Prince William and Kate Middleton will travel in an open-air carriage following their marriage on April 29, the same vehicle used by his parents, Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, on their wedding day 30 years ago.
“The Prince of Wales traveled to St Paul’s Cathedral in the 1902 State Landau for his wedding in 1981, returning in it with The Princess of Wales after the service,” Prince Charles’s office said in an e-mailed statement.
William and Kate will travel in the Landau along the processional route from Westminster Abbey, where the wedding service will be held, to Buckingham Palace, which is hosting the reception. It was specifically built for King Edward VII and was intended to be used at his coronation.
“In the event of severely wet weather, the couple will travel in The Glass Coach,” the statement said. The Glass Coach was built in 1881 and was purchased for use at King George V’s Coronation in 1911. It was used by Diana on the way to her wedding in 1981 and also by Sarah Ferguson for her 1986 marriage to Prince Andrew, Charles’s brother.
William, 28, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and son of the late Diana, has been dating Middleton, 29, since 2003 after they met while studying at St. Andrews University in Scotland. The engagement was announced on Nov. 16, ending years of speculation about whether the second-in-line to the British throne would marry his long-term girlfriend.