서 키스를 하자 2차 세계대전에서 활약한 랭커스터 폭격기와 스핏파이어 전투기, 리비아 공습에 참여한 최신예 전폭기 타이푼과 토네이도가 버킹엄궁 상공을 날았다. 영국 왕실이 보유한 세계 최고급 차량도 등장했다. 캐서린은 롤스로이스 팬텀VI를 타고 웨스트민스터 사원으로 향했고 윌리엄은 벤틀리를 탔다.

결혼식 환영 리셉션은 파티 기획자로 세계적인 명성을 자랑하는 페레그린 암스트롱 존스가 맡았다. 그는 데이비드 베컴 부부 결혼식, 엘리자베스 2세 여왕의 연회 등도 기획했다. 왕실은 25만파운드(약 4억4000만원)를 주고 그에게 파티를 맡긴 것으로 알려졌다.

리셉션에 쓰일 케이크는 영국의 유명 케이크 디자이너인 피오나 케언즈가 제작했다. 케이크는 여러 층으로 이루어진 전통적인 과일 케이크였다. 윌리엄이 어렸을 때부터 즐겨 먹었던 초콜릿 비스킷 케이크도 별도 제작했다. 왕실 공식 하피스트인 클레어 존스(26)는 리셉션에서 하프를 연주했다.


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Image: Britain's Prince William posing with his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and pageboys and bridesmaids.
A handout photo issued by Clarence House of Britain's Prince William posing with his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and their pageboys and bridesmaids (clockwise from bottom right) Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Eliza Lopes, Grace van Cutsem, Louise Windsor, Tom Pettifer, William Lowther-Pinkerton in the throne room at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London.
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A handout photo issued by Clarence House of Britain's Prince William posing with his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge in the throne room at Buckingham Palace Friday, April 29.

The Right Reverend Dr. John Hall, Dean of Westminster holds the wedding program, titled the Order of Service, before Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey.

Guests arrive at Westminster Abbey in the hours before the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton.

A marching band of guardsmen parades along The Mall before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Military bands play in London's Parliament Square ahead of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Prince William marries Kate Middleton in the wedding watched by millions around the world

Anne, the Princess Royal, arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrives at Westminster Abbey.

Carole Middleton, the mother of Kate Middleton, arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey for the wedding of her daughter to Britain's Prince William.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with the Dean of Westminster as she arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey.

Princess Eugenie of York and Princess Beatrice of York arrive to attend the royal wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey.

Britain's Prince William waves as he arrives with his brother Prince Harry at the West Door of Westminster Abbey for his wedding, in London on Friday.

Sister of Kate Middleton and Maid of honor, Philippa Middleton arrives at the Westminster Abbey for the wedding her sister to Prince William.

Kate Middleton waves as she rides next to her father, Michael, in a Rolls Royce on their way to Westminster Abbey for Kate's marriage to Britain's Prince William.

Kate Middleton arrives with her sister Philippa Middleton at the West Door of Westminster Abbey in London for her wedding to Britain's Prince William

Page-boy Tom Pettifer laughs as he arrives at Westminster Abbey with William Lowther-Pinkerton, Lady Louise Windsor and Margarita Armstrong-Jones for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

Bride Kate Middleton walks down the aisle with her father Michael at Westminster Abbey with her sister Philippa and other bridemaids following.

Catherine Middleton walks to the alter with her father Michael.

Catherine Middleton, holding the hand of her father Michael, gives her groom Prince William a big smile while joining him at the altar at the start of their wedding ceremony.

Guests at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton join the couple in singing hymns.

Prince William puts the ring on the finger of his bride Catherine Middleton in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. The ring was made from a nugget of Welsh gold.

An aerial view of Westminster Abbey as bride Kate Middleton arrives on the hand of her father Michael Middleton. She was trailed by her sister and maid of honor, Pippa Middleton, as well as her bridesmaids and page boys.

Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Phillip travel in a closed-top carriage along the processional route from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace.

