Britain is getting ready for its first big Royal wedding in more than a decade.?
Britain is getting ready for its first big Royal wedding in more than a decade. On November 14, Princess Anne, only daughter of Queen Elizabeth the Second, will marry Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey and great care is being taken to make sure that everything will be perfect down to the last detail.
The Army Catering Corps is busying itself with preparing the wedding cake. It has legate its top nine confectioners to compete among themselves for the honour of baking the cake. The system of choosing the winner and the recipes for the cake are being kept a top military secret. It is the first time Army chefs have ever baked for a Royal weeding day.
After the ceremonies at Westminster Abbey, the young couple will travel to Buckingham Palace in the Glass Coach, so named because of its large windows. It was originally bought by King George V in 1910 and altered for his Coronation in the following year. It is presently being renovated for its new outing by the St. Cuthbert's Co-operative Association in Edinburgh. They are refurnishing it with blue silk upholstery, maroon doors, a glittering chassis and gilded crowns on each concern of the roof. It was last used for the wedding of Princess Alexandra in 1963. The Queen herself rode in the Glass Coach on her wedding day in 1947.
SYNOPSIS: The school of the British Army Catering Corps in Aldershot is concerned at the moment less with feeding troops, than with the preparation of a very special wedding cake. One of its nine top cake-maker will be chosen to bake and decorate the gate that will grace the table at the wedding of Princess Anne to Captain Mark Phillips next month. It is the first time the Army has been picked to bake for a Royal wedding and it is for Britain's first big Royal wedding in more than a decade. The system of choosing the Royal baker and the recipe he will use are being guarded as closely as any military secret. But mock designs are being shown to the Press.
The coach in which the young couple will ride from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace is not a novelty. It was bought by Anne's great-grandfather King George the Fifth and used first in his own coronation in 1911.
Some the worse for wear and tear, the Glass Coach is being repaired in Edinburgh by coachman at the St Cuthbert's Co-operative Association. "It was quite shabby when it arrived from London," one workman said.
The coach is being refurnished with blue silk upholstery, maroon doors, a glittering chassis and gilded crowns on each corner of the roof. It was used by the Queen on her own Wedding Day.