Channel: Life & Style
On Friday, 29 April, 2011 over 2 billion people around the world tuned in to watch one of the most magnificent celebrations of modern-day Monarchy. Anachronistic as it maybe, but the celebration brought immense joy, happiness and cheer to the people of U.K and many others around the world.
On this day Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, wedded Catherine Middleton. The wedding affair was no less flamboyant than a royal princely wedding in India. The estimated cost of the wedding was nearly £20 million ( 14.5 crores), probably a fraction of what a royal princely wedding would cost in India. But to the Exchequer it would have eventually balanced out. According to some estimates the loss of productivity to the nation due to the holiday was nearly £3bn but then the contribution to the 4-5 million visitors who came to the UK at the time would have contributed just as much in the tourism spend.
The wedding had the four main parts to it: The procession of carriages with estimated , the ceremony at Westminster Abbey with 1900 guests, the special luncheon reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace with 600 guests and finally the evening dinner hosted by Prince of Wales with nearly 300 guests.
In addition to the members of the royal family, the guests of the bride and groom, representatives of the Government and armed forces many other celebrity names also participated in the Wedding. These included David and Victoria Beckham, Sir Elton John, Sir Richard Branson, Film-maker Guy Ritchie and Photographer Mario Testino.
It is not clear whether there were any prominent Indian nationals or NRIs at the reception or the dinner, but according to the guests lists released by the officials, the following were invited to the ceremony at Westminster Abbey:
- H.E. Nalin Surie, Indian High Commissioner to the UK
- HE The Rt Hon. Sir Anand Satyanand GNZM QSO, KStJ (Governor-General of New Zealand) and Lady Satyanand
- Anil Bhanot, General Secretary, Hindu Council of UK
- Natubhai Shah, President of the Jain Academy
- Dr. Indrajit Singh, Director of Network of Sikh Organisations
- Anand Lal Shimpi, an American businessman and friend of Prince William
- Shriman Maharaj Raj Singh Shisodia and his wife Shailja, friend of Prince William
- Hinesh Parmar, friend of the bride and groom
People in the UK celebrated in numerous ways. Hundreds of giant screens were put up across the country for people to congregate and watch live broadcasts of the celebrations; thousands of neighbourhoods had street parties much encouraged by the Prime Minister David Cameron; nearly 25 million households were glued to the television sets holding their own in-house parties. The BBC/National Grid suggest that the power surge immediately after the wedding was as much as 2400 MW.