Elizabeth II: this tradition she had renounced for the marriage of Kate and William

April 29, 2011, will remain an important date within British royalty. Indeed, this is the day Prince William married Kate Middleton. As the second contender to the throne just behind Prince Charles, the marriage was exceptional. Only, the lovers had decided to be very active in the preparation of the best day of their life. Indeed, as we can learn in the BBC documentary Royal Wedding: A Day to Remember, royal expert Roya Nikkhah recounted that William was very surprised when he received the list of suggested guests, as reported by the Mirror. For good reason, neither he nor his future wife knew most of the guests.

So he took his courage in both hands and decided to go talk to Queen Elizabeth II. “When the guest list was established, [William] was very puzzled and had a conversation with the Queen to tell her that he did not know any of these people,” said the royal expert. “He wasn’t very happy about it. The Queen then just said to him, ‘Tear up this list and start where you want to start and invite whoever you want’. That’s what they did.” Thus, they had chosen themselves to invite their 1900 guests.

Kate Middleton and Prince William chose their guests

Of these guests who were invited to the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, only 300 were then able to attend the dinner held at Buckingham Palace. The majority of the guests, around 1,000, were relatives, friends or family, of the couple. To still respect the protocol, there were also 50 people less close to the royal family, about forty from foreign royal families, as well as 200 members of the government, parliament and the diplomatic corps.

Kate Middleton and Prince William © CYRIL MOREAU

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