Prince William and the princess-in-training, Catherine "Kate" Middleton wasted no time after announcing their engagement news: The happy couple has not only set a wedding date, but picked a location as well! According to the royal rumors, the pair will get married on April 29th, 2011 at Westminster Abbey, where Queen Elizabeth II was married. (Princess Diana and Prince Charles were married at St. Paul's Cathedral.)
The location wasn't a shock, as Kate was just seen checking out Abbey, however, we were a little surprised by the impending date. April 29th is only five months away (which feels really rushed considering it took Wills eight months to pop the question!) Now we get that Kate will have lots of help with the wedding planning, and she won't have to go out looking for the perfect wedding dress or anything (considering designers are lining up to show her their sketches,) but still. Pulling together a wedding, especially one of this scale is no easy task—even with all the queen's horses and all the queen's men to help. So after we heard the date, our first impulse was to wonder if perhaps, the rush to the altar is because Ms. Middleton is expecting? But just as we started picking out baby names for the mini prince or princess, we heard that Prince William wanted as short of an engagement as possible—from the start. So alas, we do not believe there is a bun in Kate's oven, but wouldn't that be quite the royal scandal! (Still, we're predicting a royal birth won't be far off. After all, who knows what will happen on the honeymoon?)
Okay, so back to the wedding planning. Now, April 29th isn't just any old day. It happens to commemorate the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena, and we all know by now that Kate's given name is Catherine (since the oh, so proper palace doesn't use nicknames), so the wedding date is really in honor of the bride. (Kinda sweet that the day was chosen for Kate (or should we say, Catherine?), right?) It's a pretty big sign that the royal family is really welcoming Kate into the family despite her "middle-class" background. (And by middle class, we mean that her parents aren't royalty or twelfth generation nobility but rather, what we might call "new money," as they actually made their millions. But considering we just said millions, they are hardly what we might call "middle-class" despite the fact that Kate was nicknamed "middle-class Middleton" by some snobby classmates, who are eating their words now.).