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Inside the Royal Wedding

A18 The World The Washington Post THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011 EZ M2 Inside the royal wedding The main event If everything goes as planned, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be the 16th royal couple to The ceremony will be conducted by the dean of the Abbey, the Very Rev. John Hall. The archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will marry the couple, and the address will be given by the bishop of London, the Right Rev. Richard Chartres. say "I do" in Westminster Abbey. Founded as a Benedictine monastery in the 10th century, the Abbey has been the venue for the coronation of almost every English and British monarch since William the Conqueror. What to watch for Friday morning: North Transept Lady Chapel High Altar The floor in front of the High Altar, where the ceremony takes place, is called the Cosmati West Towers The two west towers, completed in 1745, were the last major Pavement. It is composed of more than 30,000 pieces of construction work to be carried out on the Abbey. porphyry, onyx and glass. 225 ft Chapter House On the red carpet Sitting at the ceremony The best seats in the house are reserved for the British royals and the Middletons. In a break with tradition, relatives of William's late mother will sit across the aisle from the royal family instead of on The aisle will be covered with a red carpet, just as it was for Queen Elizabeth Il's wedding in 1947. Sarah Ferguson opted for a blue carpet for her 1986 nuptials. the same side. Great Middleton Royal family Bride and West family groom Door North Transept Nave Quire - High altar After entering through the Great West Door, Middleton and her The wedding party will proceed through the intricate Quire screen, on top of father will begin the four-minute walk down the aisle, past the guests seated in the Nave. which the London Chamber Orchestra Princess will sit, and into the Quire, where the choir sings daily services. Diana's relatives Scematic of the interior Quire Tight-lipped home town is protective of its lass South Transept Foreign royal families Great West Door Prince Prime Minister David Cameron, other senior Charles's invitees, charity workers, other guests from the tabloids. For two weeks anyway, in 2008. But lately the media have become a part of the fabric of the town. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and CNN's Piers Morgan dropped in this week, hot on the heels of BBC Vietnam. "I've been totally besieged," said John Haley, 55, who has been pulling pints for 15 years as the owner of the Old Boot Inn, the Middletons' favorite pub. Locals chat breezily about how Middleton, 29, attended schools in nearby Pangbourne and Wilt- shire, excelled at sports and traveled to Italy and Chile after high school, but no one dishes on anything with a whiff of controversy. "We're very protective," said Haley, who happily offers benign details, including where William and Kate, as he has always called her, like to sit in the pub (at the front of the bar, next to the fireplace). At one point, a German film crew strolled into the pub. Somehow they had heard that Haley does a thing with Top Trumps, a deck of playing cards popular in Britain that features celebrity faces, and could he show them? British politicians, clergy Locals offer innocuous tidbits about Kate' and share their enthusiasm, in a very British way After the wedding ceremony BY KARLA ADAM Five horse-drawn carriages will carry the royal couple and the wedding party from the Abbey to Buckingham Palace. The procession passes by some of London's most famous landmarks, as well as thousands of well- wishers lining the route. BUCKLEBURY, ENGLAND - Prince William fancies mint ice cream! Kate Middleton craves gummy candies! Those are the kind of scintillating details on tap here in Bucklebury, a town 55 miles west of London along narrow, winding roads that on a recent day were blocked temporarily by a slow- walking pheasant. Middleton grew up in this picturesque parish village and, until recently, worked out of her parent's mansion for Party Pieces, the family business. The town is famous for being fiercely protective of Middleton, who is known mostly as "Kate," though “Catherine" vexingly slips its way into conversations as well. The royal carriage If it's not raining, William and Middleton will ride in the 1902 State Landau, a carriage built for King Edward VII and now used mostly by the queen to meet foreign heads of state. Charles and Diana traveled in this carriage after their 1981 wedding, as did Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in 1986. In the event of rain, the newlyweds will ride in a glass coach. The 1902 State Landault is painted a light shade of maroon, richly adorned with gold leaf and upholstered in a crimson satin. "There's one particularly famous guy in here," the affable publican said. He flicked through the cards like a casino dealer, past a picture of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles, Middleton, flick, flick, Prin- cess Diana, the corgis, flick, flick, and then sudden- ly, Haley was staring at a picture of himself. "Why do they want me on there?" he said, grinning in a way that suggests he probably doesn't mind too much. But the town appears to be reconciling a preference for privacy with a natural pride in the local woman whose wedding to William will be Friday. Hash Shingadia, a grocer who is attending the royal wedding, is one of the locals handing out innocuous scraps of details to the many reporters roaming the town like hungry hyenas. The first time William the British throne – popped by his tiny grocery store, Shingadia said, he inquired about Wall's Vienetta mint ice cream. "Now we make sure it's always stocked for him," Shingadia told journalists from Australia, Bel- gium, Japan, England and the United States. (He also confirms that Catherine, as he has called her for the 13 years he's known her, loves Haribo gummy candies. He sent her a box as a wedding gift.) Bucklebury, population 2,000, is a discreetly wealthy village with enormous houses on enor- mous plots. It's the kind of place where William can land a Chinook helicopter in the field behind his girlfriend's house, repeatedly taking off and landing as part of a military training