If you enjoyed the Royal Wedding, then get ready to experience the pomp, circumstance, and majesty of British Royalty all over again this summer.
For Buckingham Palace revealed today that Kate and William will recreate the carriage ride they made on their wedding day, and the ride will be followed, as it was last year, by an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
A spokesperson at Buckingham Palace told the Daily Beast that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be travelling on their own in an open carriage, and that the "exact configuration" of the members of the other carriages has not yet been decided. However, the decision by the palace to firmly place Kate and William at the very heart of the celebrations, is bound to delight international TV networks and media organizations, who will now be hoping that the Jubilee celebrations have the capacity to be as big a TV event as the royal wedding was. The wedding was seen by one out of every two people on the planet.
The scale of the celebrations certainly seems set to dwarf the Golden Jubilee celebrations of 10 years ago, when Queen guitarist Brian May played "God Save the Queen" from a rooftop perch on Buckingham Palace, as the royal establishment seeks to surf the extraordinary wave of popularity triggered by last year’s wedding.
The royal couples will be accompanied through the streets of Westminster by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Harry as they greet the thousands expected to line their route on Tuesday, June 5. That date will mark the final day of a monster Jubilee four-day bank holiday weekend, which will feature a Thames pageant with more than 1,000 boats, and a concert in front of Buckingham Palace rumored to include Harry’s pals Kanye West and Katy Perry.
Lt. Col. Dan Hughes, the Household Cavalry’s commanding officer, told The Daily Telegraph, “During the royal wedding last year, the size of crowds took us all by surprise. We’re expecting something similar for the Jubilee.”
The pomp and ceremony promises to be unrivalled, according to the details released by the Palace today, with military bands and 60-gun salutes being fired as the procession makes its way through the streets of London.
Sixty years and hardly a slip.