Prince William's father Prince Charles stands with Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, after the wedding ceremony of their children.

Prince William and his new wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge emerge from Westminster Abbey after their wedding ceremony.

Prince William and Catherine greet the thousands of people gathered along the processional route as they make their way in the 1902 State Landau carriage to Buckingham Palace.

Best man Prince Harry rides with two of the bridesmaids and a page boy in an Ascot Landau carriage along the processional route to Buckingham Palace after his brother's wedding ceremony.

Prince William, duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, ride along The Mall to Buckingham Palace following their marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

Prince William and his wife Catherine, now known as the duchess of Cambridge, wave from their open-topped carriage as they leave Westminster Abbey after their wedding ceremony.

Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. Thousands gathered outside the palace gates to witness the couples first public kiss as husband and wife.

Rachel Jane Eardley and Diane Pallett put the finishing touches to the royal wedding cake, that Fiona Cairns and her team created for Prince William and Princess Catherine, in the Picture Gallery of Buckingham Palace.

Prince William and Princess Catherine approach Buckingham Palace by carriage procession following their marriage at Westminster Abbey.

Prince Charles makes the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following his son's wedding at Westminster Abbey.

Prince William and his wife Catherine exit the 1902 State Landau carriage as they arrive at Buckingham Palace after their wedding in Westminster Abbey.

Prince William, who has been given the title of The Duke of Cambridge, greets Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her husband Tim Mathieson at Buckingham Palace in London after his wedding.


Members of the public gather along the Mall and around the Queen Victoria Memorial as they await Prince William and his wife Catherine's appearance

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Britain's Prince William's wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, smiles as they travel in the 1902 State Landau carriage along the Processional Route to Buckingham Palace. The tiara was her "something borrowed" and was loaned to her by the queen. Her earings were a wedding gift from her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton. The diamond-set stylized oak leaves were created by Robinson Pelham, and feature a pear-shaped diamond set drop and a pave set diamond acorn suspended in the center.


The Imperial State Crown is the most famous of the British monarchy’s crowns. It is made up of many gemstones, including the diamond known as the Second Star of Africa, which is the second largest stone cut diamond in the world. The Queen wears the Imperial State Crown at the State Opening of Parliament at Westminster Abbey in 2002.

Queen Mary, grandmother to Queen Elizabeth, purchased this tiara in 1921 from the collection of the Grand Duchess Vladimir, aunt of Tsar Nicholas II, for whom the tiara was made. A note about the necklace: According to the Royal Collection, it was given to Queen Mary as a gift on her first visit to India as the British Queen Empress. It is made up of emeralds and later had added to it an 8.8 carat marquise diamond cut from the Cullinan Diamond.

Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara with Emerald:The 1880s creation is made up of 15 intertwined diamond-set ovals. Pendant emeralds hang from the ovals, but they can be interchanged with pearls. Queen Elizabeth II now owns the tiara her grandmother purchased about 90 years ago. 

Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara with Pearls:The Queen wears the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara with pearls alongside Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, the wife of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani during a State visit at Windsor Castle in 2010. 

The Spencer Family Tiara: The Princess of Wales wears the Spencer Family Tiara on her wedding day on July 29, 1981. The tiara is a circle of scrolling acanthus leaves and star flowers with diamonds.

The Queen was crowned with the Imperial State Crown by the Archbishop of Canterbury during her coronation ceremony in June 1953. The new Queen waves to the crowd from the balcony at Buckingham Palace. Her children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, stand alongside. According to the Royal Collection, it is made up of more than 3,000 gems.

The Boucheron Tiara was left to the Queen Mother by her friend the Honorable Mrs. Greville upon her death. The tiara was made by the French jeweler Boucheron in London in January 1921. The tiara was lent by Queen Elizabeth to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who wore the tiara to the Queen's Banquet for Commonwealth Heads of Government in November 2007 in Uganda.

