April 1, 2011 / 2:35 PM / 6 years ago

Royal wedding snapshots: Knocking knees, riots and rings

(Reuters Life!) - Following is a selection of stories related to the April 29th royal wedding of Britain's Prince William that have appeared in newspapers and on websites in the last week.

(Reuters does not vouch for the accuracy of reports from other publications.)

-- Without this ring, I thee wed

Prince William has decided not to wear a wedding ring following his marriage to Kate Middleton, palace officials have revealed.

According to senior royal sources, the Prince discussed the issue with his fiancee but has chosen not to. "It is simply down to personal preference," an aide said.

Kate, 29, will wear a band fashioned from a lump of Welsh gold already owned by the Royal Family which will be given to her in the traditional way during the Westminster Abbey wedding ceremony.

(Source: Daily Mail, April 1)

-- Knocking knees betray William's pre-wedding nerves

William has admitted he is feeling nervous and daunted as he looks forward to the wedding.

However, William said he had managed to "outfox the media" and have a stag party away from the prying eyes of the press.

Asked what was worrying him most about the wedding, William, 28, laughed and said "The whole thing."

(Source: Reuters, April 1)

-- "We thought wedding would never happen" -Harry

Prince Harry revealed on Thursday his family thought his elder brother William would never take the plunge and marry Kate Middleton.

He also said they would be thinking of their mother, the late Princess Diana, on the big day.

"We all thought that it was never going to happen for him. But it has happened, and I think everyone's going to be very proud of him," he told reporters.

"I think he's done the right thing. He's waited, and he's done it when he feels right, and it's a huge step."

Turning his attention to Diana he ventured: "I hope she would be very, very proud that the big day has come upon him."

(Source: Reuters, March 31)

-- Royal wedding Lego tribute

The smallest tribute yet has been paid to the wedding -- miniature Lego figures depicting the happy couple.

The bride and groom, Queen and Duke of Edinburgh and even corgis, the monarch's favorite breed of dogs, are all recreated in tiny detail at the new attraction.

The royal wedding scene also includes crowds, guests and members of the royal family on Buckingham Palace's famous balcony.

It took model makers at Legoland Windsor 30 hours to make the tribute to William and Kate's nuptials using 10,000 bricks.

(Source: Metro, March 31)

-- Kate Middleton's quiet evening in for hen night

Kate Middleton has followed the example of Prince William by opting for a distinctly low-key hen night.

Miss Middleton secretly celebrated her final weeks as a single woman with a handful of her closest friends several days ago. And, like her future husband, she stayed well away from the public eye by shunning the traditional night on the town.

Organized by her younger sister, Pippa, who will be maid of honor at the royal wedding, Miss Middleton's private party was understood to have taken place at the home of a friend.

(Source: Daily Telegraph, March 28)

-- PM to hold No 10 street party on royal wedding day

He knows all about running a political party, but now David Cameron is to try his hand at organizing a royal one.

The prime minister has applied for a license to hold a street bash outside No. 10 to mark the big day.

Cameron and his family are to celebrate with bunting, flags and food, along with millions of ordinary Brits up and down the land.

(Source: Daily Mirror, March 28)

-- UK police aim to prevent royal wedding riots

British police said on Monday they were considering tough measures to prevent disorder at the wedding amid fears anarchists will target the event following rioting at a weekend protest in London.

Black-clad, masked youths smashed the fronts of shops, banks and the exclusive Ritz hotel and battled riot police during a rampage across the capital, leaving 109 people injured including 56 officers while there were more than 200 arrests.

The anarchist groups had split from a huge protest of more than 250,000 people organized by trade unions against the British government's austerity measures, and there is concern that they will now target the wedding.

Source: Reuters, March 28

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