Celebrations Planned for the Royal Wedding

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

The excitement across Britain is growing in anticipation of the Royal Wedding, with just under two months to go until the big day. The eagerly awaited marriage of William and Kate has been of particular interest to many people here in Dorchester, thanks to Prince Charles’s long-standing connections with our town, and since the groom is likely to be the future Duke of Cornwall.

The Royal Couple
The Royal Couple

The invitations to attend the wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey went out a couple of weeks ago, so if a card from the Royal couple hasn’t arrived at your door by now, you’re probably going to need to think about alternative arrangements.

Fortunately for those of us not lucky enough to be there in person, you can get the next best thing right here in Dorchester. The Town Council is pulling out all the stops to make it a day to remember, hoping to recapture the success of the street party held in South Street in 2002 to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, which I’m sure many of you will recall fondly.

This time, the location will be Maumbury Rings. A party will be taking place from 10am to 4pm, and a giant TV screen erected to show the coverage of the wedding ceremony live.  Following the ceremony, Dorset County Orchestra will be appearing at 2pm to give a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ style performance, and everyone will be encouraged to join in with communal singing and Union Jack waving.

The event will be free and open to all. Provided the weather is fair, it will be a great day to bring the family and a picnic. We anticipate this being yet another addition to Dorchester’s long record of organising high quality and memorable events to mark important national and international occasions.

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