Just Hours To Go Until The Royal Wedding

Photo Alexander J Harris

Photo Alexander J Harris

With less than 24 hours until the event of the year, everyone here in England seems to be getting more excited by the minute! (Okay, there are a few staunch anti-monarchists who aren’t, but I never pay any attention to them anyway.)

Yesterday morning Catherine Middleton left her family home in Bucklebury, just a few miles away from where I live in Berkshire, for the last time as a single woman and a commoner. She will be staying at the beautiful Goring Hotel in Mayfair tonight with her family, and has been spotted leaving Westminster Abbey after a final rehearsal today. I imagine that is the last we will see of her until tomorrow morning. I so admire how calm and composed she appears to be. By the time I was only a few hours from my wedding I had a pretty serious case of wedding nerves – I even had to apologise to the Best Man for snapping at him. But there is none of that with Miss Middleton, who appears absolutely unflappable.

There is a very special atmosphere here in Berkshire, with everyone feeling somehow connected – even those of us who have only lived in Berkshire for a short time. But Catherine Middleton’s down to earth manner and her clear affection for the place she grew up, makes even those of us who are recently transplanted feel a real part of things.

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I am following the media coverage avidly and will of course be doing so from early tomorrow as well. I am Tweeting and linking to some of the interesting things I find on  The 21st Century Housewife Facebook page, but your absolute best source of information is, of course, The Official Royal Wedding site, administered by Clarence House.  Be sure todownload a copy of the beautiful wedding programme, and the Order of Service. It’s absolute free and available either as a PDF download or on the Apple iBooks Store. I downloaded mine from iBooks and it’s lovely leafing through it on my iPad. There is a gorgeous new photograph of the Royal couple by Mario Testino in it as well.

The wedding service looks wonderful, and all the music is so beautiful. I am thrilled the Royal Couple have chosen Jerusalem as a hymn for the service. My husband and I chose Jerusalem for the last hymn at our wedding too. For us it spoke of patriotism and love of country, and I am sure it does for the Royal Couple as well.

I highly recommend following the coverage on The Royal Wedding Live Stream on the Royal Channel Live Stream. It will be accompanied by a multi-media blog put together by St James’ Palace. In terms of actual information, this will be your most accurate option.

No matter where you live you can feel a part of things. You can send a gift to the Royal Couple in the form of a donation to their favourite charities, you can upload a video message for themyou can even join in on Facebook. The Twitter hashtags Clarence House are using for the Royal Wedding are #royalwedding and #rw2011.

So grab a nice cup of tea or a glass of champagne to join us as we celebrate the Royal Wedding!

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Article by April Harris

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April is a food, lifestyle and travel writer who lives in Berkshire, England. She shares inspiration, tips and trends for anyone who loves food, cooking, entertaining, fashion, travel and the finer things in life at her blog, AprilJHarris.com.
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