exercise or an elaborate attempt at flirtation, and keep it secret 11.8 ft 23 ft - the second in line to Haley will be at the wedding and then racing back to Bucklebury after the ceremony for a party at his pub at which he will hand out prizes for the best-dressed princes and princesses. The rest of the village is going party bonkers, too. Among the many events, the village is hosting fair on the green next to the Middletons', replete with morris dancers, champagne tents, sausages from the butcher (once he returns from the wedding) and duck racing. "Sheep racing is better, but since it's lambing season, we're having ducks," said Simon Kelly, the owner of the Bladebone pub, where Middleton's father orders fish-and-chips takeaways. After the fair, revelers are invited to Kelly's pub for a "knights and maidens" theme party. The village is tightknit and usually tight-lipped, said Sarah Clay, 21, a university student who looks eerily similar to Chelsy Davy, on-off girlfriend of Prince Harry's. "That's why they chose the countryside," she said of the residents. PARADE ROUTE Horses Guards Parade 1,000 River Thames FEET The Mall Downing Street GREEN PARK ST. JAMES PARK WESTMINSTER BRIDGE Houses of Parliament on washingtonpost.com Buckingham Palace Wedding bells and whistles Take a 3-D tour of Westminster Abbey and find video feeds, photo galleries, interactive graphics, trivia questions, a fictional princesses "bracket challenge," an FAQ on everything royal wedding, daily news updates and a wedding watch survival guide and timetable at washingtonpost.com/royal-wedding. And yet, she said, people are proud of their local princess-to-be, just in a British way, meaning they don't gush with enthusiasm but will drink a lot on the big day. For her part, Clay hopes the blaze of publicity will find its way to Harry. "I just want Harry to come here and marry me," she said matter-of-factly. Westminster Abbey SOURCES: The Royal Household, the dean and Chapter of Westminster. Aerial imaging and reference by Pictometry Imagery Copyright 2011 Blom ASA and GoogleEarth. ALBERTO CUADRA, SOHAIL AI-JAMEA, KAREN YOURISH AND LARIS KARKLIS /THE WASHINGTON POST adamk@washpost.com A18 The World The Washington Post THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011 EZ M2 Inside the royal wedding The main event If everything goes as planned, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be the 16th royal couple to The ceremony will be conducted by the dean of the Abbey, the Very Rev. John Hall. The archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will marry the couple, and the address will be given by the bishop of London, the Right Rev. Richard Chartres. say "I do" in Westminster Abbey. Founded as a Benedictine monastery in the 10th century, the Abbey has been the venue for the coronation of almost every English and British monarch since William the Conqueror. What to watch for Friday morning: North Transept Lady Chapel High Altar The floor in front of the High Altar, where the ceremony takes place, is called the Cosmati West Towers The two west towers, completed in 1745, were the last major Pavement. It is composed of more than 30,000 pieces of construction work to be carried out on the Abbey. porphyry, onyx and glass. 225 ft Chapter House On the red carpet Sitting at the ceremony The best seats in the house are reserved for the British royals and the Middletons. In a break with tradition, relatives of William's late mother will sit across the aisle from the royal family instead of on The aisle will be covered with a red carpet, just as it was for Queen Elizabeth Il's wedding in 1947. Sarah Ferguson opted for a blue carpet for her 1986 nuptials. the same side. Great Middleton Royal family Bride and West family groom Door North Transept Nave Quire - High altar After entering through the Great West Door, Middleton and her The wedding party will proceed through the intricate Quire screen, on top of father will begin the four-minute walk down the aisle, past the guests seated in the Nave. which the London Chamber Orchestra Princess will sit, and into the Quire, where the choir sings daily services. Diana's relatives Scematic of the interior Quire Tight-lipped home town is protective of its lass South Transept Foreign royal families Great West Door Prince Prime Minister David Cameron, other senior Charles's invitees, charity workers, other guests from the tabloids. For two weeks anyway, in 2008. But lately the media have become a part of the fabric of the town. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and CNN's Piers Morgan dropped in this week, hot on the heels of BBC Vietnam. "I've been totally besieged," said John Haley, 55, who has been pulling pints for 15 years as the owner of the Old Boot Inn, the Middletons' favorite pub. Locals chat breezily about how Middleton, 29, attended schools in nearby Pangbourne and Wilt- shire, excelled at sports and traveled to Italy and Chile after high school, but no one dishes on anything with a whiff of controversy. "We're very protective," said Haley, who happily offers benign details, including where William and Kate, as he has always called her, like to sit in the pub (at the front of the bar, next to the fireplace). At one point, a German film crew strolled into the pub. Somehow they had heard that Haley does a thing with Top Trumps, a deck of playing cards popular in Britain that features celebrity faces, and could he show them? British politicians, clergy Locals offer innocuous tidbits about Kate' and share their enthusiasm, in a very British way After the wedding ceremony BY KARLA ADAM Five horse-drawn carriages will carry the royal couple and the wedding party from the Abbey to Buckingham Palace. The procession passes by some of London's most famous landmarks, as well as thousands of well- wishers lining the route. BUCKLEBURY, ENGLAND - Prince William fancies mint ice cream! Kate Middleton craves gummy candies! Those are the kind of scintillating details on tap here in Bucklebury, a town 55 miles west of London along narrow, winding roads that on a recent day were blocked temporarily by a slow- walking pheasant. Middleton grew up in this picturesque parish village and, until recently, worked out of her parent's mansion for Party Pieces, the family business. The town is famous for being fiercely protective of Middleton, who is