Queen Elizabeth, wearing the King George VI Victorian Sapphire Suite, sits alongside then-President Bill Clinton at the Guildhall in June 1994 prior to attending a banquet for the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. The suite is made up of a tiara, earrings and necklace and although it has been altered through the years, it was originally a gift from the Queen’s father, King George VI in 1947.

The Queen wears the Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara to a State banquet with President of Mexico Felipe Calderon at Buckingham Palace in 2009. The original necklace and earrings were a gift from the people of Brazil for her coronation in 1953. She later had the tiara made to match.

The Queen’s Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara was displayed at the “Dress for the Occasion” exhibition at Buckingham Palace in 2006. In the early 1970s the Queen’s tiara was altered to include jewels given to the Queen by the Governor of São Paulo 15 years after her coronation.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Consort, make an appearance after their coronation ceremony with Queen Mary and the young princesses Elizabeth and Margaret on the Buckingham Palace balcony in 1937. The Queen Consort is wearing the coronation crown that includes the famous 106 carat Koh-i-Noor Diamond.

The Duchess of Teck Rose and Crescent Tiara, the Strathmore Rose Tiara and the Delhi Durbar Tiara rest on display. In 1998 the Queen loaned all three to be displayed for the first time for a charity event.

The rubies and diamonds in the Burmese Ruby Tiara came from the Queen’s private collection. She received the 96 rubies as a wedding present in 1947 from the Burmese people, after whom the tiara is named.

Princess Diana wears the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara to a banquet in New Zealand in 1983. The Queen gave Diana the tiara as a wedding present. Queen Mary was the original owner of the tiara, made by Garrard in 1914, but it has been seen the world over being worn by Diana through the years. It was returned to the Queen after Diana’s death in 1997.

The newly crowned Queen poses with her husband, Prince Philip, at Buckingham Palace on her coronation day in June 1953. These days the Queen’s Imperial State Crown travels in its own carriage ahead of the Queen, who only puts the crown on for the state opening of Parliament each year.

The Queen wears the Kokoshnik Tiara in Turkey on a State visit in 2008. The tiara was originally a gift for Queen Alexandra in 1888 for her silver wedding anniversary.

Princess Margaret wore the Poltimore Tiara on her wedding day and parts were also worn as a necklace at various points throughout her life. It was later auctioned at Christie’s in 2006 for over 1.5 million dollars.

Queen Elizabeth II wears the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, which was given to her as a wedding present by Queen Mary in 1947. It was first given to Queen Mary as a gift for her wedding, with money raised by a committee - “Girls of Great Britain and Ireland.”

The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, collected clothing coupons for her wedding dress, as Britain was still recovering from World War II. However, she was given this diamond and silver tiara by her grandmother on her wedding day when she married Prince Philip in Westminster Abbey in 1947.


Royal Fashions

From flashy fascinators to sophisticated coats, see how guests of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding got decked out for this historic occasion. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrive at Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

The daughters of Earl Spencer sit in the pews at Westminster Abbey.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson arrives at the royal wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey.

Spain's Prince Felipe is flanked by Princess Letizia and Spain's Queen Sofia outside of Westminster Abbey.

Prince Harry's sometime girlfriend Chelsy Davy (center), in turquoise Alberta Ferretti, arrives at the royal wedding.

Britain's Labour leader Ed Miliband and fiancee Justine Thornton leave after the wedding ceremony in Westminster Abbey on April 29.

Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez leave Westminster Abbey after the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco leave after the wedding ceremony in Westminster Abbey.

Lord Frederick and his wife, Sophie Winkleman, leave after the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey.

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel, the Duke of Vastergotland, arrive at Westminster Abbey before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall arrive at Westminster Abbey before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Guests arrive at Westminster Abbey in London for the royal wedding.


Life of Queen

The future Queen Elizabeth is seen here as a young girl with her mother, affectionately known as "Queen Mum," and her younger sister, Princess Margaret, in 1930.

Princess Elizabeth sits side-saddle in her uniform as colonel-in-chief of the Grenadier Guards in this 1947 photo.

