It is a London landmark forever linked to the lives of members of the British monarchy, and on April 29, 2011 Prince William will add another chapter in the history of Westminster Abbey when he takes Kate Middleton to be his bride.
Although the abbey holds a memory of a painful time in the past for the prince due to the death of his mother Princess Diana, whose funeral was held at the thousand-year-old site, Westminster Abbey will now offers the birth of a bright future for the second in line to the throne, who will not only marry the woman he loves at its altar, but will also one day be crowned king within its confines.
When Prince William walks his bride up the aisle, the royal romantic will be following in the footsteps of both his paternal and maternal grandparents. In November 20, 1947 Parry’s bridal hymn escorted then Princess Elizabeth to the altar of the Gothic style house of worship, while on June 1, 1954 John Spencer, Viscount Althorp and Frances Roche were pronounced husband and wife at the abbey.
The future Queen of England and Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey on their wedding day:
An arch of swords honored John Spencer, Vicount Althorp and Frances Roche– the parents of Diana, Princess of Wales– as they exited the abbey after their 1954 wedding.
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