On April 29, 2011, billions of people around the world will be watching closely as Prince William and Kate Middleton exit
as husband and wife.
Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will conduct the service in front of 1900 invited guests. It will be the culmination of a 10-year courtship. They met in 2001 when they attended St Andrews University in Scotland, and according to the prince, he saw something very special about her.
William proposed to Kate while in Kenya on safari, and sealed their commitment with the eight-carat sapphire and diamond ring that was his mother's engagement ring. It was bought from Garrad's, the royal family's jewellers, with Diana controversially choosing it "off the rack". William said he gave Kate his mother's ring as he didn't want his mother to "miss out" on the big day.
Jason wanted to check some of the places the couple ate and shopped at, just like any other young couple nurturing a relationship.
Tom Aikens is a popular celebrity chef in Britain. His main restaurant has Michelin stars and attracts a glitzy clientele. Tom's Kitchen in Chelsea
, however, is a neighbourhood place where people hang out and relax and that's what Kate and Will love to do.
Chelsea and Knightsbridge have lots to do. Breakfasts are a huge drawcard, and many say Tom's serves the best burger in London. Kate often orders chicken caesar salad.
The establishment is made up of a brasserie, first-floor bar and private dining area, which is usually where the couple dines. They have been known to arrive without a reservation and just wait like everyone else until a table becomes available.
This is a casual bistro-diner modelled on Schiller's Liquor Bar in
. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and alcohol. It is a bit of a celebrity haunt and Kate and William are regular visitors. They tuck into comfort food in one of the booths lining the walls.
Automat is a bit of fun and modelled on vending machine cafeterias that were popular in the US in the 1930s and '40s.
An Australian success story, Austique was opened by sisters Lindy Lopes and Katie Canvin in 2004. The beautiful shop on Kings Road is a favourite of Kate Middleton and her friends when they want something different. There are fashion labels from around the world as well as accessories, jewellery and gifts. There's much speculation as to who will make the bride's dress and many are tipping the bestselling label stocked by Austique, Libélula, might be the one.
Austique sells online and you may be tempted to check their website at www.austique.co.uk.
As with anyone who deals with royalty and celebrities, the sisters' lips are sealed, so we will all have to wait and see.
A gastropub on the Thames, The Ship hotel is one of Wills' hangouts and he and his brother Harry and their friends are patrons. The Ship is famous for its freshly cooked food, extensive wine list, quality ales and a warm atmosphere. They serve very British drinks such as Pimm's and lemonade served with cucumber and mint and gin and tonic.
It's a vibrant pub overlooking the Thames by the Wandsworth Bridge, opened in 1786 as a Thameside waterman's inn.
In lieu of a wedding registry, William and Kate have set up a charitable gift fund supporting 26 charities.
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