Princess Elizabeth wears a silver gown with a diamond tiara and pearl necklace in this formal portrait taken in August 1949.

Princess Elizabeth stands with her husband, Prince Philip, and their first two children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, at Clarence House, the royal couple's London residence. The photo was taken in August 1951.

Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the Imperial Crown, carries the symbols of royal authority, the orb and sceptre, as she leaves Westminster Abbey at the end of her coronation ceremony on June 2, 1953.

Prince Charles, uncharacteristically sporting a moustache, proceeds through the nave of Westminster Abbey after installing him as Great Master of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath on May 28, 1975. Following him is his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who performed the ceremony, which also marked the 250th anniversary of the order.

Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Charles and his fiancée Lady Diana Spencer at Buckingham Palace on March 27, 1981.

Queen Elizabeth and Pope John Paul II meet at the Vatican on Oct. 17, 2000.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip ride in the Golden State Carriage at the head of a parade from Buckingham Palace to St Paul's Cathedral to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee on June 4, 2002.

The Prince of Wales and his new bride Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (center), with their families in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony on April 9, 2005. Seen standing (from left) are Prince Harry, Prince William and Tom and Laura Parker Bowles. Seated are the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth and Camilla's father, Major Bruce Shand.

Prince Harry smiles broadly as his grandmother Queen Elizabeth reviews him and other officers during the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in Surrey to mark the completion of their training in April 2006.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth meets the public during a walkabout to celebrate her 80th birthday in Windsor, England. The queen was born on April 21, 1926, and ascended the throne in February 1952

U.S. President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh pose for a picture at the Grand Foyer of the White House for a State Dinner in Washington, May 7, 2007.

To mark their diamond-wedding anniversary on November 20, 2007, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip re-visit Broadlands, where 60 years ago, they spent their wedding night. Broadlands in Hampshire had been the home of Prince Philip's uncle, Earl Mountbatten.

Queen Elizabeth II attends the Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on November 9, 2008 in London. This year is the 90th Anniversary of the end of the First World War.

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are welcomed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Buckingham Palace on April 1, 2009.


Royal Fans

Victoria Memorial is filled with well-wishers celebrating the royal wedding on April 29, in London.

Children wave British flags next to a police officer during the wedding in London.

Police officers lead throngs of royal supporters towards Buckingham Palace on the mall in London.

Revellers party on Leonard Street to celebrate the royal wedding.

Crowds cheer as Britain's Prince William, and his brother and best man Prince Harry, arrive at Westminster Abbey.

Fans waiting for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in Whitehall, London.

Crowds cheer as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves Buckingham Palace.

Royal fans dressed as brides wait with many others for the beginning of the royal wedding near Buckingham Palace in London on Friday, April 29.

Members of the public line the streets before the wedding in central London on Friday.

Royal supporters hold British Union Jack flags in Hyde Park in central London on Friday.


World Reaction

Students gather to watch the wedding on a large screen at St. Andrews University, in Scotland, on Friday.

Nehrnoosh Aryanpour, Sara Nowroozalizadeh and Nina Brantley watch the royal wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan. They were among the many expatriates who had gatherings today to watch the royal wedding take place in London.

People gather at Lyon Bouchon Moderne in New York City to to watch the royal wedding on Friday, April 29.

People watch the royal wedding on tv at Siam Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand.

Carly Gersch, Patty Konwinski and Diane Zbikowski watch royal wedding coverage at the home of Monnie Nyenhuis in Grand Rapids, Mich.

People watch the royal wedding in Times Square in New York, on April 29.

Royal enthusiasts watch the royal wedding at a cinema in Munich, southern Germany, on April 29.

British soldiers in Afghanistan play a game of Scrabble as they watch the live broadcast of the royal wedding at Camp Bastion in Helmand province, on April 29.

Men watch the royal wedding on television at a cafe in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 29.

Members of the Indian International Women's Club celebrate the Royal Wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton in Calcutta, India, on April 29.

