MADRID – Queen Sofia, Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, Princess Letizia, will attend the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton, to be celebrated April 29 in London, the Spanish royal household said Friday.
William, second in line of succession to the British crown, will marry his fiancee at Westminster Abbey.
After the ceremony, a reception will be given at Buckingham Palace, which has prepared 19 rooms to receive with music and canapes the 600 wedding guests including royals from several countries.
The couple has chosen Westminster Abbey – where the future Queen Elizabeth II wed the duke of Edinburgh in 1947 – for its “extraordinary beauty” and “intimacy,” Prince William’s private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, said earlier.
William and Kate, both 28, became officially engaged – though without making it public – last October while on vacation in Kenya, after which the prince sought the blessing of his grandmother, Elizabeth II, to marry, and formally asked his fiancee’s father, Michael Middleton, for her hand in marriage.
The firstborn of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, he met his fiancee in 2001 when the two were studying at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. EFE