known mostly as "Kate," though “Catherine" vexingly slips its way into conversations as well. The royal carriage If it's not raining, William and Middleton will ride in the 1902 State Landau, a carriage built for King Edward VII and now used mostly by the queen to meet foreign heads of state. Charles and Diana traveled in this carriage after their 1981 wedding, as did Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in 1986. In the event of rain, the newlyweds will ride in a glass coach. The 1902 State Landault is painted a light shade of maroon, richly adorned with gold leaf and upholstered in a crimson satin. "There's one particularly famous guy in here," the affable publican said. He flicked through the cards like a casino dealer, past a picture of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles, Middleton, flick, flick, Prin- cess Diana, the corgis, flick, flick, and then sudden- ly, Haley was staring at a picture of himself. "Why do they want me on there?" he said, grinning in a way that suggests he probably doesn't mind too much. But the town appears to be reconciling a preference for privacy with a natural pride in the local woman whose wedding to William will be Friday. Hash Shingadia, a grocer who is attending the royal wedding, is one of the locals handing out innocuous scraps of details to the many reporters roaming the town like hungry hyenas. The first time William the British throne – popped by his tiny grocery store, Shingadia said, he inquired about Wall's Vienetta mint ice cream. "Now we make sure it's always stocked for him," Shingadia told journalists from Australia, Bel- gium, Japan, England and the United States. (He also confirms that Catherine, as he has called her for the 13 years he's known her, loves Haribo gummy candies. He sent her a box as a wedding gift.) Bucklebury, population 2,000, is a discreetly wealthy village with enormous houses on enor- mous plots. It's the kind of place where William can land a Chinook helicopter in the field behind his girlfriend's house, repeatedly taking off and landing as part of a military training exercise or an elaborate attempt at flirtation, and keep it secret 11.8 ft 23 ft - the second in line to Haley will be at the wedding and then racing back to Bucklebury after the ceremony for a party at his pub at which he will hand out prizes for the best-dressed princes and princesses. The rest of the village is going party bonkers, too. Among the many events, the village is hosting fair on the green next to the Middletons', replete with morris dancers, champagne tents, sausages from the butcher (once he returns from the wedding) and duck racing. "Sheep racing is better, but since it's lambing season, we're having ducks," said Simon Kelly, the owner of the Bladebone pub, where Middleton's father orders fish-and-chips takeaways. After the fair, revelers are invited to Kelly's pub for a "knights and maidens" theme party. The village is tightknit and usually tight-lipped, said Sarah Clay, 21, a university student who looks eerily similar to Chelsy Davy, on-off girlfriend of Prince Harry's. "That's why they chose the countryside," she said of the residents. PARADE ROUTE Horses Guards Parade 1,000 River Thames FEET The Mall Downing Street GREEN PARK ST. JAMES PARK WESTMINSTER BRIDGE Houses of Parliament on washingtonpost.com Buckingham Palace Wedding bells and whistles Take a 3-D tour of Westminster Abbey and find video feeds, photo galleries, interactive graphics, trivia questions, a fictional princesses "bracket challenge," an FAQ on everything royal wedding, daily news updates and a wedding watch survival guide and timetable at washingtonpost.com/royal-wedding. And yet, she said, people are proud of their local princess-to-be, just in a British way, meaning they don't gush with enthusiasm but will drink a lot on the big day. For her part, Clay hopes the blaze of publicity will find its way to Harry. "I just want Harry to come here and marry me," she said matter-of-factly. Westminster Abbey SOURCES: The Royal Household, the dean and Chapter of Westminster. Aerial imaging and reference by Pictometry Imagery Copyright 2011 Blom ASA and GoogleEarth. ALBERTO CUADRA, SOHAIL AI-JAMEA, KAREN YOURISH AND LARIS KARKLIS /THE WASHINGTON POST adamk@washpost.com A18 The World The Washington Post THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011 EZ M2 Inside the royal wedding The main event If everything goes as planned, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be the 16th royal couple to The ceremony will be conducted by the dean of the Abbey, the Very Rev. John Hall. The archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will marry the couple, and the address will be given by the bishop of London, the Right Rev. Richard Chartres. say "I do" in Westminster Abbey. Founded as a Benedictine monastery in the 10th century, the Abbey has been the venue for the coronation of almost every English and British monarch since William the Conqueror. What to watch for Friday morning: North Transept Lady Chapel High Altar The floor in front of the High Altar, where the ceremony takes place, is called the Cosmati West Towers The two west towers, completed in 1745, were the last major Pavement. It is composed of more than 30,000 pieces of construction work to be carried out on the Abbey. porphyry, onyx and glass. 225 ft Chapter House On the red carpet Sitting at the ceremony The best seats in the house are reserved for the British royals and the Middletons. In a break with tradition, relatives of William's late mother will sit across the aisle from the royal family instead of on The aisle will be covered with a red carpet, just as it was for Queen Elizabeth Il's wedding in 1947. Sarah Ferguson opted for a blue carpet for her 1986 nuptials. the same side. Great Middleton Royal family Bride and West family groom Door North Transept Nave Quire - High altar After entering through the Great West Door, Middleton and her The wedding party will proceed through the intricate Quire screen, on top of father will begin the four-minute walk down the aisle, past the guests seated in the Nave. which the London Chamber Orchestra Princess will sit, and into the Quire, where the choir sings daily services. Diana's relatives Scematic of the interior Quire Tight-lipped home town is protective of its lass South Transept Foreign royal families Great West Door Prince Prime Minister David Cameron, other senior Charles's invitees, charity workers, other guests from the tabloids. For two weeks anyway, in 2008. But lately the media have become a part of the fabric of the town. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and CNN's Piers Morgan dropped in this week, hot on the heels of BBC Vietnam. "I've been totally besieged," said John Haley, 55, who has been pulling pints for 15 years as the owner of the Old Boot Inn, the Middletons' favorite pub. Locals chat breezily about how Middleton, 29, attended schools in nearby Pangbourne and Wilt- shire, excelled at sports and traveled to Italy and Chile after high school, but no one dishes on anything with a whiff of controversy. "We're very protective," said Haley, who happily offers benign details, including where William and Kate, as he has always called her, like to sit in the pub (at the front of the bar, next to the fireplace). At one point, a German film crew strolled into the pub. Somehow they had heard that Haley does a thing with Top Trumps, a deck of playing cards popular in Britain that features celebrity faces, and could he show them? British politicians, clergy Locals offer innocuous tidbits about Kate' and share their enthusiasm, in a very British way After the wedding ceremony BY KARLA ADAM Five horse-drawn carriages will carry the royal couple and the wedding party from the Abbey to Buckingham Palace. The procession passes by some of London's most famous landmarks, as well as thousands of well- wishers lining the route. BUCKLEBURY, ENGLAND - Prince William fancies mint ice cream! Kate Middleton craves gummy candies! Those are the kind of scintillating details on tap here in Bucklebury, a town 55 miles west of London along narrow, winding roads that on a recent day were blocked temporarily by a slow- walking pheasant. Middleton grew up in this picturesque parish village and, until recently, worked out of her parent's mansion for Party Pieces, the family business. The town is famous for being fiercely protective of Middleton, who is known mostly as "Kate," though “Catherine" vexingly slips its way into conversations as well. The royal carriage If it's not raining, William and Middleton will ride in the 1902 State Landau, a carriage built for King Edward VII and now used mostly by the queen to meet foreign heads of state. Charles and Diana traveled in this carriage after their 1981 wedding, as did Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in 1986. In the event of rain, the newlyweds will ride in a glass coach. The 1902 State Landault is painted a light shade of maroon, richly adorned with gold leaf and upholstered in a crimson satin. "There's one particularly famous guy in here," the affable publican said. He flicked through the cards like a casino dealer, past a picture of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles, Middleton, flick, flick, Prin- cess Diana, the corgis, flick, flick, and then sudden- ly, Haley was staring at a picture of himself. "Why do they want me on there?" he said, grinning in a way that suggests he probably doesn't mind too much. But the town appears to be reconciling a preference for privacy with a natural pride in the local woman whose wedding to William will be Friday. Hash Shingadia, a grocer who is attending the royal wedding, is one of the locals handing out innocuous scraps of details to the many reporters roaming the town like hungry hyenas. The first time William the British throne – popped by his tiny grocery store, Shingadia said, he inquired about Wall's Vienetta mint ice cream. "Now we make sure it's always stocked for him," Shingadia told journalists from Australia, Bel- gium, Japan, England and the United States. (He also confirms that Catherine, as he has called her for the 13 years he's known her, loves Haribo gummy candies. He sent her a box as a wedding gift.) Bucklebury, population 2,000, is a discreetly wealthy village with enormous houses on enor- mous plots. It's the kind of place where William can land a Chinook helicopter in the field behind his girlfriend's house, repeatedly taking off and landing as part of a military training exercise or an elaborate attempt at flirtation, and keep it secret 11.8 ft 23 ft - the second in line to Haley will be at the wedding and then racing back to Bucklebury after the ceremony for a party at his pub at which he will hand out prizes for the best-dressed princes and princesses. The rest of the village is going party bonkers, too. Among the many events, the village is hosting fair on the green next to the Middletons', replete with morris dancers, champagne tents, sausages from the butcher (once he returns from the wedding) and duck racing. "Sheep racing is better, but since it's lambing season, we're having ducks," said Simon Kelly, the owner of the Bladebone pub, where Middleton's father orders fish-and-chips takeaways. After the fair, revelers are invited to Kelly's pub for a "knights and maidens" theme party. The village is tightknit and usually tight-lipped, said Sarah Clay, 21, a university student who looks eerily similar to Chelsy Davy, on-off girlfriend of Prince Harry's. "That's why they chose the countryside," she said of the residents. PARADE ROUTE Horses Guards Parade 1,000 River Thames FEET The Mall Downing Street GREEN PARK ST. JAMES PARK WESTMINSTER BRIDGE Houses of Parliament on washingtonpost.com Buckingham Palace Wedding bells and whistles Take a 3-D tour of Westminster Abbey and find video feeds, photo galleries, interactive graphics, trivia questions, a fictional princesses "bracket challenge," an FAQ on everything royal wedding, daily news updates and a wedding watch survival guide and timetable at washingtonpost.com/royal-wedding. And yet, she said, people are proud of their local princess-to-be, just in a British way, meaning they don't gush with enthusiasm but will drink a lot on the big day. For her part, Clay hopes the blaze of publicity will find its way to Harry. "I just want Harry to come here and marry me," she said matter-of-factly. Westminster Abbey SOURCES: The Royal Household, the dean and Chapter of Westminster. Aerial imaging and reference by Pictometry Imagery Copyright 2011 Blom ASA and GoogleEarth. ALBERTO CUADRA, SOHAIL AI-JAMEA, KAREN YOURISH AND LARIS KARKLIS /THE WASHINGTON POST