Workers complete a pair of brick murals featuring the faces of Prince William and Catherine Middleton near Sydney, Australia on on April 28. The two murals contain 8,300 bricks and 7,500 half bricks of different shades, will stay in place for three months to celebrate the royal wedding in London.

A Peruvian shaman performs in front of a photo of the Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 27.


Security

Police officers walk down The Mall before the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton in central London Friday, April 29.

Police officers arrest a man as he tries to get into Westminter Abbey in London, where the royal wedding will take place.

A fan of Prince William and Kate Middleton chats with a policeman a day ahead of the royal wedding, April 28, in London. Security will be tight on the wedding day, with Britain on its second highest threat level meaning an attack by militants is considered "highly likely."

A man is questioned by police outside Westminster Abbey April 28

Police carry out security checks prior to Prince William and Kate Middleton visiting Westminster Abbey for a final rehearsal on April 27.

Police bomb squad search teams explore the drains outside Westminster Abbey, April 27.

Police and their dogs do a security check at Westminster Abbey, April 27.

People walk through a security gate barrier near Westminster Abbey, April 27.


Royal Tradition



Kate is new to the royal family but some of the traditions for a royal wedding date back hundreds of years. Take a look at some that Kate might follow.


Diana, Princess of Wales carried a sprig of myrtle in her bouquet. A tradition started with the bouquet of another royal bride, Queen Victoria in February 1840. Queen Victoria planted the shrub of myrtle on the Isle of Wight in 1840. Myrtle, the "herb of love," is a fragrant plant with star-like flowers. 


In this photo: Prince Charles and Princess Diana pose with members of the royal family at Buckingham Palace on July 29, 1981, following their wedding.

Brides wearing white on their wedding day actually began with British royalty. Queen Victoria started the fashion trend in February 1840 when she married her German cousin, Prince Albert. 
In this photo: Queen Victoria on her wedding day.

Travel by Coach: Carriage processions usually take the royal couple and members of the royal family to and from the wedding venue. However, Kate will be traveling by car to Westminster Abbey and not in the 1881 Glass Coach, which is traditionally used by royal brides, like Diana. Prince William and Catherine will take a carriage together from Westminster Abbey to the palace after they say, "I do." Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, took the 1902 State Landau carriage from St. Paul's Cathedral to Buckingham Palace after they said their vows. 

A good luck Charms: A good-luck token, a tiny gold, diamond-studded horseshoe was sewn into Lady Diana Spencer's wedding gown. She also had a pochette, an envelope-shaped handbag, and, in case of bad weather, a wedding umbrella was designed to match her dress. 
In this photo: Accessories worn and carried by Lady Diana Spencer when she wed the Prince of Wales on July 29, 1981.

Supporters vs Best Man: If the bridegroom is a member of the royal family, he traditionally has supporters instead of a best man. Prince Andrew and Prince Edward served as supporters to Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on his wedding day. A non-royal bridegroom marrying a royal bride traditionally does have a best man. Prince William broke tradition in the official announcement of the wedding party on Valentine's Day. The engaged prince asked his brother, Prince Harry, to serve as his best man, rather than his supporter. 
In this photo: The wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London, July 29, 1981.

Something Old, Something New: Diana’s wedding dress was made of white English silk, with a tight bodice and a full skirt. She also fulfilled the conditions of the old English tradition later emulated in the United States, "Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue." The silk spun from English silkworms was new, the antique lace covering it old, the diamond tiara holding on her veil and a pair of earrings borrowed from her family and a bow sewn into the waistband of her dress blue. The same lace maker supplied the material for Diana's dress and later Sarah Ferguson's dress. 
In this photo: Matthew Watson of Roger Watson Lace in Nottingham holds lace, identical to that used on Princess Diana's wedding dress in 1981.

