Prince William: I slept for about 30 minutes on eve of wedding
Prince William says he slept for about 30 minutes on the eve of his highly-publicized wedding to Kate Middleton and that his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, told him to chuck a guest list of 777 people and made up a new one because it was "his day."
He made his comments on a TV special called "Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother," which is set to air on the UK channel ITV1 on June 1 as part of the UK channel's series of programs celebrating his 86-year-old grandmother Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, or 60th anniversary of her reign over the United Kingdom.
Millions of people are expected to travel to London for the event. The city has seen many royal celebrations and William's wedding to Kate, now known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on April 29, 2011 was one of its most popular ones, drawing a global television audience of about two billion viewers.
The night before he and Kate exchanged vows, scores of people camped on and around The Mall, a route located near Buckingham Palace. Many people carried British flags, wore masks of faces of members of the Royal Family and some even dressed up their dogs.
"I hadn't slept at all that night because obviously all the crowds were on The Mall," he said in the special, according to People magazine. "They were singing and cheering all night long. So, the excitement of that, the nervousness of me, and everyone singing meant I slept for about half an hour, I think."
"The hardest thing was trying to walk down the stairs with my spurs on, sideways," he added. "I had visions of myself and my brother colliding and crashing down the stairs."
Kate and William invited about 1,900 people to their wedding, which took place at London's famed Westminster Abbey.
The guest list included friends; members of the Royal Family and other relatives; members of royal families of foreign countries; local and foreign political leaders; people who work for charities the prince supports; military figures, religious leaders as well as Victoria and David Beckham, "Mr. Bean" star Rowan Atkinson, singer Joss Stone, celebrity photographer Mario Testino and Sir Elton John.
"There was very much a subdued moment when I was handed a list with 777 names on - not one person I knew or Catherine knew," ITV News quoted William as saying. "I went to her and said, 'Listen, I've got this list, not one person I know - what do I do?' and she went, 'Get rid of it. Start from your friends and then we'll add those we need to in due course. It's your day.'"
The queen assumed the throne on Feb. 6, 1952 and is the second British monarch to reach a Diamond Jubilee since Queen Victoria did so in 1897. William says Queen Elizabeth II is a "grandmother first, Queen second," according to a statement released by ITV.
"Viewers will be surprised at the openness and intimacy in our film," Executive Producer Deborah Turness said: "Beyond the ceremony and formality, the Royal Family is like any other, and we were privileged to be granted this rare opportunity to see inside it."
William is also the subject of another ITV1 special called "William at 30," which is set to air on June 21, the date of his 30th birthday.
(Pictured clockwise from bottom left: Scores of people gather at along the Mall and around the Queen Victoria Memorial before the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate on April 29, 2011. Anne Dalev from Wales, and her dog Camilla sit in front of Westminster Abbey in London on April 28, 2011. / Royal supporters Susanna Brockman, left, from Maryland and Chelsea Spence and Jessica Spence, right, from Zimbabwe show their T-shirts on the pavement near Westminster Abbey in London on April 28, 2011. / Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and Pippa Middleton, appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Royal Wedding. / Prince William and his bride Kate leave Westminster Abbey in London after their wedding.)