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Westminster Abbey, first choice for the royal family to tie the knot

04-29-2011 08:49 BJT Special Report:UK Royal Wedding - Prince William and Kate Middleton |

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Westminster Abbey has long been first choice for royals to tie the knot. And so it will be when Prince William marries Kate on Friday.

Princess Patricia of Connaught was the first royal bride in 650 years who chose the abbey for her marriage to the Honorable Alexander Ramsay in 1919.

Many others have followed since, including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne and more recently Prince Andrew and Miss Sarah Ferguson.

Although William's parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, were married at St. Paul's Cathedral, the funeral service for Diana in 1997 took place at the Abbey following her fatal car crash in Paris.

Henry III commissioned the building of the abbey in 1245, replacing a church built by Edward the Confessor.

All English sovereigns since William the Conqueror have been crowned at the Abbey with the exception of Edward VIII.

 

 

Westminster Abbey has long been first choice for royals to tie the knot. And so it will be when Prince William marries Kate on Friday.

Many notable British names have been put to rest here, most notably Sir Isaac Newton, David Livingstone, and Charles Darwin.

A part of the south transept, which is also known as the Poets' Corner, houses the tombs of numerous poets, writers and other literati.

The Abby's next historic moment, the royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, will take place on April 29th.

Westminster Abbey has long been first choice for royals to tie the knot. And so it will be when Prince William marries Kate on Friday.

Westminster Abbey has long been first choice for royals
to tie the knot. And so it will be when Prince William
marries Kate on Friday.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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