Westminster Abbey is being turned into an indoor forest ahead of the royal wedding.
Kate Middleton—who is marrying Britain’s second-in-line to the throne, Prince William, on Friday (April 29)—has reportedly ordered more than four tons of foliage, including eight 20-foot-high trees, to recreate the look of an English country garden inside the historic church.
According to the Daily Mail newspaper, Kate’s floral designer Shane Connolly has installed a "living avenue" within the Abbey, which the 1,900 guests will walk under to take up their seats, with six English Maple trees mirroring the famous arches of the religious building.
Believed to be costing £50,000 in total, each of the trees were handcrafted by artisans working on Prince Charles’s Highgrove Estate, while the rest of Westminster Abbey will be decked out in lavish cream-and-white flowers.
Meanwhile, those visiting Queen Elizabeth’s Balmoral Castle residence in Scotland on the day of the royal wedding will be able to watch the nuptials on a specially-installed 63-inch plasma television screen situated on the estate’s vast gardens.
A spokesperson told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "Extra catering will be available and, of course, there will be bunting hanging out to get in the party spirit. Visitors are welcome to bring garden seating.
"Special parking is being laid on and we will be running short trips round the grounds on our special Land Rover Trailer. You will also be able to purchase royal wedding gifts from the bunting-decked gift shop."
Royal wedding fever has also started to grip London with pre-nuptial parties being thrown in the UK capital, including Freeview’s Countdown to the royal wedding.
The exclusive bash was held at the upmarket Covent Garden Hotel and was attended by celebrity wedding co-ordinator Siobhan Craven-Robins, makeup artist Kate Benton, chartered psychologist Dr. Pam Spurr and former BBC royal reporter Jennie Bond.
Guests were treated to a Freeview HD box as it is the first time a royal wedding has been shown on TV in HD.
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