Wedding Bells in the UK
LONDON—The biggest British wedding
in 30 years was picture perfect April 29 as
Prince William married longtime girlfriend
Katherine Middleton. Amazing numbers not
fortunate enough to be invited still wanted to
see the spectacular event.
A million people gathered along the route
to wave and cheer as the royal procession
went by! A half million of them waited for
hours outside the gates of Buckingham
Palace just to witness the married couple’s
first kiss on the balcony. After an uninspired
first kiss, the two thrilled the crowd with a
better second one. Worldwide, 2 billion
watched the CEREMONY on TV, with about
24 million of those watching in the UK.
William, the oldest son of Prince Charles,
is in line to be the king of England, and
Katherine would be the queen.
Before the wedding, Queen Elizabeth II
conferred the title of Duke of Cambridge
upon William, her grandson. And by
marriage, Katherine becomes the Duchess
of Cambridge, although the groom would like
people to call them Prince William and
Great Britain is a constitutional monarchy,
which means it has a queen. Although the
queen does not wield the power monarchs
did in Great Britain’s past, she is still very
important to the British—her face is on their
paper money and coins.
In the United States we elect a president
and members of Congress. In Great Britain,
citizens elect representatives to the House of
Commons. But they also have the House of
Lords, whose members are born to that
position by being part of the nobility class.
Great Britain’s leader, who is elected, is
called the prime minister. Citizens don’t vote
for the prime minister—they vote for his or
her party instead. The prime minister
represents the party that received the most
votes in the House of Commons. David
Cameron of the Conservative Party is the
current prime minister.