PRINCE CHARLES has revealed how he helped play a part in Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding in 2011. What did Prince Charles do for the special day?
Prince Charles has always had a close relationship with his son Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton. Being the father of the groom, Prince Charles obviously had an instrumental role to play in the Royal wedding.
But now the Duke of Cornwall has revealed he helped choose some of the music for the wedding – putting his knowledge of classical music to good use.
Speaking on Classic FM to Alan Titchmarsh, the Prince said: “I love trying to organise some interesting, I hope, pieces of music for certain occasions…particularly for weddings if people want.”
“I know my eldest son was quite understanding and was perfectly happy for me to suggest a few pieces for their wedding.
“I hope that gave some people pleasure, but it’s rather fun having orchestras in for great occasions like that, and why not suggest a few pieces occasionally? Anyway… I do enjoy it.”
Kate and William wedding: The wedding was one of the UK’s biggest public events in recent years (Image: GETTY)
Kate and William wedding: The wedding was watched by millions over the world (Image: GETTY)
He spoke about how he got his passion for classical music from his grandmother, the Queen Mother.
He shared fond memories of spending time with her, saying: “My grandmother used to play quite a bit of music, so I would hear something there.
“But I suspect the first time I really became aware of it was being taken by my grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, to Covent Garden aged seven, I think.
He recalls a particular event which made him fall in love with classical music.
Kate and William wedding: The only wedding with more viewings was Diana and Charles’ wedding in 1981 (Image: GETTY)
“It must have been in 1956 to see the Bolshoi Ballet perform.
“It was their first visit to the United Kingdom and I shall never forget that incredible occasion. I was completely inspired by it.”
For William and Kate’s nuptials at Westminster Abbey, guests arrived to organ music by Johann Sebastian Bach and orchestral pieces by Edward Elgar, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and more.
The couple chose “Farewell to Stromness,” “Touch Her Soft Lips and Part” and “Romance for String Orchestra Op. 11” as a nod to Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as the songs were played at their 2005 wedding.
The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was one of 2011’s biggest events, particularly because it means Kate will become Queen Consort when Prince William one day accedes to the throne.
The day was declared a bank holiday, and some 26 million people tuned in to watch.
The ratings were only beaten by the groom’s mother and father, Princess Diana and Prince Charles, which pulled in 28.4 million viewers in 1981.
The wedding was paid for by the Royal Family and Middleton’s, while costs for security were covered by the Treasury.
Kate wore a bespoke wedding gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen that cost an estimated $434,000 to make.
Kate and William wedding: The family waved on the balcony to the public (Image: GETTY)
It featured a nine-foot-long train and handmade lace made by the Royal School of Needlework, and was carried by the bride’s sister Pippa Middleton.
Taking place at Westminster Abbey in London, it was attended by the likes of Victoria and David Beckham, Elton John, Rowan Atkinson, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice and Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy.
After the ceremony the newly married couple travelled in a horse-drawn carriage procession to Buckingham Palace and were greeted along the streets by members of the public.
The newlyweds also appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace alongside the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
Following the wedding, Prince William’s full title became the Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus, while Kate became Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK