Prince William and Kate ‘close to choosing venue’
Prince William and Kate Middleton are said to be “very close” to choosing a venue for their London wedding but a date for the big day has yet to be decided.
The Prince and his bride-to-be spent yesterday considering plans for their marriage ceremony as they continue to organise their nuptials.
Ms Middleton, 28, was photo-graphed this week leaving Westminster Abbey after a private tour and it is now the favourite venue to stage the event.
The couple are thought to favour some time in March for the exchange of vows but could opt for a summer month like July when the weather is more dependable.
Prince William, 28, and Ms Middleton gave aides a list of their plans on Wednesday and officials have spent the intervening time consulting with senior royals, the government and other interested parties before reporting back to the couple. But, with many factors needing to be taken into consideration for the date of the ceremony, more discussions with various groups are required.
The couple are also trying to fit their planning around Prince William’s job as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot and are not rushing their decisions. Any discussions between the pair will be by telephone as Prince William is flying in North Wales and Ms Middleton is at her family home in Berkshire.
David Cameron gave them a boost on Thursday when he suggested there should be a “national day of celebration” to honour their marriage. The couple gave their support to the Prime Minister’s idea of an extra bank holiday to allow the country to mark their wedding day.
Mr Cameron described the prospect of an extra bank holiday as a “very good idea” if the ceremony was held on a weekday – but still a “great temptation” if it took place during a weekend. A St James’s Palace spokesman said: “Prince William and Catherine Middleton are grateful for the Prime Minister’s comments. They support the idea of a bank holiday but recognise this is very much a matter for the government.” The Prime Minister said there would need to be a debate but indicated he was personally keen on idea.
It has also emerged that the wedding will be commemorated by a number of institutions. The Royal Mint is creating its first coin to mark a royal engagement in its 1,100-year history. The £5 collector’s piece will be minted in the coming months and go on sale before the wedding. The engagement, which has caught the imagination of the world, is also likely to be celebrated by a new stamp. The Royal Mail said its Special Stamp programme always aims to honour key events in UK heritage and it would be consulting with the Queen and others before anything was produced.