Carriages Fit for a Royal Wedding!
29th March 2011
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It's less than a month to go until the Royal Wedding on Friday 29th April and everything is being prepared for the big day!

Prince William and Miss Middleton will be travelling in the beautiful 1902 State Landau carriage after the wedding service at Westminster Abbey. In the event of severely wet weather, the couple will instead travel in The Glass Coach.

The carriage will take the newlyweds along the Processional Route to Buckingham Palace and there will be five horse drawn carriages in total. The second and third Ascot Landau carriages will carry the Best Mad, the Maid of Honour and Bridesmaids. The fourth and fifth Semi-State Landau carriages will carry The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Mr and Mrs Middleton.

The 1902 State Landau, The Glass Coach, the Ascot and Semi-State Landaus are all housed at the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace. TheĀ  magnificent 1902 State Landau was originally built for King Edward VII and was intended to be used at his Coronation.

The carriage is usually used by The Queen to meet Foreign Heads of State when they arrive on State Visits. The 1902 State Landau was used for the wedding of The Prince of Wales and The Princess of Wales in 1981, as well as the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of York on 1986.

The Glass Coach was originally built in 1881 and was later purchased for use at King George V's Coronation in 1911. It has carried a number of previous Royal brides to their weddings, including Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923, Princess Alexandra in 1963, Princess Anne in 1973, Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 and Miss Sarah Ferguson in 1986. It also carried the bride and bridegroom from the church on the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh and again when Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips.

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