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As promised, our feet were on the ground in London on Royal Wedding Day, albeit far from the crush and mania of the procession route and Buckingham Palace. While royalists clamoured for a view of The Dress and the happy couple's balcony kiss (times two) we chose to huddle indoors and watch the ceremony, safe from tourists with their Union Jack stunner shades and homemade fascinators. An ever-so-quick glimpse of the RAF flypast was the closest Jaunted got to the action.
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We don't have to tell you that a big deal went down this morning (or afternoon, UK time): the The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Now that the dress designer has been unveiled (Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen) and the ring shown (a simple gold band), the next big question is where the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will head for the Royal Honeymoon.
Currently the frontrunner for the destination is Australia, although Kenya, Corfu, The Seychelles or The Isles of Scilly have also been mentioned. Wherever they go, it won't be their first stop; the couple is due to spend their first nights in the Scottish Highlands at Balmoral Estate.
Let's see where other royal couples of the past have chosen to spend their Royal Honeymoons:
Okay, people. This is the moment we've all been waiting for: The Royal
Wedding Drinking Game!
Hubpages has devised a detailed (and rather lengthy) guide to turning tomorrow's big event in one big, boozy gulp after another, but we thought we'd do it our own way, adding our own twists (Ribena!), and otherwise make it way easier for you to enjoy the special occasion the way God and country surely intended: drunkers at dawn.
JAUNTED's ROYAL WEDDING DRINKING GAME:
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Admit it: you secretly want a sticker or a mug.
In January, our sister site HotelChatter ran a series on Anti-Royal Wedding Hotels, a roundup of London accommodations for those braving Wills and Kate madness and seeking lodgings less stodgy than the city's chi-chi five-star options.
In similar fingers up fashion, we here at Jaunted have cobbled together a list of three Royal Wedding celebrations far from the fray of Westminster. Though we'll have our feet planted firmly on the ground in Londontown, we won't be trekking to Hyde Park or anywhere along the procession path, reports of rain and screaming royalists being enough to deter us. Yet we won't avoid the festivities altogether; the excitement pulsing through central London is palpable, morbid curiosity and the excuse to quaff with abandon reason enough to venture onto the city streets that day/evening.
Rebelliously partake in the mania at these alternative Royal Wedding parties taking place in London:
We love Tuesdays. Why, you ask? Because the day brings many travel tips and quips as "Travel Tuesday" on Twitter, and we're going to share our favorite with you. Got an avid travel twitterer we should follow? Let us know.
What did travelers ever do on long flights before in-flight WiFi? Oh yeado crosswords, read the newspaper or a formulaic mystery/thriller, and scan the pages of trashy celebrity magazines. Who are we kidding? Even these days, when we reach 10,000 feet and it's okay to use "approved electronic devices," we won't say not to the gift of an OK! Magazine left in the seatpocket in front of us.
Thanks also to @meghannn, we see that the tradition of reading $1.99 gossip rags lives on:
We're only a few days away from the Royal Wedding, so you know what that can only mean... That's right, scores of international reporters are busying themselves with British fluff stories while they wile away the time until they can begin covering
hardcore news a wedding. One such puff story comes from Nicole Dabeau with Entertainment Tonight.
Nicole flew from LA to London on Virgin Atlantic to cover the Royal Wedding, but somewhere along the way she made the contacts to be able to dress up and briefly train as a flight attendant for the day, at "The Base" near Gatwick Airport. It's a cute little video above, and now we're thinking this would be a cool experience to offer for moneyhint, hint airlines!
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We're so over The Royal Wedding, to the end that we're rolling our eyes every time we read or see something on TV about it. We should sure Buckingham Palace for bruised eye sockets, if such a thing exists. We've even giving up on caring who's designing Kate's dress; luckily we're in the USA and not in the UK, so the news saturation is much less and we can escape from The Royal Wedding hubbub if we want. But you know who really can't? Virgin Atlantic passengers flying on April 29.
The 29th is next Friday, and it's the wedding date (duh). It's also the date that all Virgin Atlantic flights departing the UK for the USA or Caribbean will celebrate the nuptials in-flight with a "traditional UK street party." Whoaso there'll be drunkards singing and angry teens holding "No Cuts" picket signs? Haha no that was last month's UK street parties. This month it's all about tea and cake and wedding regalia. Here's what passengers will get:
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We're under four weeks away from the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, and yet it's funny how long we've already been over it. Of course the souvenir shops of London are just revving up and accepting pallet after pallet of crap souvenirs made in China, all to unload for 300% their wholesale price on tourists with royal stars in their eyes.
For research's sake, and also to slake our curiosity, we stopped into a tiny souvenir shop near the Marble Arch tube stop to see exactly what sort of random items now bear the royal couple's faces, and exactly how much of this stuff they've managed to stock. Prepare to be shocked.
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The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is just a little over a month away! Are you psyched up yet? No, we really aren't either, but that doesn't kill our desire to win a trip to London. While British Airways is trying to sell $1,000 weekend packages for the event, Virgin Atlantic is just going to give one away, complete with Upper Class seats and hotel accommodation in London.
The whole trip, sponsored by Travelocity, is a four-night escape from April 27 – May 2, 2011. Obviously you won't be participating in any official events, but the fun is in simply being in London while the festivities go down and the city is pumping with energy and patriotism.
To win the 4-night stay and Upper Class roundtrip flights for two, you've got to be a US citizen and leave from a US airport. Of course you've also got to enter the contest, which you can do so HERE.
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If you are counting down the days to the April 29 royal nuptials, you can get revved up for the big day by touring princess-to-be Kate Middleton's hometown of Bucklebury. Mortons Travel is bringing royal groupies to the Berkshire village on "Kate Middleton Country" tours.
The coach tour shows you Prince William's fiancee's humble beginnings. You'll see St. Andrews church, where she was christened; the houses she lived in; and the schools she attended.
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Although it's already been news that many Britons are looking forward to the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29 not for the historical or romantic aspects, but for the long weekend it's created and the opportunity for vacation, there's still a pretty great chance that everyone will sit down in front of a TV to watch the spectacle.
For those planning to really get in the spirit and travel to London, there will luckily be opportunities to spy the couple on their wedding day without having to beg, borrow and steal for a ticket to the Westminster Abbey ceremonyKate and Wills will take a carriage ride past many of London's biggest tourist attractions on their way from their wedding to the post-nuptials reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Wills' father Prince Charles.
The AP has the details on the projected path:
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Who's ready for April 29? Yes, that's the announced wedding date of Britain's Prince William and his fiance, Kate Middleton, and although many Britons are using the 4-day long weekend to get out of the country for a mini-break, one entrepreneur is gearing up for the tourism onslaught by creating the Kate and Wills Tour, a walking route that points out some of the London locations important to the couple, like the jeweler (Garrard's) where the engagement ring was originally purchased for Diana by Prince Charles.
The Daily Mail was the first to experience the tour, conceived by James Bonney of Celebrity Planet, who's goal is to "take the star map/star tour idea from Los Angeles, do a straight steal, relocate to London." And he's done it, starting up the Harry Potter, The Beatles, Notting Hill, 007, Princess Diana and Jack the Ripper tours in addition to the romantic Kate & Wills Tour.