With just over a fortnight to go until Princess Margaret's wedding, Londoners are busy preparing the capital for the great event.
With just over a fortnight to go until Princess Margaret's wedding, Londoners are busy preparing the capital for the great event. All along the Mall, decorations are going up and scores of painters apply the finishing touches. White banners will bear a red rose with the initials A and M woven in gold.
Westminster Abbey, quiet and dignified, will be the hub of public interest, May 6, when television cameras are expected to carry the ceremony direct by tele-recording into the homes of some 300 million people in Britain, on the continent and in the United States - the biggest TV audience in history. Meanwhile newspapers and special illustrated publications are providing detailed information on to Princess and her fiance.
Dr. Roger William Gilliatt of Lowndes Square, London, well-known nerve specialist, will play a very important - though not at all professional - part in the wedding. Mr. Armstrong-Jones asked him to be his "best man" after Mr. Jeremy Fry had to be excused from carrying on the duty for which he was originally named. Dr Gilliat, 37, has known Mr. Armstrong-Jones for six years and met Princess Margaret recently.
As attendants were adding an extra glitter to the magnificent wedding coach, polishing its lamps and cleaning its large windows, the Archbishop of Canterbury's Registrar, David M. Carey completed the Royal marriage licence. It was issued by the Court of Facilities through which the Archbishop of Canterbury grants marriage licences to Royalty. Endorsed with the names of"Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret Rose" and "Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones Esquire", the vellum licence carries a seal showing the Crucifixion and Moses raising the Serpent in the Wilderness.
Some time after the wedding, Princess Margaret and her husband will move into a "grace-and-favour" residence at Kensington Palace, where Queen Victoria was born. The three-story 18th-century house, part of an extension built by George III, was formerly the apartment of the Marquess of Carisbrooke, who died a few weeks ago. It is not yet certain when the house will be ready for use as it is to be extensively altered and redecorated.