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Historical Spotlight: Westminster Abbey

Historical Spotlight: Westminster Abbey

This spotlight article is the beginning of a four-part series featuring historical churches that have significance to Kate and the royal family. These churches are loaded with history and these articles will highlight their beauty and grandness. The first church to be spotlighted is Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate were married in 2011.

 


 

Westminster Abbey was founded in the year 906 and has been the setting for every British coronation since 1066. Founded by Benedictine monks as a place for daily worship, this is a tradition still upheld by the Abbey. In addition to worship, prayer, and communion occurring daily, the Abbey also hosts special services for Christmas and Easter. If you are visiting London, you can attend a Sunday service or any of their daily worship services. They welcome visitors and post the times of their services on their website every day.

 


 

Architecturally, the current church building dates back to 1245. While additions have been made throughout the years, all of the additions have maintained the original Gothic style, highlighting the tradition and history of this church. With arches, buttresses, and stained glass, the Abbey is both geometrically and architecturally stunning. The Abbey is continuously working on construction projects to maintain the richness and beauty of the building. They are currently working on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, the first major addition to the Abbey since 1745. This is set to open in 2018 to honor Her Majesty.

 


 

Twenty-four members of the British Royal Family are buried in Westminster Abbey. In addition to William and Kate’s wedding, there have been 15 other royal weddings at the Abbey, including Queen Elizabeth’s wedding to Prince Philip and Prince Andrew’s wedding to Miss Sarah Ferguson. As mentioned earlier, the Abbey is the traditional setting for royal coronations, so both Prince Charles and Prince William will be coronated here.   

 


 

Rules of EtiKate: Holiday Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: Holiday Etiquette

Last month’s etiquette article focused on tips to get you through holiday shopping and git giving with grace and poise. With the holidays in full swing now, here are some etiquette tips to help you navigate the festivities that await you in a way that is fitting of a duchess.   View image | gettyimages.comContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Holiday Gift Giving

Rules of EtiKate: Holiday Gift Giving

Whether you are ready for them or not, the holidays are swiftly approaching. If you are anything like me, you jumped for joy when you walked into Starbucks and saw it transformed into a winter wonderland. Or you may be one of those people who refuses to celebrate the holidays before Thanksgiving. Whatever category youContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Shopping Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: Shopping Etiquette

It is clear from the many pictures we see that one of Kate’s favorite ways to spend time is shopping. We often get glimpses of Kate and her mother ducking in and out of shops. These are some of my favorite appearances because we get to see Kate in a casual setting and yet sheContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Afternoon Tea

Rules of EtiKate: Afternoon Tea

If you are looking for a way to add a bit of everyday Kate-inspired glamour to your day, you may want to consider beginning a tradition of partaking in afternoon tea. Not only will it help you relax after a long day of work, it can become a fun, social activity. Invite a small groupContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The HER Foundation

Charity Spotlight: The HER Foundation

As you all know by now, the royal-watching community is buzzing with the exciting news that came from the Clarence House last Monday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting Royal Baby Number 2! But with that exciting news came a bit of sad news as well. The Duchess is once again suffering fromContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Work Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: Work Etiquette

I have the privilege of beginning my first internship this fall and while I am excited, that excitement also comes with a bit of nerves. Entering my first “grown-up” work environment is intimidating and so I did what I always do to calm my nerves: I researched etiquette tips for work. I, like many ofContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Royal Party Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: Royal Party Etiquette

Some people see the royal family as old, outdated, and stuffy. I believe that is a major misconception of today’s royal family. The royals know how to have fun and they definitely know how to throw a good party. What makes them distinct, however, is their ability to party with an air of sophistication andContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Manners for Children

Rules of EtiKate: Manners for Children

During the recent Royal Tour, I stayed up many late nights waiting for live streams and Twitter pictures of the royal family at each event. While most royal watchers were anxious to see what Kate would be wearing, I, like many others on the WWKD team, could not wait to see the adorable Prince George,Continue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Dining Dos and Don’ts

Rules of EtiKate: Dining Dos and Don’ts

Elegant state dinners come with the territory of being a member of the royal family, which is yet another aspect of being a duchess that Kate has taken to beautifully. At her most recent state dinner, at the Government House in Wellington while on tour in New Zealand, Kate stunned in a gorgeous Jenny PackhamContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: The Importance of Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: The Importance of Etiquette

With all of the rules and regulations regarding etiquette that I have presented in the past few months, I wanted to pause and reflect on why I find etiquette important and how it allows me to demonstrate my inner duchess on a daily basis.  One of the main reasons I find myself so drawn toContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Weddings

Rules of EtiKate: Weddings

If you are anything like me, you are either at the age or approaching the age in which it seems that every other day, a new friend on Facebook is getting engaged. Engagements mean weddings, which are both exciting and nerve-racking. What does Dressy Casual even mean? What is an acceptable gift to bring? WhichContinue Reading

Embracing Everyday Gracefulness

Embracing Everyday Gracefulness

When I was the ripe old age of five years old, I started taking ballet classes. While I was never good enough to become a professional ballerina (even though I dreamed about it), I learned a lot in my ten years of pink tights, ballerina buns, and plies. As I grew older, I had toContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Cell Phones

Rules of EtiKate: Cell Phones

As we have discussed before on WWKD, we rarely see Kate with a cell phone. She does not walk down the street chatting into her iPhone or text while she shops. She focuses on the people she is with and the world around her, something we can all do a little more often. I amContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Traveling

Rules of EtiKate: Traveling

Kate and William are known to enjoy traveling, whether it be for engagements in the US and other parts of the world, or going to Africa on holiday. Wherever you are traveling to this holiday season and beyond, here are some tips and tricks to maintain a regal elegance even when you are 30,000 feetContinue Reading