Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: Royal wedding trivia continued

Here are a few more trivia tidbits picked from aolnews.com and royal-weddings.org.

Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and his bride are to be married is the favorite site for coronations. In fact, kings and queens of England have been crowned there since William the Conqueror in 1066. Seventeen monarchs have their final resting place there. The building that stands now was started in 1245. For Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, tiers and galleries were put in so that 8,200 people could fit in instead of only 2,000.

Many people are surprised when they find out that a royal can marry a commoner like Kate. But that is not a problem. The difficulty arises if the intended is a Catholic. The Act of Settlement, passed in 1701, states that royals cannot marry a Catholic. Kate is not Catholic, but Autumn Kelly, who married Peter Phillips, Prince William’s cousin, had to convert to Anglicanism. Otherwise, Peter would have had to give up his succession rights to the crown.

Kate Middleton rivals Princess Diana in the style department. She is viewed as one of the best-dressed women in England and regularly shows up on the lists that keep track of such things. She also appears in magazines such as Vanity Fair and People.

Curtsying might not seem like such a big deal. But there is a strict protocol that goes with the gesture. There is even an order to the curtsying that depends on the distance of the royal ladies and the consorts from the throne. When Kate marries William, the curtsy order will be the following:

Queen Elizabeth, Kate, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Princess Alexandra, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, Zara Phillips, Lade Sarah Chatto, Lady Davina Lewis of Gloucester, Lady Rose Gilman of Gloucester, Lady Helen Windsor.

As it turns out, Kate’s step-mother-in-law Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and second wife of Prince Charles should curtsy to Kate. But this only holds if Prince Charles is not in the room. Then there is no curtsying.

May 6, 1960 marked the first televised royal wedding. On that day, Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth, married Antony Armstrong-Jones. There were about 20 million viewers. The couple divorced in 1978, and Margaret died in 2002.

It has been a while since a foreign princess married a British royal. The last on was Princess Marina of Greece, who married Prince George, Duke of Kent, in 1934. Prince George was the fourth son of King George V. Prince George was killed in a plane crash during World War II.

It is facts like these that can make an event like the Royal Wedding Watch Party at Union Station even more fun. Showing off one’s knowledge can help pass the time as the guests file in to wait for the ceremony to begin.

The Watch Party begins at 3:00 a.m., so there will be plenty of time to trade trivia. Of course, many people will want to take advantage of the free admission to Diana, A Celebration, until 6:00 a.m. and the $5.00 admission from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. Union Station will show the wedding live and repeat the broadcast all day. A reception in the evening, beginning at 5:00, will feature the official royal wedding cake and champagne. The reception is free to Union Station members and $8.50 for non-members.

Diana, A Celebration, continues through June 12. Tickets are available through the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office, www.unionstation.org and all Ticketmaster locations.

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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: Royal wedding 2011 trivia

So much to know. So little time to learn it all.

The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is just a little more than a week away. The broad outlines of Kate’s life and William’s life are well enough known. But what about those little secrets or little-known details that make people really interesting.

Here are a few notes about Kate, William and other members of their families that most people probably do not know. Some of them might stump even the most studious fan. Thanks to yahoo.com, royal-weddings.org and aolnews.com for these tidbits.

This is not Prince William’s first royal wedding. He was a “miniature groomsman” at the 1986 nuptials of his uncle, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.

Prince William, when he becomes king, will be the tallest monarch since the reign of King Edward I (also known a Edward Longshanks). He was about six feet two inches tall. He was king more than 700 years ago. Prince William is about six feet three inches tall.

While he was in the Royal Air Force, Prince William was known as Billy The Fish among his comrades.

Kate and William share the same favorite cocktail: vodka, champagne and passion fruit juice.

William decided to be far away from home when he proposed to Kate. They were in Kenya at the time.

Kate Middleton is the oldest royal bride in history. She’s 29.

Going back a few years — when Diana Spencer married Prince Charles all those decades ago, she mixed up Charles’s name at the altar. It was difficult keeping all the names straight . . . Charles Philip Arthur George. . . .

Even more decades ago — when Princess Elizabeth got married, it was to a man who was already a prince. At the time, Phillip was Prince of Greece and Denmark.

More trivia to come.

Union Station Kansas City is the temporary home of Diana, A Celebration, an award-winning exhibition that chronicles the life and work of Prince William’s mother, the late People’s Princess. This is the exhibition’s last North American appearance. It will return to England after it closes June 12, 2011.

Union Station is also the site of what will likely be Kansas City’s largest royal wedding watch party, starting at 3:00 a.m., Friday, April 29. The all-day event will feature free admission to Diana, A Celebration, from 3:00 to 5:00 a.m., and $5.00 admission to the exhibition from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. Giveaways and contests will be part of the event, along with live coverage of the wedding itself.

Tickets for Diana, A Celebration are available through all Ticketmaster locations, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.