adamk@washpost.com A18 The World The Washington Post THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011 EZ M2 Inside the royal wedding The main event If everything goes as planned, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be the 16th royal couple to The ceremony will be conducted by the dean of the Abbey, the Very Rev. John Hall. The archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will marry the couple, and the address will be given by the bishop of London, the Right Rev. Richard Chartres. say "I do" in Westminster Abbey. Founded as a Benedictine monastery in the 10th century, the Abbey has been the venue for the coronation of almost every English and British monarch since William the Conqueror. What to watch for Friday morning: North Transept Lady Chapel High Altar The floor in front of the High Altar, where the ceremony takes place, is called the Cosmati West Towers The two west towers, completed in 1745, were the last major Pavement. It is composed of more than 30,000 pieces of construction work to be carried out on the Abbey. porphyry, onyx and glass. 225 ft Chapter House On the red carpet Sitting at the ceremony The best seats in the house are reserved for the British royals and the Middletons. In a break with tradition, relatives of William's late mother will sit across the aisle from the royal family instead of on The aisle will be covered with a red carpet, just as it was for Queen Elizabeth Il's wedding in 1947. Sarah Ferguson opted for a blue carpet for her 1986 nuptials. the same side. Great Middleton Royal family Bride and West family groom Door North Transept Nave Quire - High altar After entering through the Great West Door, Middleton and her The wedding party will proceed through the intricate Quire screen, on top of father will begin the four-minute walk down the aisle, past the guests seated in the Nave. which the London Chamber Orchestra Princess will sit, and into the Quire, where the choir sings daily services. Diana's relatives Scematic of the interior Quire Tight-lipped home town is protective of its lass South Transept Foreign royal families Great West Door Prince Prime Minister David Cameron, other senior Charles's invitees, charity workers, other guests from the tabloids. For two weeks anyway, in 2008. But lately the media have become a part of the fabric of the town. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and CNN's Piers Morgan dropped in this week, hot on the heels of BBC Vietnam. "I've been totally besieged," said John Haley, 55, who has been pulling pints for 15 years as the owner of the Old Boot Inn, the Middletons' favorite pub. Locals chat breezily about how Middleton, 29, attended schools in nearby Pangbourne and Wilt- shire, excelled at sports and traveled to Italy and Chile after high school, but no one dishes on anything with a whiff of controversy. "We're very protective," said Haley, who happily offers benign details, including where William and Kate, as he has always called her, like to sit in the pub (at the front of the bar, next to the fireplace). At one point, a German film crew strolled into the pub. Somehow they had heard that Haley does a thing with Top Trumps, a deck of playing cards popular in Britain that features celebrity faces, and could he show them? British politicians, clergy Locals offer innocuous tidbits about Kate' and share their enthusiasm, in a very British way After the wedding ceremony BY KARLA ADAM Five horse-drawn carriages will carry the royal couple and the wedding party from the Abbey to Buckingham Palace. The procession passes by some of London's most famous landmarks, as well as thousands of well- wishers lining the route. BUCKLEBURY, ENGLAND - Prince William fancies mint ice cream! Kate Middleton craves gummy candies! Those are the kind of scintillating details on tap here in Bucklebury, a town 55 miles west of London along narrow, winding roads that on a recent day were blocked temporarily by a slow- walking pheasant. Middleton grew up in this picturesque parish village and, until recently, worked out of her parent's mansion for Party Pieces, the family business. The town is famous for being fiercely protective of Middleton, who is known mostly as "Kate," though “Catherine" vexingly slips its way into conversations as well. The royal carriage If it's not raining, William and Middleton will ride in the 1902 State Landau, a carriage built for King Edward VII and now used mostly by the queen to meet foreign heads of state. Charles and Diana traveled in this carriage after their 1981 wedding, as did Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in 1986. In the event of rain, the newlyweds will ride in a glass coach. The 1902 State Landault is painted a light shade of maroon, richly adorned with gold leaf and upholstered in a crimson satin. "There's one particularly famous guy in here," the affable publican said. He flicked through the cards like a casino dealer, past a picture of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles, Middleton, flick, flick, Prin- cess Diana, the corgis, flick, flick, and then sudden- ly, Haley was staring at a picture of himself. "Why do they want me on there?" he said, grinning in a way that suggests he probably doesn't mind too much. But the town appears to be reconciling a preference for privacy with a natural pride in the local woman whose wedding to William will be Friday. Hash Shingadia, a grocer who is attending the royal wedding, is one of the locals handing out innocuous scraps of details to the many reporters roaming the town like hungry hyenas. The first time William the British throne – popped by his tiny grocery store, Shingadia said, he inquired about Wall's Vienetta mint ice cream. "Now we make sure it's always stocked for him," Shingadia told journalists from Australia, Bel- gium, Japan, England and the United States. (He also confirms that Catherine, as he has called her for the 13 years he's known her, loves Haribo gummy candies. He sent her a box as a wedding gift.) Bucklebury, population 2,000, is a discreetly wealthy village with enormous houses on enor- mous plots. It's the kind of place where William can land a Chinook helicopter in the field behind his girlfriend's house, repeatedly taking off and landing as part of a military training exercise or an elaborate attempt at flirtation, and keep it secret 