Royal Wedding Date: Prince William & Kate Middleton To Marry April 29, 2011 At Westminster Abbey
The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will take place on Friday, April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey, according to the British Monarchy Twitter. The couple's engagement was also first announced on Twitter.
Royal officials said Tuesday the couple chose the date because they wanted a spring wedding. It also the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena, whose name Middleton shares.
Queen Elizabeth II married at the abbey, the 1,000-year-old church in central London where British kings and queens are crowned.
William and Kate decided against celebrating their nuptials at St. Paul's Cathedral, where William's parents married in 1981.
Prime Minister David Cameron already declared the wedding date to be a bank holiday, the Daily Mail reported.
British brides-to-be were worried about the wedding date. The Associated Press tracked down ladies trying on wedding dresses to find out what they had to say:
"If their wedding was on my wedding day, I don't know what I would do!" said Anna Whitcomb, 28, trying on wedding dresses at a London department store. "I know all my family members and guests would want to watch the celebration and would be distracted."
"I'm supposed to be the princess, and now I have a real princess to compete with," she added.
Chelsea Slipko, also looking for a wedding gown at the store, said she couldn't deal with sharing a date with the royals.
"It's like having your birthday on New Year's or your anniversary on Valentine's day," she said. "It's not just your day anymore."
In fact, one mother of a bride-to-be actually asked Prince Charles to keep her daughter's date clear:
"My daughter said, 'please keep June 18 free, no one will come to mine," Nila Gosrani told the heir to the British throne as he was touring a museum. Charles said he would pass the message along.
Looks like she lucked out!