Word broke today that England’s Prince William and his girlfriend Kate née Catherine Middleton will marry on April 29th at Westminster Abbey, the same church were his mother’s funeral was held, and where 17 British monarchs are interred.
The prince and the future princess eschewed St. Paul’s Cathedral where his parents were married in favor of this historic venue. However, might this be an inauspicious choice? It seems that the vast majority of royals who have wed at Westminster Abbey have wound up divorcing that spouse. To wit: Princess Anne and her husband; Prince Andrew and Sarah Duchess of York; Princess Margaret….
Is this a trend? Well, perhaps not. It is also notable that Queen Elizabeth herself was both coronated and married in Westminster Abbey. So there are marriages that have survived Westminster, it really is up to the couple. And the reasons that Kate and William chose this location seem perfectly well thought out:
Royal officials said Tuesday that the couple chose the venue for its beauty, intimacy and historic royal connections, and the date because they wanted a spring wedding. It also the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena, whose name Middleton shares – though that is a coincidence. FILE read more: http://www.thestate.com/2010/11/22/1573126/bishop-apologizes-for-royal-wedding.html#ixzz169xStwaf