11.8 ft 23 ft - the second in line to Haley will be at the wedding and then racing back to Bucklebury after the ceremony for a party at his pub at which he will hand out prizes for the best-dressed princes and princesses. The rest of the village is going party bonkers, too. Among the many events, the village is hosting fair on the green next to the Middletons', replete with morris dancers, champagne tents, sausages from the butcher (once he returns from the wedding) and duck racing. "Sheep racing is better, but since it's lambing season, we're having ducks," said Simon Kelly, the owner of the Bladebone pub, where Middleton's father orders fish-and-chips takeaways. After the fair, revelers are invited to Kelly's pub for a "knights and maidens" theme party. The village is tightknit and usually tight-lipped, said Sarah Clay, 21, a university student who looks eerily similar to Chelsy Davy, on-off girlfriend of Prince Harry's. "That's why they chose the countryside," she said of the residents. PARADE ROUTE Horses Guards Parade 1,000 River Thames FEET The Mall Downing Street GREEN PARK ST. JAMES PARK WESTMINSTER BRIDGE Houses of Parliament on washingtonpost.com Buckingham Palace Wedding bells and whistles Take a 3-D tour of Westminster Abbey and find video feeds, photo galleries, interactive graphics, trivia questions, a fictional princesses "bracket challenge," an FAQ on everything royal wedding, daily news updates and a wedding watch survival guide and timetable at washingtonpost.com/royal-wedding. And yet, she said, people are proud of their local princess-to-be, just in a British way, meaning they don't gush with enthusiasm but will drink a lot on the big day. For her part, Clay hopes the blaze of publicity will find its way to Harry. "I just want Harry to come here and marry me," she said matter-of-factly. Westminster Abbey SOURCES: The Royal Household, the dean and Chapter of Westminster. Aerial imaging and reference by Pictometry Imagery Copyright 2011 Blom ASA and GoogleEarth. ALBERTO CUADRA, SOHAIL AI-JAMEA, KAREN YOURISH AND LARIS KARKLIS /THE WASHINGTON POST adamk@washpost.com A18 The World The Washington Post THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011 EZ M2 Inside the royal wedding The main event If everything goes as planned, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be the 16th royal couple to The ceremony will be conducted by the dean of the Abbey, the Very Rev. John Hall. The archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will marry the couple, and the address will be given by the bishop of London, the Right Rev. Richard Chartres. say "I do" in Westminster Abbey. Founded as a Benedictine monastery in the 10th century, the Abbey has been the venue for the coronation of almost every English and British monarch since William the Conqueror. What to watch for Friday morning: North Transept Lady Chapel High Altar The floor in front of the High Altar, where the ceremony takes place, is called the Cosmati West Towers The two west towers, completed in 1745, were the last major Pavement. It is composed of more than 30,000 pieces of construction work to be carried out on the Abbey. porphyry, onyx and glass. 225 ft Chapter House On the red carpet Sitting at the ceremony The best seats in the house are reserved for the British royals and the Middletons. In a break with tradition, relatives of William's late mother will sit across the aisle from the royal family instead of on The aisle will be covered with a red carpet, just as it was for Queen Elizabeth Il's wedding in 1947. Sarah Ferguson opted for a blue carpet for her 1986 nuptials. the same side. Great Middleton Royal family Bride and West family groom Door North Transept Nave Quire - High altar After entering through the Great West Door, Middleton and her The wedding party will proceed through the intricate Quire screen, on top of father will begin the four-minute walk down the aisle, past the guests seated in the Nave. which the London Chamber Orchestra Princess will sit, and into the Quire, where the choir sings daily services. Diana's relatives Scematic of the interior Quire Tight-lipped home town is protective of its lass South Transept Foreign royal families Great West Door Prince Prime Minister David Cameron, other senior Charles's invitees, charity workers, other guests from the tabloids. For two weeks anyway, in 2008. But lately the media have become a part of the fabric of the town. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and CNN's Piers Morgan dropped in this week, hot on the heels of BBC Vietnam. "I've been totally besieged," said John Haley, 55, who has been pulling pints for 15 years as the owner of the Old Boot Inn, the Middletons' favorite pub. Locals chat breezily about how Middleton, 29, attended schools in nearby Pangbourne and Wilt- shire, excelled at sports and traveled to Italy and Chile after high school, but no one dishes on anything with a whiff of controversy. "We're very protective," said Haley, who happily offers benign details, including where William and Kate, as he has always called her, like to sit in the pub (at the front of the bar, next to the fireplace). At one point, a German film crew strolled into the pub. Somehow they had heard that Haley does a thing with Top Trumps, a deck of playing cards popular in Britain that features celebrity faces, and could he show them? British politicians, clergy Locals offer innocuous tidbits about Kate' and share their enthusiasm, in a very British way After the wedding ceremony BY KARLA ADAM Five horse-drawn carriages will carry the royal couple and the wedding party from the Abbey to Buckingham Palace. The procession passes by some of London's most famous landmarks, as well as thousands of well- wishers lining the route. BUCKLEBURY, ENGLAND - Prince William fancies mint ice cream! Kate Middleton craves gummy candies! Those are the kind of scintillating details on tap here in Bucklebury, a town 55 miles west of London along narrow, winding roads that on a recent day were blocked temporarily by a slow- walking pheasant. Middleton grew up in this picturesque parish village and, until recently, worked out of her parent's mansion for Party Pieces, the family business. The town is famous for being fiercely protective of Middleton, who is known mostly as "Kate," though “Catherine" vexingly slips its way