Factbox: Royal wedding to take place at Westminster Abbey

Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:18pm EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - Here are some facts about London's Westminster Abbey where the marriage ceremony of Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton will take place on April 29, 2011.


-- The Abbey became a popular venue for royal weddings when Princess Patricia of Connaught chose it for her marriage to the Honorable Alexander Ramsay in 1919.

-- It was the first time for 650 years that the Abbey had been used for a royal wedding.

-- Westminster Abbey was chosen for the marriage of King George V's daughter (Mary, Princess Royal) to Viscount Lascelles (later Earl of Harewood) in February 1922.

-- Two of George V's sons married at the Abbey - Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI) to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) in April 1923 and Prince George, Duke of Kent married Princess Marina of Greece there in November 1934. In April 2002, the Queen Mother's funeral service took place at Westminster Abbey. She died on March 30 at the age of 101.

-- After World War Two, Westminster Abbey was the scene of the marriage of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and Prince Philip on November 20, 1947.

-- Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones (later Earl of Snowdon) were married there in May 1960. Three years later Princess Alexandra married Angus Ogilvy in April 1963.

-- Princess Anne (now The Princess Royal) and Captain Mark Phillips were married there in November 1973. Prince Andrew (now The Duke of York) and Miss Sarah Ferguson were married there in July 1986.   Continued...