Weddings, whether small and intimate affairs or gigantic spectacles, are fun. Public weddings are more fun. And Royal weddings - especially in England - are the most fun of all. Nobody does pomp and circumstance as well as the House of Windsor and 2011 will be the year for celebrating not just one, but two Royal weddings.
Not only did Prince William pop the question to long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton, but Zara Phillips, daughter of the Princess Royal, is also planning to tie the knot.
Given all the attention focussed on two people getting married, I think it would be fun to look a little more closely at Royal weddings past and present while keeping you up to date with the most spectacular royal event of the year: the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
If you'd like to be in England for the event or want to host your own celebration wherever you are, you need to start planning. To help you do just that check out background, details, general info and links to the most useful websites I can find - plus all the forays into English history you've come to expect. Enjoy!
The Prince of Wales' younger son, Prince Harry, will marry American actress Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19th. The wedding will be held at Windsor Castle and Meghan's father will walk her down the aisle to give her away.
We're keeping our fingers crossed that the good weather will hold and we'll all get a good look at the dress - which is still a closely guarded secret.
The bride will have flower girls and page boys attending her, but no bride's maid, while Prince William will be his younger brother's best man. The Duchess of Cambridge will attend the wedding with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, but baby Prince Louis will be staying back home in the nursery.
We wish the couple a most wonderful day and many happy years together!
Wills marries Kate and you're all invited is how one newspaper headlined the event of the year. And they're not wrong. Everyone in the UK will get an extra bank holiday on April 29th to join in the celebration. Add to that the many overseas visitors we're expecting and it's beginning to sound like one grand party.
The Royal Mews are getting ready to get Kate Middleton to the church in style. And if hullaballoo is your thing and you'd like to find out a little more, then make sure you watch the big event.
For as long as England is a monarchy, the nuptials of members of the Royal family will be a fascinating subject to the English. In modern times, they've become major events, attracting millions of spectators and well-wishers worldwide. But royal nuptials have always been important and in the past, even the fairly recent past, they had the power to change history.
So here I'm looking at some famous (or infamous) Royal weddings of the past, along with proposals, omens, mishaps and other wedding trivia.
A Royal wedding is not just a celebration of two people's love. It's also a great spectacle that many people love to share in. If you're planning to be in England and join the festivities, or if you're trying to organise your own party wherever you are, keep an eye on these useful website, which will keep you up-to-date with all that's happening.