Kate Middleton to take repaired Rolls-Royce to wedding with Prince William
Kate Middleton will arrive at her wedding with Prince William in a Rolls-Royce that was damaged last year when her fiance's father, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla were attacked by student protesters.
The ceremony is set to take place on April 29 at Westminster Abbey, the site of the 1997 funeral of William's mother, Princess Diana, as well as the 1947 wedding of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Middleton had decided to travel to the church by car rather than the traditional horse-drawn coaches royal bridges have chosen to use in the past, according to the Associated Press, which carried the report.
The paintwork and windows of the 1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI was damaged in December 2010 when people protesting a student fee increase pelted it with sticks and bottles while Charles and Camilla were still inside. Photos of the two inside the vehicle appeared in newspapers around the world. Singer Paul McCartney poked fun at the incident on "Saturday Night Live."
The Rolls-Royce will be repaired by the wedding day, the AP quoted officials as saying.
Middleton and Prince William will ride in an open-topped 1902 State Landau horse-drawn carriage for the procession back to Buckingham Palace following the ceremony, the news wire said, adding that Charles had used it to travel to St. Paul's Cathedral for his 1981 wedding to Diana.