Courtesy to the Queen: There is no obligatory code of behavior when meeting Her Majesty, just courtesy. However, many of the thousands of people who meet the Queen each year wish to observe the traditional forms of greeting. For men this is a neck bow from the head only while women do a small curtsey. Others simply shake the Queen’s hand in the usual manner. On greeting The Queen, the correct formal address is 'Your Majesty,' and then, simply 'Ma'am'. 
In this photo: Lady Gaga curtseys to the Queen upon meeting Her Majesty after the Royal Variety Performance in December 2009 in Blackpool, England.

In an informal tradition, well-wishers camp out along the royal wedding procession route to and from the ceremony. Up to a million people filled central London along the route from Buckingham Palace to St. Paul's Cathedral to cheer for Prince Charles and Lady Diana. As the couple said their vows, crowds listened outside on loudspeakers, and radios could be heard throughout the cathedral. The crowds cheered loudly when the trumpets in the cathedral announced the arrival of the bride. And they grew even louder as the newlyweds returned to the palace and kissed on the balcony. The wedding day of Prince William and Catherine has been declared a national holiday as was the wedding day of Prince William's parents. 
In this photo: Women wear patriotic costumes as they wait for the royal newlyweds Charles and Diana, on July 29, 1981 in London.

Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, known later as the Queen Mother, married King George VI, in 1923. Her wedding bouquet was placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, starting a tradition that all royal brides have followed by laying their bouquets on the grave in Westminster Abbey after the wedding 
In this photo: People file past the tomb of the Unknown Warrior to view the marriage register signed by the royal couple of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh after their wedding in Westminster Abbey, London on Nov. 21, 1947.

Kiss the Bride: Newlyweds and members of the royal family always make an appearance from Buckingham Palace by waving to the crowd from the balcony that overlooks the Victoria Monument. In recent history, the balcony appearance has included a kiss as well. After the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, the Prince kissed his bride, which he had not done at Westminster Abbey, and the crowd cheered. When Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson made their balcony appearance after their wedding ceremony, they were greeted with chants, "Give us a kiss." The Duke of York kissed his bride. 
In this photo Prince Andrew kisses Sarah on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their wedding at Westminister Abbey on July 24, 1986.


Designers Sketch Dream Wedding Tiaras

According to tradition, a royal bride wears a tiara on her wedding day. Queen Elizabeth II wore a tiara for her wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh, as did Princess Diana, who wore the famous diamond Spencer tiara, a family heirloom. Which tiara will princess-to-be Kate Middleton wear if she so chooses for her April 29 wedding to Prince William? 
In anticipation of this royal accessory, InStyle asked some of its favorite jewelry designers what they would design for Middleton's special day. 

Chopard, a jewelry house founded in 1860, designed a tiara that features hundreds of pear-shaped and round diamonds. Marion Cotillard and Kate Beckinsale are just a few of the celebrity fans who love this jewelry. 

Designers (and sisters-in-law) Radhika and Gauri Tandon, who are behind Isharya, have a young Hollywood following, with fans such as Keri Hilson, Selena Gomez and Hilary Duff, so they wanted something more modern for Middleton. "When envisioning a contemporary tiara for Kate's upcoming nuptials to Prince William, Isharya took inspiration from its own shattered mirror glass collection," the Tandons said.

"A tiara is the ultimate piece of jewelry to make a woman feel truly special for any affair," explained Guy Bedarida, head designer and creative director for John Hardy, whose designs have landed on Carrie Underwood, Vanessa Hudgens and Rihanna. "There is a movement to the design just like a wind of youth blowing in the air, and I was inspired to create a piece that is light and understatedly elegant, just like the future princess." 

"Every time I go to London, I always visit the Crown Jewels, which always inspire me," said Judith Ripka, who has decorated Hollywood stars like Christina Hendricks and Brooke Shields since founding her jewelry company in 1977. "When Prince William and Kate announced their engagement, I could not help but start sketching what I believe to be the perfect tiara for Kate to wear on such a special day." The result is shown here. 

"There is nothing like the beauty of Mother Nature to make us feel wholly human — a grand way to start a life together," said Cathy Waterman, who counts Leighton Meester, Dianna Agron and Julia Roberts as fans.

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