Royal Arms – borne by Queen Elizabeth II
(and will be borne by her successors)
A royal wedding is always a great event in British life, one of those milestones by which we mark our lives ... and as we’re doing the A – Z Challenge with W falling on a Wednesday - what better way to celebrate my W than by highlighting a few British Aspects ready for the Wedding Day.
The Collegiate Church of St Peter is the formal name of Westminster Abbey ... so called because St Peter, is the Patron Saint of fishers, and fishermen are thought to have seen a vision of St Peter at this site on the banks of the River Thames.
Westminster Abbey has hosted fifteen Royal Weddings over the centuries, nine of which were in the last century; Prince William will enter the Abbey through Poet’s Corner; the Dean of Westminster will lead the bride and her father down the aisle from the main door.
Afterwards the new bride is expected to maintain the tradition of placing the bridal bouquet on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior in memory of the men and women who have died serving their country.
HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton have chosen a traditional-language version for their marriage service, a decision taken partly to honour the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible this year.
The service is perhaps the most beautiful and resonant of the available options, rooted in the history of the Church of which Prince William will one day become Supreme Governor, but in the changes from the 1662 version, the service reflects also the realities of the modern world, permitting a wide choice of music and hymns.
Marriage of Victoria and Albert -
Painting by George Hayter
The Archbishop of Canterbury, presiding, will emphasise the continuity between the royal weddings and the thousand of marriages taking place throughout Britain in ordinary parish churches up and down the land.
On 9 April 1952, Queen Elizabeth II officially declared her "Will and Pleasure that I and My children shall be styled and known as the House and Family of Windsor, and that my descendants who marry and their descendants, shall bear the name of Windsor."
Street parties, large screen presentations in city centres, house parties and the streets of London will all be celebrating this Friday, our Y day, throughout the British countryside.
This is Wedding, Westminster Abbey, the Windsors and William – these are what W is for ..
Part of the ABC - April 2011 - A - Z Challenge - Aspects of the British Countryside
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