Some Interesting Facts About the Royal Wedding
About 1.1 million people are expected to pour into London for the royal wedding, according to Visit London, the British government's tourism agency.
The city of London is equipped with just 120,000 hotel rooms.
2,000 people can reportedly squeeze into Westminster Abbey.
15 royal weddings have been held in Westminster Abbey.
2.5 billion people worldwide are expected to watch the wedding live. 750 million viewers globally tuned in for the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
The Daily Telegraph says that Brits are apathetic about the wedding. The Daily Telegraph commissioned a survey by Lightspeed Research that reports the following:
Just 5 per cent of adults said they would attend a street party
6 per cent might attend a neighborhood or garden party
A mere 3 per cent would put up any decorations such as bunting in their home
83 per cent said they would do none of the above
Regarding Royal Titles:
It is customary for royal men to receive a Dukedom when they marry. Possible Dukedoms for William after his marriage are Clarence, Cambridge, Sussex, Kendal, Avondale, and Strathearn.
As the wife of a royal Duke and Prince, Middleton would assume the title of Duchess.
In Letters Patent dated 21 August 1996 (shortly after the divorce of the Prince and Princess of Wales) it was acknowledged that, "by convention", the wife of a son or grandson of the Sovereign is entitled to the style title or attribute of "Royal Highness." If William were not given a title then, after the wedding, Middleton would, by convention (unless explicitly vetoed by the Queen), be known as Her Royal Highness Princess William of Wales, taking her husband's first name on marriage (as with Princess Michael of Kent).
If, however, William is given a title, which he likely will be, she would be known as "Her Royal Highness The Duchess [or other rank if appropriate] of Clarence, Cambridge, Sussex, Kendal, Avondale or Streathern.
Regarding Wedding Gifts:
The royal couple reportedly has a secret gift list after all to help stock their kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, according to Britain's Sunday Times newspaper.
No details on what is on the list or where they're registered. Speculation is that it's at London's Peter Jones department store, where Kate is a regular customer.
Or the couple could follow in the footsteps of Prince Charles, who registered with the General Trading Company.
William and Catherine set up a charitable gift fund have asked that anyone who might wish to give them a wedding gift consider giving instead to a charitable fund. Donations can be made through the website www.royalweddingcharityfund.org which includes a full list of the charities to benefit, personally chosen by Prince William and Miss Middleton. The charities include some based in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, to reflect the couple's close ties to and affection for the three countries following visits by Prince William in the past.