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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Marriage certificate? Check. Photos ...

By Autumn Brewington

Prince William's parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, pose for official wedding photos in Buckingham Palace's throne room for their nuptials on July 29, 1981. (AP)

When it comes to the royal wedding, no detail is too small -- or at least too small to go unremarked upon.

London's Evening Standard reports that the parchment for Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage certificate has been made of calf skin, following a "150-year-old secret process." The same firm, William Cowley, made the vellum for the marriage certificate of William's parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. According to the article, the material has been sent to the royal calligrapher for inscription.

Meanwhile, the setting for the formal post-ceremony photos isn't quite set, according to the Mirror. The throne room at Buckingham Palace is the traditional location. But because recent royal marriages immortalized there have ended in divorce (a reference to William's parents, his uncle Prince Andrew and the first marriage of his aunt Princess Anne), the paper notes, some palace staffers call it the "jinx" room.

The article is misleading in saying that Prince Edward and Peter Philips -- the queen's youngest son and oldest grandson, respectively -- avoided photos in the room; both men married at St. George's Chapel, which is at Windsor Castle, and did not have receptions at Buckingham Palace. In any event, the throne room probably has good karma, too: The wedding photos of the queen (then Princess Elizabeth) and Prince Philip were taken there, and the couple have been married since 1947.

By Autumn Brewington  | February 4, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Ceremony, Kate Middleton, Media coverage, Prince William  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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They had better release the LONG-FORM marriage certificate (whether or not there IS such a thing is entirely irrelevant), just in case England has as many crazy half-wits as the US has.

Posted by: Dan4 | February 4, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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