The Most Important Wedding Of Our Time is less than a week away, and the official guest list and seating plan have been confirmed. Not a lot of surprises among the 1,900 lucky invitees: Elton John, David Beckham and Posh Spice, Guy Ritchie, other royals from around the world (elected heads of state usually don’t get an invite). A couple unexpected choices in soul singer Joss Stone, who I literally forgot about for the past five years until this very moment, and Mr. Bean, who is reportedly a close personal friend of Prince Charles.
The question on everyone’s mind (right?): How and where will these people be seated?!
Let’s take a quick gander at the seating plans. The Telegraph has an excellent infographic of Westminster Abbey’s layout and who will sit where (they also go really in-depth into exactly who will be sitting with whom, if you’d like to nerd out for a while). Some takeaways:
Here’s Sky News’ graphic, which isn’t as excellent as the Telegraph‘s but will conveniently fit the size of this blog:
Here’s an important point: what will they be drinking at the reception? This has come up before, but only now are we beginning to get some hard data. The Daily Mail reports that beer will not be served, because everyone planning the wedding is a bunch of snobs. Party-hardy Prince Harry will have to “make do” with “champagne and canapés.”
The team of caterers has prepared 15,000 canapes for when guests arrive at the Palace at 12.40pm including quail’s eggs with celery salt, mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and mini sausage rolls.
A select 300 people will then sit down to a three-course evening meal using the best of British ingredients.
The canapés sound gross and alarmingly proletarian. “Mini sausage rolls”? You would think the House of Windsor could spring for something better than pigs-in-blankets.
A lesson in how to construct a news story out of information that does not resemble news (BREAKING, DEVELOPING): Kate Middleton will probably have roses in her bouquet. There are a number of rose breeds (…types?) named after royals, like the “Royal William” or the “Queen Elizabeth.” Oddly, there’s even one named after Camilla Parker-Bowles. And of course there are Kate Middleton namesake roses now too, like the imaginatively-named “Kate.”
Finally, if you feel like reading over 3,000 words on the royal wedding today, here is a good place to do that.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 23, 2011