Celebrating a Royal Engagement
Yesterday England was awash with a special kind of joy that can only follow the announcement of a royal engagement. After a great deal of speculation in the media about when Prince William and Kate Middleton were to tie the knot the suspense is now over.
A spring wedding in 2011 is now a certainty so all that is left to decide is on the location!
Here at Visit England we are really excited by the news and it got us chatting about some great wedding locations.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are a modern couple and although the traditional Royal Wedding locations are wonderful, there are many other beautiful, unique venues around the country that could suit a royal wedding down to the ground.
Here are some of the ideas we came up with. Some are conventional but others you might be a bit more surprised to see!
Bride On Board
As a serving RAF officer, where better for Prince William to marry than immersed in military heritage? Handily located in the heart of London, HMS Belfast can accommodate 350 guests with plenty of space on the quarterdeck for speeches and silly dancing and splendid views of Tower Bridge and the London skyline.
A Greener Groom
A choice that would please the father of the groom, the Eden Project offers eco-friendly weddings with food sourced from local suppliers. The happy couple can choose from a ceremony among the lush foliage at the very top of the Rainforest Biome or in the gallery overlooking the grounds; in the evening the Mediterranean Biome can be lit with low lights that create the illusion of thousands of stars across the biome canopy.
Nothing makes our monarchy look better than being reminded of the follies of their predecessor - and there are few grander follies than the Brighton Pavilion, built for the extravagant George IV. Weddings take place in the Red Drawing Room, while photos can be taken outside in the beautiful Regency gardens.
Back to Basics
The Royal Couple getting married in a pub? Unlikely we know (although it was good enough for Kate Winslet) but should they choose to keep it simple, The Fleece Inn - a 15thcentury inn in the Cotswolds would be the perfect choice. The ceremony takes place in a cosy 16th century thatched barn, with the centuries-old joys of a traditional English pub for the reception. More info is available from the National Trust.
A Holy Enjoyable Day
The joy of seeing the paparazzi wading around as the tide comes in would add to the general air of bliss if the royal wedding took place at Holy Island in Northumberland. The fairytale castle of Lindisfarne would make a dream backdrop for the ceremony, steeped in history and once owned by Sir Edward Lutyens.