'Big Willy' and other royal wedding need-to-knows
Royal fans Susanna Brockman, Chelsea Spence and Jessica Spence all are smiles in front of the Westminster Abbey in London. HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot April 29. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)
LONDON - In generations to come, scholars may blow the dust off ancient accounts of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, stored inside the British Library.
And there among the many tomes written about this royal pair will be, he's been assured, Julian Knight's The Royal Wedding for Dummies.
The former BBC News reporter, and an editor at the Independent on Sunday, says: "There (have been) a lot of words written about the wedding but they tend to focus on the history of the romance, while my book is an easy to understand guide to the whole occasion."
The book - released by John Wiley and Sons Canada Ltd. - includes a sports program-like section called: "Know your heads of state and hangers-on."
So, needing a primer on what to look for on the big day, QMI Agency asked Knight to name three bits of trivia we should think about on that day -- including how the royals will deal with the buffet-style breakfast reception.
Here's his list:
1) "The most moving fact was that the royal wedding bride places her flowers for the big day on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey. This tradition dates back to the late Queen Mother who did that when she got married to the late George VI -- He of The King's Speech. Why did she do that? To commemorate the death of her brother in the First World War."
2) "The Queen and Prince Phillip don't do buffets, period. They once attended a wedding of relatives, which involved a buffet, and they refused to queue up with everyone else and a full meal had to be served to them -- by a royal footman -- while they were set on a specially laid table. Personally I think Wills and Kate wouldn't have a problem queuing up!"
3) "Apparently Kate's nickname for prince William is 'Big Willy'. As you know in England this has certain connotations and the mind boggles."