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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: Princess Diana exhibition receives more rave reviews

A the number of people visiting Diana, A Celebration, at Union Station Kansas City passes the 34,000 mark, the reviews of the exhibition reported by Ticketmaster continue to be overwhelmingly positive. “I was in awe of everything,” says a post on March 11. “So glad I got to see the exhibit. I wanted to take everything home.”

Everything in the exhibition will be going home to England after June 12, so Diana, A Celebration will only be around for less than two months. This is its final North American appearance.

There is still plenty of time to see Diana, A Celebration, though, and here are a few reasons — gleaned from the Ticketmaster reviews — to take the few hours necessary to explore the exhibition (edited only for non-substantive content):

“We really enjoyed this entire display of her life.”

“Diana was so much more than the wife of Prince Charles! This celebration of her life gives on the insight of where her heart is and that is with people all over the world. It was fun to see videos of her childhood and to realize that she enjoyed the same things other children enjoy . . . swimming . . . playing with siblings . . . etc. The exhibit is very well done and well worth one’s time to see it. Viewing the volumes of condolences received upon her untimely death makes on realize how much she was loved. Thanks to the Spencer family for sharing so much of Diana’s life with all of us. And thanks to Union Station for bringing it to Kansas City.”

“The Diana Exhibit was terrific. Very well done and very moving. There was a wide variety of items on display. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.”

“What a wonderful tribute to a most amazing woman. It was just so interesting and presented in such a way that you could take your time and really absorb everything.”

“Awesome experience. Loved that everything was ‘real’ and not a replica. THE dress is amazing — as were the other 26 gowns.”

“I am glad to have had the opportunity of seeing th wedding dress and the film of the wedding, other clothes she wore, family pictures and videos and learning more about her. . . . I was not aware that there were so many condolence books — that was quite astonishing.”

“Stunning collection of designer gowns. Extremely well presented. Well worth a visit. The Spencer jewels are exquisite.”

“My mother and daughter-in-law and I all enjoyed the Diana exhibit. They had displays from all her ages, and we learned many things we didn’t know about her. As a former bridal designer and custom dressmaker, I really enjoyed the CLOTHES!”

“Beautiful, emotional, unforgettable. We are fortunate to get the exhibit in KC.”

“The exhibition was a moving tribute to an amazing lady. The tribute room moved me to tears.”

Tickets for Diana, A Celebration, are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.

Be sure to attend the Royal Wedding Watch Party at Union Station on Friday, April 29, starting at 3:00 a.m. Admission to Diana, A Celebration will be free from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and just $5.00 from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. There will be giveaways and prizes, including a full wedding reception for up to 250 people.

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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: Kate and William’s royal wedding schedule

It all happens in the middle of the night here in the Midwest. When it is 8:00 a.m. in London, it is 2:00 a.m. here. However, the six-hour time difference seems to be a small inconvenience for American fans of Princess Diana’s son Prince William and his wife-to-be Kate Middleton. The word is that many people plan to take the day off entirely to enjoy the spectacle on television.

In Kansas City, royal wedding watchers will gather for the all-day Union Station Royal Wedding Watch Party, which begins at 3:00 a.m. That’s about 45 minutes before the first guests begin arriving at the site of the royal wedding — Westminster Abbey in London.

According to ABC News, this is how the event will unfold. All times are Kansas City:

2:15 a.m.: General guests begin arriving at Westminster Abbey, entering through the Great North Door

4:10 a.m.: Prince William and Best Man Prince Harry leave Clarence House for the five-minute drive to Westminster Abbey

4:20 a.m.: The mother of the bride, Carole Middleton, and the brother of the bride, James Middleton leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey, and foreign royal families arrive at Westminster Abbey

4:30 a.m.: Carole Middleton and James Middleton arrive at Westminster Abbey

4:40 a.m.: The groom’s family arrives at Westminster Abbey, including his uncle, Prince Andrew with daughters Beatrice and Eugenie; his aunt, Princess Anne and her husband; and his aunt and uncle, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who will all enter through the Great West Door.

4: 42 a.m.: Prince Charles and Camilla, William’s stepmother arrive at Westminster Abbey

4:45 a.m.: The last wedding guests, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrive at Westminster Abbey

10:48 a.m.: Kate Middleton’s bridesmaids and Prince William’s page boys depart the Goring Hotel to arrive five minutes before the wedding ceremony begins

The Union Station Royal Wedding Watch party is free and open to the public. Admission to Diana, A Celebration will be free from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and just $5.00 from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The exhibit, which chronicles the life and work of Prince William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, will be open until 9:00 p.m. with regular admission prices in effect after 10:00 a.m.

Tickets for Diana, A Celebration, are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.

For more details about the Union Station Royal Wedding Watch Party, see “Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: It’s Royal Wedding Watch Party time,” posted here April 18, 2011.