into conversations as well. The royal carriage If it's not raining, William and Middleton will ride in the 1902 State Landau, a carriage built for King Edward VII and now used mostly by the queen to meet foreign heads of state. Charles and Diana traveled in this carriage after their 1981 wedding, as did Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in 1986. In the event of rain, the newlyweds will ride in a glass coach. The 1902 State Landault is painted a light shade of maroon, richly adorned with gold leaf and upholstered in a crimson satin. "There's one particularly famous guy in here," the affable publican said. He flicked through the cards like a casino dealer, past a picture of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles, Middleton, flick, flick, Prin- cess Diana, the corgis, flick, flick, and then sudden- ly, Haley was staring at a picture of himself. "Why do they want me on there?" he said, grinning in a way that suggests he probably doesn't mind too much. But the town appears to be reconciling a preference for privacy with a natural pride in the local woman whose wedding to William will be Friday. Hash Shingadia, a grocer who is attending the royal wedding, is one of the locals handing out innocuous scraps of details to the many reporters roaming the town like hungry hyenas. The first time William the British throne – popped by his tiny grocery store, Shingadia said, he inquired about Wall's Vienetta mint ice cream. "Now we make sure it's always stocked for him," Shingadia told journalists from Australia, Bel- gium, Japan, England and the United States. (He also confirms that Catherine, as he has called her for the 13 years he's known her, loves Haribo gummy candies. He sent her a box as a wedding gift.) Bucklebury, population 2,000, is a discreetly wealthy village with enormous houses on enor- mous plots. It's the kind of place where William can land a Chinook helicopter in the field behind his girlfriend's house, repeatedly taking off and landing as part of a military training exercise or an elaborate attempt at flirtation, and keep it secret 11.8 ft 23 ft - the second in line to Haley will be at the wedding and then racing back to Bucklebury after the ceremony for a party at his pub at which he will hand out prizes for the best-dressed princes and princesses. The rest of the village is going party bonkers, too. Among the many events, the village is hosting fair on the green next to the Middletons', replete with morris dancers, champagne tents, sausages from the butcher (once he returns from the wedding) and duck racing. "Sheep racing is better, but since it's lambing season, we're having ducks," said Simon Kelly, the owner of the Bladebone pub, where Middleton's father orders fish-and-chips takeaways. After the fair, revelers are invited to Kelly's pub for a "knights and maidens" theme party. The village is tightknit and usually tight-lipped, said Sarah Clay, 21, a university student who looks eerily similar to Chelsy Davy, on-off girlfriend of Prince Harry's. "That's why they chose the countryside," she said of the residents. PARADE ROUTE Horses Guards Parade 1,000 River Thames FEET The Mall Downing Street GREEN PARK ST. JAMES PARK WESTMINSTER BRIDGE Houses of Parliament on washingtonpost.com Buckingham Palace Wedding bells and whistles Take a 3-D tour of Westminster Abbey and find video feeds, photo galleries, interactive graphics, trivia questions, a fictional princesses "bracket challenge," an FAQ on everything royal wedding, daily news updates and a wedding watch survival guide and timetable at washingtonpost.com/royal-wedding. And yet, she said, people are proud of their local princess-to-be, just in a British way, meaning they don't gush with enthusiasm but will drink a lot on the big day. For her part, Clay hopes the blaze of publicity will find its way to Harry. "I just want Harry to come here and marry me," she said matter-of-factly. Westminster Abbey SOURCES: The Royal Household, the dean and Chapter of Westminster. Aerial imaging and reference by Pictometry Imagery Copyright 2011 Blom ASA and GoogleEarth. ALBERTO CUADRA, SOHAIL AI-JAMEA, KAREN YOURISH AND LARIS KARKLIS /THE WASHINGTON POST adamk@washpost.com A18 The World The Washington Post THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011 EZ M2 Inside the royal wedding The main event If everything goes as planned, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be the 16th royal couple to The ceremony will be conducted by the dean of the Abbey, the Very Rev. John Hall. The archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will marry the couple, and the address will be given by the bishop of London, the Right Rev. Richard Chartres. say "I do" in Westminster Abbey. Founded as a Benedictine monastery in the 10th century, the Abbey has been the venue for the coronation of almost every English and British monarch since William the Conqueror. What to watch for Friday morning: North Transept Lady Chapel High Altar The floor in front of the High Altar, where the ceremony takes place, is called the Cosmati West Towers The two west towers, completed in 1745, were the last major Pavement. It is composed of more than 30,000 pieces of construction work to be carried out on the Abbey. porphyry, onyx and glass. 225 ft Chapter House On the red carpet Sitting at the ceremony The best seats in the house are reserved for the British royals and the Middletons. In a break with tradition, relatives of William's late mother will sit across the aisle from the royal family instead of on The aisle will be covered with a red carpet, just as it was for Queen Elizabeth Il's wedding in 1947. Sarah Ferguson opted for a blue carpet for her 1986 nuptials. the same side. Great Middleton Royal family Bride and West family groom Door North Transept Nave Quire - High altar After entering through the Great West Door, Middleton and her The wedding party will proceed through the intricate Quire screen, on top of father will begin the four-minute walk down the aisle, past the guests seated in the Nave. which the London Chamber Orchestra Princess will sit, and into the Quire, where the choir sings daily services. Diana's relatives Scematic of the interior Quire Tight-lipped home town is protective of its lass South Transept Foreign royal families Great West Door Prince Prime Minister David Cameron, other senior Charles's invitees, charity workers, other guests from the tabloids. For two weeks anyway, in 2008. But lately the media have become a part of the fabric of the town. