Royal Wedding update: Repaired Rolls-Royce, carriages
Officials connected with the shindig said Tuesday (March 22) that bride-to-be Kate Middleton will arrive at Westminster Abbey in the Rolls-Royce that was damaged when Prince Charles and Camilla were attached by protesters in December, but it will be repaired and looking good as new.
Royal brides traditionally arrive at Westminster in horse-drawn carriages, but Kate has chosen to arrive by car. "Today" speculated it was perhaps because the carriages tend to have a rocking a motion that causes motion sickness.
But they can't escape that altogether, as the wedding party is departing the ceremony in five horse-drawn carriages. Prince William and his bride will leave the wedding in the ornate open-topped 1902 State Landau, which was the same carriage Prince Charles used for his 1981 wedding to Princess Diana. It was built for King Edward VII's coronation.
If it is raining, the couple will instead use the "Glass Coach," which was built in 1881. The next two carriages after William and Kate will carry best man Prince Harry and maid of honor Pippa Middleton, plus the wedding party.
The last two carriages will carry Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, followed by a Prince Charles, Camilla and Michael and Carole Middleton, Kate's parents.
The big day is April 29.