Posted: Nov 23, 2010 12:16 PM by Greg Boyce
LONDON (AP) - Prince William's private secretary says the prince and Kate Middleton are playing a "very active role" in planning the events for next April 29.
That's when they're scheduled to be married at Westminster Abbey in London.
The prince's aide says the couple knows that the world will be watching -- and they want it to be a "classic example of what Britain does best." He says they chose Westminster because despite its size -- it holds 2,000 people -- it has a sense of intimacy. It also has centuries of royal history. British kings and queens are crowned there, and 17 monarchs are buried there. British Prime Minister David Cameron says the wedding day will be a public holiday.
There has been some grumbling in England about holding a lavish royal bash in the midst of economic austerity. The palace says the royal family and the Middletons are going to cover the costs of the wedding, reception and honeymoon. But that doesn't include the security that will be needed.