Prince William & Kate Middleton's Wedding Plans Upset the Queen

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prince williamHer Majesty Queen Elizabeth issued quite a scolding to her grandson Prince William regarding the plans he has made for his upcoming wedding to Kate Middleton. While some of the Queen's objections pertain solely to tradition, most concern the logistics involved in his vision of events.

She's not just being a stuffy old busybody; Her Majesty has planned more than a few royal weddings, and she understands the limitations of staff and venues, as well as the time required to pull off such massive productions without a hitch. The Queen isn't just royalty -- she could be a professional event planner. You know, as long as every event involved her staff and Buckingham Palace.

As a project manager by trade (and a woman who's dealt with my share of men who try to stuff ten pounds of crap in a one pound bag -- figuratively, of course), I can't help giggling at the frustration the Queen must feel, seeing Prince Charles and Prince William writing checks that Buckingham Palace and its staff can't cash. As explained in the Huffington Post:

Buckingham Palace only has one kitchen set up for formal occasions. Even with all the staff and help, it will take hours to set up the wedding breakfast reception. So by the time that reception is finished at around 3:30pm in the afternoon, all the fine china and crystal have to be cleared, hand-washed, and reset, and then another multi-course meal prepared for several hundred more guests just a few hours later for dinner.

Only a couple of guys who've never hand washed a single silver spoon in all their lives would think such a turn-around was possible.

The Queen is also piqued over other details we commoners must navigate when planning weddings. She doesn't approve of Kate traveling by car to Westminster Abbey, nor is she pleased with the idea of a buffet lunch reception. Her Majesty is also balking at the guest list -- the royal version of the father of the bride bellowing: "Who the hell are all these people and why am I paying to feed them?!"

I would bet that Kate Middleton hasn't uttered one word of input regarding the wedding plans. Not that I blame her; it wouldn't much matter what she thought anyway. Becoming a princess meant relinquishing control over her own wedding day. Think of that when you're tempted to grouse about the wedding day concessions you had to make to appease your own mother-in-law.

 

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Missy... MissyFitzny

Seriously. Who cares?

nonmember avatar Allboys

I have to agree with the "why is this news crowd". BUT if it were me I would elope so that I had control over my private wedding. Then the queen and all her minions could have as much control over the public ceremony as they wanted.

Knitt... KnittinMama

I would do it at the courthouse and let gramdma have her ceremony. But the hush money would be a waste because who wouldnt tell everyone you met a prince?

night... night.magic

Sounds foolish to spend elaborate amounts of money on a dang wedding, probably turn around and be divorced just as quick.

Ibrahim Faiza

THESE CHILDREN BECAME MEN WHEN THE WHOLE WORLD WAS WATCHING FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF THEIR MOTHER WHICH LEFT ALL WOMEN SPEECLESS. SO ME AS A MOTHER,IF HE HAS ALREADY MADE A MISTAKE BY CHOOSING THE GIRL THEN LET HIM BE FORGIVEN AND THEY TRY TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT FOR HIM - THIS BOY NEVER GREW BY HIS MOTHER TO TELL HIM WHAT IS GOOD AND BAD.
FAIZA IBRAHIM (JUBA-SOUTHERN SUDAN)hibraa2002@yahoo.com

nonmember avatar laurent

Having a longtime deep respect of our Princess Of Wales,

I would like to share a wonderful music dedicated to the future wedding of Prince William & Kate Middleton.
At the same time, this song send a lovely tribute to the late Princess of Wales, Lady Diana.

Hereby you will find the youtube link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnc8UHT2mSk&feature=channel_video_title

Sincerly, this is not an advertisement mail or spam. In fact, I just would like to share a good news.

Thanks,

Regards,

Laurent.

navyw... navywife0204

this is why my hubby and I did our own wedding.  WE were the only ones who had any input!  there were no unwanted opinions! 

nonmember avatar Tara

I don't believe a word of this article. I watched the Queen turn to her husband immediately after the wedding as she walked outside and her mouth said "excellent" Hardly sounds like a pissed off Queen aka Granny. Why do you people make up such dramatic stories about the royal family? People like you are what drove poor Princess Diana crazy. Have you ever TRIED to write a NON-negative article about the royals?

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