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and CNN's Piers Morgan dropped in this week, hot on the heels of BBC Vietnam. "I've been totally besieged," said John Haley, 55, who has been pulling pints for 15 years as the owner of the Old Boot Inn, the Middletons' favorite pub. Locals chat breezily about how Middleton, 29, attended schools in nearby Pangbourne and Wilt- shire, excelled at sports and traveled to Italy and Chile after high school, but no one dishes on anything with a whiff of controversy. "We're very protective," said Haley, who happily offers benign details, including where William and Kate, as he has always called her, like to sit in the pub (at the front of the bar, next to the fireplace). At one point, a German film crew strolled into the pub. Somehow they had heard that Haley does a thing with Top Trumps, a deck of playing cards popular in Britain that features celebrity faces, and could he show them? British politicians, clergy Locals offer innocuous tidbits about Kate' and share their enthusiasm, in a very British way After the wedding ceremony BY KARLA ADAM Five horse-drawn carriages will carry the royal couple and the wedding party from the Abbey to Buckingham Palace. The procession passes by some of London's most famous landmarks, as well as thousands of well- wishers lining the route. BUCKLEBURY, ENGLAND - Prince William fancies mint ice cream! Kate Middleton craves gummy candies! Those are the kind of scintillating details on tap here in Bucklebury, a town 55 miles west of London along narrow, winding roads that on a recent day were blocked temporarily by a slow- walking pheasant. Middleton grew up in this picturesque parish village and, until recently, worked out of her parent's mansion for Party Pieces, the family business. The town is famous for being fiercely protective of Middleton, who is known mostly as "Kate," though “Catherine" vexingly slips its way into conversations as well. The royal carriage If it's not raining, William and Middleton will ride in the 1902 State Landau, a carriage built for King Edward VII and now used mostly by the queen to meet foreign heads of state. Charles and Diana traveled in this carriage after their 1981 wedding, as did Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in 1986. In the event of rain, the newlyweds will ride in a glass coach. The 1902 State Landault is painted a light shade of maroon, richly adorned with gold leaf and upholstered in a crimson satin. "There's one particularly famous guy in here," the affable publican said. He flicked through the cards like a casino dealer, past a picture of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles, Middleton, flick, flick, Prin- cess Diana, the corgis, flick, flick, and then sudden- ly, Haley was staring at a picture of himself. "Why do they want me on there?" he said, grinning in a way that suggests he probably doesn't mind too much. But the town appears to be reconciling a preference for privacy with a natural pride in the local woman whose wedding to William will be Friday. Hash Shingadia, a grocer who is attending the royal wedding, is one of the locals handing out innocuous scraps of details to the many reporters roaming the town like hungry hyenas. The first time William the British throne – popped by his tiny grocery store, Shingadia said, he inquired about Wall's Vienetta mint ice cream. "Now we make sure it's always stocked for him," Shingadia told journalists from Australia, Bel- gium, Japan, England and the United States. (He also confirms that Catherine, as he has called her for the 13 years he's known her, loves Haribo gummy candies. He sent her a box as a wedding gift.) Bucklebury, population 2,000, is a discreetly wealthy village with enormous houses on enor- mous plots. It's the kind of place where William can land a Chinook helicopter in the field behind his girlfriend's house, repeatedly taking off and landing as part of a military training exercise or an elaborate attempt at flirtation, and keep it secret 11.8 ft 23 ft - the second in line to Haley will be at the wedding and then racing back to Bucklebury after the ceremony for a party at his pub at which he will hand out prizes for the best-dressed princes and princesses. The rest of the village is going party bonkers, too. Among the many events, the village is hosting fair on the green next to the Middletons', replete with morris dancers, champagne tents, sausages from the butcher (once he returns from the wedding) and duck racing. "Sheep racing is better, but since it's lambing season, we're having ducks," said Simon Kelly, the owner of the Bladebone pub, where Middleton's father orders fish-and-chips takeaways. After the fair, revelers are invited to Kelly's pub for a "knights and maidens" theme party. The village is tightknit and usually tight-lipped, said Sarah Clay, 21, a university student who looks eerily similar to Chelsy Davy, on-off girlfriend of Prince Harry's. "That's why they chose the countryside," she said of the residents. PARADE ROUTE Horses Guards Parade 1,000 River Thames FEET The Mall Downing Street GREEN PARK ST. JAMES PARK WESTMINSTER BRIDGE Houses of Parliament on washingtonpost.com Buckingham Palace Wedding bells and whistles Take a 3-D tour of Westminster Abbey and find video feeds, photo galleries, interactive graphics, trivia questions, a fictional princesses "bracket challenge," an FAQ on everything royal wedding, daily news updates and a wedding watch survival guide and timetable at washingtonpost.com/royal-wedding. And yet, she said, people are proud of their local princess-to-be, just in a British way, meaning they don't gush with enthusiasm but will drink a lot on the big day. For her part, Clay hopes the blaze of publicity will find its way to Harry. "I just want Harry to come here and marry me," she said matter-of-factly. Westminster Abbey SOURCES: The Royal Household, the dean and Chapter of Westminster. Aerial imaging and reference by Pictometry Imagery Copyright 2011 Blom ASA and GoogleEarth. ALBERTO CUADRA, SOHAIL AI-JAMEA, KAREN YOURISH AND LARIS KARKLIS /THE WASHINGTON POST adamk@washpost.com

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