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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: It’s Royal Wedding Watch Party time

The Royal Wedding Watch Party at Union Station Kansas City is just 10 days away. It is going to be quite the event, beginning at 3:00 a.m. on Friday, April 29, and lasting throughout the day, all to celebrate the joining of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Free and open to the public, the Watch Party will feature live coverage of the royal wedding and, from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., free admission to Diana, A Celebration, in honor of Prince William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Admission will be only $5.00 from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Normal admission will be charged for the rest of the day.

There is even an official dance, with thanks to T-Mobile UK. After all, it is time to have a little fun. One would not be out-of-bounds to say that Princess Diana would have enjoyed it.

But more about the Royal Wedding Watch Party. A special giveaway will be announced: A complete wedding for one lucky couple and up to 250 guests. Anyone thinking about getting married should take note. Coverage of the royal wedding itself will be repeated all day, so anyone who misses the live broadcast will be able to see the event anytime that day.

Beginning at 5:00, Union Station is hosting a royal wedding reception, complete with champagne and the official chocolate biscuit royal wedding cake. Union Station members can enjoy the reception for free; non-members will pay a small admission fee.

It is not an overstatement to say that the Union Station Royal Wedding Watch Party is the way to celebrate what could well be a once-in-a-lifetime event. Whether one dances in or out is a matter of personal choice.

Of course, Diana, A Celebration, will continue through June 12, 2011, at Union Station Kansas City so there is still plenty of time to see this amazing exhibition. More than 30,000 people have already visited Diana, A Celebration, since it opened March 4.

Tickets for Diana, a Celebration, are available through all Ticketmaster location, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.

Next up: Some royal wedding trivia. Watch this space.

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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: A Royal Wedding Watch Party for Diana’s son, Prince William, and Kate Middleton

This just in from Union Station Kansas City. Great news for anyone who is interested in Princess Diana and the wedding of her son, Prince William, to Kate Middleton. The news release speaks for itself.

Union Station to Host Royal Wedding Watch Party with Live Coverage. Event begins at 3:00 a.m. with free admission to Diana: A Celebration and closes with aRoyal Wedding Reception.

 The eagerly awaited wedding of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton will play live in Union Station on Friday, April 29. The wedding, which begins at 11:00 a.m. in London, will commence at 6:00 a.m. in Kansas City. Union Station will open at 3:00 a.m. to start the festivities.

While guests await the appearance of William and Kate, they can view Diana: A Celebration, an exhibition chronicling the life and work of William’s mother, the late Princess of Wales. The exhibition already has attracted thousands of visitors since it opened March 4. It will run through June 12.

Admission to Diana: A Celebration is free between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., and $5.00 between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Ticket prices normally range from $10 to $25 and will return to full price after 10:00 a.m.

The Royal Wedding will appear live on a large screen in Union Station’s Sprint Festival Plaza. The ceremony will be replayed throughout the day and during the Royal Wedding Reception, which will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The Royal Wedding Reception is free for Union Station members and $(?) for non-members. It will feature the official Royal Wedding cake — chocolate biscuit — and champagne.

During the Royal Wedding Watch Party, guests will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a rehearsal dinner for 20 people. Details about another contest, with a grand prize of a wedding reception for 250 guests, as well as a wedding dress, flowers and a two-night stay at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott Hotel, will be announced.

Except for non-member admission to the Royal Wedding Reception and admission to Diana: A Celebration after 10:00 a.m., the Royal Wedding Watch Party is free and open to the public.

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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: Princess Diana in her own words

Princess Diana had quite a lot to say about life in general and her own life. It seems clear from the quotations gathered from various sources that she believed strongly in caring for other people. Yet, she also displayed a sometimes pointed sense of humor.

One source for quotations from Diana is dianapow.com. Here’s a sampling:

“Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can.”

“Being a princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

“I like to be a free spirit. Some don’t like that, but that’s the way I am.”

“I want my boys to have an understanding of people’s emotions, their insecurities, people’s distress, and their hopes and dreams.”

“I want to walk into a room, be in a hospital for the dying or a hospital for the sick children, and feel that I am needed. I want to do, not just to be.”

“I’d like people to think of me as someone who cares about them.”

“It’s vital that the monarchy keeps in touch with the people. It’s what I try to do.”

“The say it is better to be oor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?”

“If men had to have babies, they would only ever have one each.”

To that last tidbit, Diana also added that Prince Charles was so absorbed in the study of childbirth and child rearing that she thought he should go ahead and have the next baby.

From Diana’s extensive work for charitable causes, it can safely be presumed that she not only talked about caring for other people but also acted on her commitment. She was able to give a voice to people in need from many unfortunate circumstances: disease, war, hunger and much more.

Diana, A Celebration, at Union Station Kansas City now through June 12, 2011, chronicles some of Diana’s charitable work, highlighting her desire to turn her words into action. It provides a taste of the variety of her efforts and the impact she had on the world.

Tickets for Diana, A Celebration, are available through all Ticketmaster locations, the Union Station ticket office, the Sprint Center box office and www.unionstation.org.

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