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Westminster Abbey (L) is pictured in central London, on November 23, 2010. Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey, the historic London church where the funeral of his mother Diana was held in 1997, royal officials said Tuesday.
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The April 29th royal wedding is set to take a page from sports bars and stadiums everywhere, with up to 12 plasma screens installed inside the 900 year-old Westminster Abbey venue, reports the Mirror.
The decision may enable guests to get a good look at Prince William exchanging wedding vows with Kate Middleton, however, will the modern screens take away from the ageless aura of the Abbey?
Founded in 960 by Benedictine monks, the Abbey is home to the remains of 17 British kings and has hosted 15 royal weddings, including that of the Queen when she wed Prince Philip of Greece in 1947.
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Britain’s Prince William smiles as he walks with his girlfriend Kate Middleton at RAF Cranwell, central England on April 11, 2008
The layout of the building is such that only people sitting right at the front will clearly see the wedding vows; those sitting further back will watch via the plasma screens — meaning they’re seeing the same scene as people at home watching it on TV.
“The Abbey is huge, but basically cut in half by the choir,” said a source to the Mirror. “So your view will be significantly obstructed if you are sitting anywhere other than right under the couple’s noses.”
The Mirror also reports that there will be a larger television audience watching than when Prince Charles wed Princess Diana.
Below, a list of other famous couples who married at the Abbey, without the aid of televisions:
- April 26, 1923: The Duke of York ( King George VI) was married to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
- May 6,1960: Princess Margaret married Antony Armstrong-Jones (later Earl of Snowdon).
- July 23,1986 Prince Andrew married Miss Sarah Ferguson.
- November 14,1973: Princess Anne was married to Captain Mark Phillips.
- April 24, 1963: Princess Alexandra of Kent and Angus Ogilvy.
- November 29, 1934: The Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece.
- February 28, 1922: Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles.
- February 27, 1919: Princess Patricia of Connaught and Commander Alexander Ramsay.
- January 20, 1382: Richard II and Anne of Bohemia.
- July 8, 1290: Margaret, daughter of Edward I, & John, son of Duke of Brabant.
- April 30, 1290. Joan of Acre, daughter of Edward I, & Earl of Gloucester.
- April 8 or 9, 1269: Prince Edmund and Aveline de Forz.
- January 4, 1243: Richard, Earl of Cornwall and Sanchia of Provence.