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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: The royal wedding programme and some Diana stats

For people who just cannot get enough of the royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William, there is a new souvenir available on the Internet: the Royal Wedding Programme, a blow-by-blow account of the big day. It is online at cerosmedia.com, and it does not cost a penny.

In other royalty news, Diana, A Celebration, at Union Station Kansas City had a record-breaking weekend in terms of attendance. Here are the particulars from a press release issued by Union Station:

“As Kate Middleton and Prince William exchanged vows, 3,500 people were watching at Union Station’s Royal Wedding Watch Party. During the party, nearly 2,000 visitors experienced Diana, A Celebration, which chronicles the life and charitable work of Diana, Princess of Wales. By day’s end, more than 3,000 people had walked through the exhibition at Union Station, surpassing the previous North American single-day attendance record for the exhibition. Total attendance for Diana, A Celebration, at Union Station now stands at more than 50,000.

“By 9 p.m. Thursday, April 28, guests were lining up outside Union Station for a Royal Wedding Watch Party that would not begin until 3 a.m., April 29. They were there to claim the best seats to watch the royal wedding on a giant screen and to be first in line for a free viewing of Diana, A Celebration.

“An estimated 3,500 people watched from the seats in Sprint Festival Plaza as the wedding guests arrived and the bride took her four-minute walk down the aisle of Westminster Abbey in London, England.

“Local and national media took note of the Union Station Royal Wedding Watch party and have been covering Diana, A Celebration since it arrived in Kansas  City. The watch party alone garnered coverage on NBC’s Today Show and E! as well as ABC’s Good Morning America and 20/20.”

The royal wedding might be over, but Diana, A Celebration, goes on through June 12, 2011. This tribute to Prince William’s mother is not to be missed. Many people are coming back again and again, bringing friends and family to share the experience.

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.


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Diana, A Celebration, Union Station Kansas City: And yet more royal wedding trivia

On Google, there are some 3,330,000 websites dedicated at least in part to royal wedding trivia. Surely, they have covered it all. England’s royal family must be the most intimately known group of people on earth. Of course, Princess Diana herself was a prime example of the phenomenon of prying. The difference is that she knew how to use the media to advance her own ends, including her extensive charity work.

That commentary aside, it is time to join the herd and trot out a few more trifles about the royal family. These factoids have been taken from sources that include zoomermag.com and voxmagazine.com. An effort has been made to stay away from the salacious and hold to the higher road.

For example, it is not true that Kate Middleton and Prince William are too closely related to be married. They are actually 12th cousins, once removed. They shared a great-grandfather, Sir Thomas Leighton, 12 generations ago (for William) and 11 generations ago (for Kate). Sir Thomas was an Elizabethan (the first Queen Elizabeth) aristocrat. William Shakespeare was writing his plays and sonnets at the time.

This is unfortunate but hardly scandalous: Kate and William share their wedding date with an infamous couple from the fairly distant past. Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler were married in a Berlin bunker on April 29, 1945. Shortly afterward, the unhappy couple committed suicide.

The digital age has taken a turn for the romantic. Kate and William’s engagement was announced via Twitter.

William and Kate will not be accepting gifts. They have asked their wedding guests to donate to the Zoological Society of London. Both of them are dedicated to animal conservation, the Zoological Society is very active in that area, helping preserve elephants in Asia and Africa and rhinos in Kenya. By way of contrast, when Diana and Prince Charles were married, they asked for, among other things, a gourmet barbecue set and a pair of cockatoos.

As is well known by now, Kate’s 27-year-old sister Philippa Charlotte Middleton (Pippa) will be maid of honor at the ceremony in Westminster Abbey.  What might be less well-known are Pippa’s plans for the prenuptial experience. Rumor has it she is hosting a top-secret “hen party” in London and a Dirty Dancing party in Berkshire at the family home.

Stepping back into history for a moment: Prince William is only the second eldest son of a Prince of Wales to be married before his father became king of England. George V did it in 1892. He married Princess Victoria Mary of Teck. Princess Victoria Mary had been engaged to George’s older brother Albert Victor. However, Albert Victor died before he married Princess Victoria Mary, thus making George the eldest son. When Queen Victoria died in 1901, Prince Albert Edward, George’s father, became King Edward VII.

Of course, it was the eldest son of George V and Victoria Mary who would become King Edward VIII briefly. He abdicated the throne so he could marry Wallis Simpson, an American. His brother George then became King George VI, he of The King’s Speech fame.

Obviously, part of the problem with royal family trivia is how complicated it can become. However, if one can at last commit the previous bit of information to memory, it is certain to impress a crowd, if not completely befuddle everyone present.

Whatever the case, it should be unfurled like Princess Diana’s 25-foot train at the Union Station Royal Wedding Watch Party, beginning at 3:00 a.m. on April 29 — the Big Day. Time should be saved also to pay a visit to Diana, A Celebration. Admission is free from 3:00 to 6:00 a.m. and just $5.0o from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. Harvey’s Union Station will be serving coffee, and live coverage of the royal wedding will be shown. Many other contests, giveaways and other activities are planned.

Tickets for Diana, A Celebration, for other days are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, 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: 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: 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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