Monday, January 24, 2011

Royal Wedding Crashers

Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton

Think you're stuck watching the Royal Wedding of the Year on your new 60" Sony 3D LED HDTV? Think again. While the April 29 nuptials will be a private affair, you can catch the beautiful bride-to-be when she arrives at Westminster Abbey for the 11 a.m. ceremony. Once the wedding has concluded, the royal newlyweds will take a leisurely horse-drawn carriage ride to the reception at Buckingham Palace. Starting at Westminster Abbey, the carriage procession will pass by city hot spots including Parliament Square, White Hall and the Horse Guards Parade.

If you miss that, try catching them on their honeymoon - the popular consensus is they'll head to Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef, off the east coast of Australia. This exotic, uber-luxe island is a lovely choice for any privacy-deficient couple and perfect for keeping the media and their many admirers at bay.

Book your airfare and hotel accommodations immediately. Air carriers are already charging 40% over the normal ticket price. If you want to keep your costs down, fly into Paris or Brussels and take the Eurostar train into the city instead of flying directly to London. Also, consider staying at a hotel or inn outside of London. There are plenty of options. Our favorites near or in London include: Four Seasons Hampshire, The Cliveden and "41"

If you're looking to do more than just play the role of royal stalker while you're in London, here's a few suggestions:

April 17 - Virgin London Marathon
Amateurs and advanced runners alike are gearing up for one of the year's top races. This just in: Mara Yamauchi, British runner and a top contender for the London 2012 Olympics, has just sustained a serious hamstring injury and will not be able to race in the marathon. Looks like your chances of winning have just gone up .00000001%. Good luck!

April 23 - William Shakespeare's Birthday
Celebrate the Bard's birthday at The Globe Theatre, his country home at Stratford-on-Avon, or at one of the hundreds of celebrations or festivals in and around the city.

Through June 30, 2012 - The Enchanted Palace at Kensington Palace
A Fashion Do: While Kensington Palace enjoys a much-needed makeover, this extraordinary exhibition has transformed the State Apartments into a veritable wonderland. Designed to tell a story of what life was like at Court, each room is adorned with a different installation designed by one of Britain's leading couturiers including Paul Costelloe, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Amanika Westmont, Bruce Oldfield, William Tempest and Zandra Rhodes.

Of course, if you prefer to skip the trip and stay home, the wedding will be televised at 4 a.m. CST (consult your TV guide for channel listing). Just have the champagne ready and we'll see you then!

Posted by Kerry Shorr

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