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Kate Middleton Riding to Royal Wedding in Rolls Rocked at Protest

Mar 22, 2011 – 12:16 PM
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Dana Chivvis

Dana Chivvis Contributor

Britain's future princess Kate Middleton will ride to her nuptials at Westminster Abbey on April 29 in an already infamous set of wheels: the Rolls-Royce Phantom VI that Prince Charles and Camilla were in when they were attacked by student protesters in December.

"Rolls Royce 1," which suffered a cracked window and the indignity of a splash of paint during the attack, is being repaired at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, CNN reports.

Middleton has chosen to buck tradition, which dictates that royal brides roll to their weddings in carriages. But starry-eyed lovers of fairy-tale weddings should not despair. The procession after the ceremony will involve 18 horses pulling five carriages.

Prince William and his new bride will ride away in the open-topped, red and gold 1902 State Landau carriage, in which Prince Charles and Princess Diana left their wedding in 1981. The Queen's special Grey Windsor horses will pull the couple. The other carriages will be pulled by dark brown horses, known as Bays.

Bride and groom will be followed by the maid of honor, Pippa Middleton, in a carriage with the bridesmaids and pageboys. Prince Harry, the best man, will travel in a carriage with other members of the bridal party. Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip will be next. Prince Charles and Camilla will take up the rear with the parents of the bride, Michael and Carole Middleton, according to NDTV.

If it is raining on the day of the wedding, the newlyweds will exchange the State Landau for the covered "Glass Carriage" instead.

Middleton will reportedly have ample opportunities to practice riding in the carriages (which are stately to look at but can apparently cause unrefined bouts of nausea) as well as getting into and out of them.

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