Kate Middleton and her husband-to-be will follow in the foot-steps Prince Charles and Diana. The palace has announced that they will be taken from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham palace in the lavish horse-drawn 1902 State Landau. This was the same carriage that carried her father-in-law and late mother-in-law to Buckingham Palace after their nuptuals. The open-topped carriage was originally built for King Edward VII.
William and Kate’s landau will lead a procession of five coaches carrying the Maid of Honor (Kate’s sister, Pippa), Best Man Prince Harry and the young pages and bridesmaids. One coach will carry Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael, and Prince Charles and Camilla, and another will seat the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
If rain fills the London skies, the couple will instead get to ride in the famous glass Coach, which was used by Princess Diana on her wedding day 30 years ago.
The Glass Coach was built for the Lord Mayor of London in 1881. It was purchased for the use of the Royal Family in 1911, at the time of the coronation of King George V.
The car chosen to bring Kate and her father Michael Middleton to the Abbey is the same 1977 Rolls Royce Phantom VI that was attacked by rioters when it was carrying Charles and his wife Camilla, to an event in December.
The luxury car was a present to the monarch from the famous car manufacturer to mark her Silver Jubilee in 1977.
The distinctive claret and black car was splattered with white paint and had a rear passenger window badly cracked by the group campaigning against increases to student fees. However, it will be repaired before the April 29th wedding.