Royal wedding fever is taking over the country and what we want is details, details, details! So while we’re still waiting to hear where the royal honeymoon might be – locations from Scilly to Chile are currently being bandied about – here’s a few facts about the London hotel where Kate will spend her last night as Miss Middleton.
The night before the wedding is a special time for any bride and, like many modern brides, princess-to-be Kate, will pass her last night as a single lady with her parents and sister. Keen to avoid too much pomp and pageantry, Kate has opted to avoid Clarence House and instead will be checking into the elegant Edwardian-era Goring Hotel. Kate is extremely family orientated and so is her hotel of choice, having been run by the same family since its opening in 1910.
William and Kate couldn’t have picked a hotel with a richer regal history. Previous royal visitors include Queen Mary, consort of George V, and her daughter-in-law, the Queen Mother, both of whom loved to take afternoon tea in the hotel’s subtle but sumptuous surroundings. The King and Queen and their young children are also known to have celebrated the end of the Second World War here over a hearty sausage and scrambled egg breakfast, while Queen Elizabeth took advantage of the Goring’s superior pastry chefs to bake Prince Charles’ christening cake.
The Royal Wedding party will be staying in the fifth floor, five-bedroom Royal apartments which have recently been redecorated in splendid style. Apparently the update was commissioned about two years ago with the finishing touches falling in to place just in time for the noble nuptials. There are no shots of the new suites yet but based on the photograph of the hotel’s Most Splendid Silk Room, the suite is bound to capture the best of English eccentricity and elegance.
A precise plan for the big day has been issued by St.James’s Palace; Prince William and, his brother and best man, Prince Harry will leave Clarence House at 10.10am and arrive at the Abbey five minutes later, followed by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will depart from Buckingham Palace and arrive at the West door of Westminster Abbey at 10.45am. Like most brides, Kate will, of course, be the last to arrive, having been scheduled exactly nine minutes to leave the Goring and arrive at the Abbey for the 11.00am marriage service.