Countdown begins as royal wedding seating revealed
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 21:41
  
London: As countdown begins for the April 29 royal wedding, details of the seating arrangements at Westminster Abbey on the day were revealed on Saturday, which includes close family members sitting nearest to the couple as they take their vows on Friday.

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry will sit in the front row. Bride-to-be Kate Middleton's mother Carole will sit directly opposite Queen Elizabeth.

Celebrity guests at the event include Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham and Rowan Atkinson.

Guests number 2,000 people from various walks of life. More than 1,000 of those in the Abbey will have to rely upon video screens to follow the service.

Prince William and Kate Middleton chose the Abbey for its intimacy despite its size, as well as its 1,000-year Royal history and majestic beauty.

About 1,000 people will sit in the section of the Abbey in front of the Quire, a partition in the building which restricts the view of the altar to anyone behind it, giving it the feel of a large parish church.

Members of the Spencer family, relatives of Prince William's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, will sit next to the Middletons.

Friends of the Middleton family will sit on the other side of the Abbey away from the Royal Family.

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family will sit in the North Lantern across the aisle from the Middleton family, who will be in the South Lantern.

They will be the closest to the Sanctuary, where William and Miss Middleton will stand.

In the front row, in order, will be the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, with a seat reserved for Prince Harry when he has completed his best man duties.

Foreign dignitaries and diplomats will sit in the South Transept which is directly to the side.

Forty-six foreign royals will be in attendance, including the Prince of Bahrain.

Prime Minister David Cameron and other cabinet members and Ed Miliband, Labour leader will sit in the south side of the Abbey behind the choir.

Seated behind the choir will be faith representatives and friends of the bride and groom.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 21:41


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