Prince William and Kate Middleton
Getting to the Church on Time (and in Style)

Brides are expected to be both punctual and stylish, so deciding how to arrive for the ceremony can be tricky. Fortunately, Prince William and Kate Middleton have jumped that hurdle and the Royal Mews have released the travel details for April 29th.

The bride will arrive at Westminster Abbey in a claret-coloured Rolls-Royce Phantom VI - the one famously used by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall when they fell foul of recent protests.

The real pomp and circumstance will be reserved for after the ceremony, when Prince William and Kate Middleton will use an open-topped horse-drawn carriage to return to Buckingham Palace.

The 1902 State Landau, upholstered in crimson and decorated with gold leaf, is the same carriage that Prince Charles and Princess Diana rode in after their wedding in 1981. It will be drawn by four horses and escorted by the Household Cavalry.

The Royal Mews are home to a number of wonderful state carriages, and several of those will come out to join the procession from the abbey to Buckingham Palace.

Prince Harry, William's best man, Pippa Middleton, Kate's maid of honour, and the young bridesmaids and page boys will follow the royal couple in two Ascot Landau carriages. Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Mr and Mrs Middleton will ride in a semi-state Landau, and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be carried in another Landau.

And if the British weather decides to spoil proceedings?

Then one of England's most famous royal coaches will make an appearance: The Glass Coach.

This fairytale coach has a roof to keep the wedding party dry. It also has a history as a bridal carriage, since both Lady Diana Spencer and Sarah Ferguson used it to travel from Clarence House to the church. And according to the staff at the Royal Mews, this is the coach everyone wants to see out.

So should we be hoping for rain?

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