Wednesday 27 April 2011

    Dead poets, writers, actors, musicians and scientists to attend Royal Wedding

    Jane Austen, Laurence Olivier, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin & the Brontë sisters are some of the famous people who will be there in body, if not in spirit, for the Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey,

    the world’s greatest indoor cemetery.

    Some of the other guests include Geoffrey Chaucer, William Blake, Robert Burns, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, T. S. Eliot, Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Keats,  Rudyard Kipling  Percy Bysshe Shelley, Thomas Shadwell, Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Wordsworth, George Frideric Handel and Henry Purcell.

    The Choir of Westminster Abbey, 1851 by Max Emanuel Ainmiller.

    A home of Royal Pageantry

    The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, popularly known as Westminster Abbey, is a large, mainly Gothic church, in Westminster, London, England, located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English, British and monarchs of the Commonwealth Realms.

    Royal Weddings

    Westminster Abbey has a long tradition as venue for royal weddings although there were no royal weddings for more than five centuries between 1382 (Richard II to Anne of Bohemia) and 1919. Westminster Abbey became a popular when Princess Patricia of Connaught chose it for her marriage to the Honourable Alexander Ramsay in 1919.

    Westminster Abbey was chosen for the marriage of King George V’s daughter (Mary, Princess Royal) to Viscount Lascelles (later Earl of Harewood) in February 1922. And it was the setting for the weddings of two of the King’s sons: Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI) to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) in April 1923, and Prince George, Duke of Kent, to Princess Marina of Greece in November 1934.

    Westminster Abbey was the scene of the weddings of The Queen (as Princess Elizabeth) and The Duke of Edinburgh on 20 November 1947; Princess Margaret and Mr. Antony Armstrong-Jones (later Earl of Snowdon) on 6 May 1960; Princess Alexandra and the Hon. Angus Ogilvy (later Sir Angus) on 24 April 1963; Princess Anne (now The Princess Royal) and Captain Mark Phillips on 14 November 1973; and Prince Andrew (now The Duke of York) and Miss Sarah Ferguson on 23 July 1986.


    Since the coronations in 1066 of both King Harold and William the Conqueror, coronations of English and British monarchs were held in the Abbey.[1][8] Henry III was unable to be crowned in London when he first came to the throne because the French princeLouis had taken control of the city, and so the king was crowned in Gloucester Cathedral. However, this coronation was deemed by the Pope to be improper, and a further coronation was held in the Abbey on 17 May 1220.[9] The Archbishop of Canterbury is the traditional cleric in the coronation ceremony.

    King Edward’s Chair (or St Edward’s Chair), the throne on which English and British sovereigns have been seated at the moment of coronation, is housed within the Abbey and has been used at every coronation since 1308. From 1301 to 1996 (except for a short time in 1950 when it was temporarily stolen by Scottish nationalists), the chair also housed the Stone of Scone upon which the kings of Scots are crowned. Although the Stone is now kept in Scotland, in Edinburgh Castle, at future coronations it is intended that the Stone will be returned briefly to St Edward’s Chair for the moment of coronation.

    {Source via Wikipedia and Wikimedia}


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