Abbey hopes not to blow fuse at royal wedding

Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:39pm EDT
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By Avril Ormsby

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The Dean of Westminster Abbey John Hall is praying its third-time lucky for Prince William and Kate Middleton during their wedding after the power went down on two recent Fridays.

An estimated two billion people are set to tune into the royal wedding on Friday, April 29, potentially the largest television audience ever, with 2,000 attending the service.

Camera crews from around the world will be relaying images of William, the son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, marrying his long-term girlfriend.

But the dean revealed that the electricity supply had gone down twice at the abbey and surrounding area in the past month -- only for a short time, but both on a Friday.

"This is slightly alarming, if the electricity goes at some point on the morning of April 29th then we shall certainly be upset about that," he told Reuters.

"In fact, our clerk of works has been very closely in touch with our electricity suppliers and changed various fuses, so we hope all that is going to be fine."

The Gothic abbey, or to use its formal name the Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster, has a long connection with royals, dating back a 1,000 years.

It had been linked mainly with coronations and burials until the 20th century when a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Patricia, set the trend for marriages in 1919.   Continued...