Royal funeral at last for Richard III?

LONDON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- King Richard III, who lost his life and crown at Bosworth Field, could join other English monarchs at Westminster Abbey now that his remains have been found.

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Tent city across from royal wedding abbey

Tent city across from royal wedding abbey

LONDON, April 28 (UPI) -- A tent city sprouted across from London's Westminster Abbey Thursday as diehard fans sought the best position for the Prince William and Kate Middleton wedding.
Blair, Brown left off royal wedding list

Blair, Brown left off royal wedding list

LONDON, April 24 (UPI) -- The guest list for the upcoming royal wedding in London has come under fire over who was and wasn't invited, watchers of the royal family said.

Hunger strike gets girl ticket to wedding

MEXICO CITY, April 23 (UPI) -- A Mexican teenager who went on a hunger strike in February hoping it would get her an invite to the royal wedding will go to the ceremony, officials said.
Royals release seating plan for wedding

Royals release seating plan for wedding

LONDON, April 23 (UPI) -- The seating plan for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London's Westminster Abbey has been released, royal insiders said.
Queen hands out Maundy Money on birthday

Queen hands out Maundy Money on birthday

LONDON, April 22 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 85th birthday Thursday by distributing Maundy Money at Westminster Abbey in London.

Cameron opts for formal dress for wedding

LONDON, April 21 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron has decided to do the correct thing and wear a morning coat, with tails and waistcoat, to the royal wedding.

Swank hotel to host Kate on wedding eve

LONDON, April 16 (UPI) -- Buckingham Palace says London's Goring Hotel will be the pre-wedding headquarters for Kate Middleton and her clan.
'Middle' mines royal wedding for laughs

'Middle' mines royal wedding for laughs

LOS ANGELES, April 4 (UPI) -- Britain's upcoming royal wedding will figure into the plot line of an episode of the U.S. sitcom "The Middle," ABC said Monday.
William admits to pre-wedding anxiety

William admits to pre-wedding anxiety

LONDON, April 1 (UPI) -- England's Prince William admits he is nervous about his upcoming wedding to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton.

Peace camp evicted from Parliament Square

LONDON, March 18 (UPI) -- A man who has camped in London's Parliament Square for almost 10 years of anti-war protest faces eviction after losing a court fight.

Prince William, fiancee visit Belfast

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, March 9 (UPI) -- Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton, made a quick Shrove Tuesday visit to Northern Ireland, where they flipped pancakes for charity.
1,900 invited to British royal wedding

1,900 invited to British royal wedding

LONDON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Invitations to Britain's royal wedding -- about 1,900 of them -- have started reaching the royal couple's guests, officials say.
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Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey where the 29th of April Royal wedding of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton will take place. April 24, 2011. UPI/Rune Hellestad

The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, popularly known as Westminster Abbey, is a large, mainly Gothic church, in Westminster, London, England (UK), located just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English, later British and later still (and currently) monarchs of the Commonwealth realms. The abbey is a Royal Peculiar and briefly held the status of a cathedral from 1546 to 1556.

Westminster Abbey is a collegiate church governed by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster, as established by Royal charter of Queen Elizabeth I in 1560, which created it as the Collegiate Church of St Peter Westminster and a Royal Peculiar under the personal jurisdiction of the Sovereign. The members of the Chapter are the Dean and four residentiary Canons, assisted by the Receiver General and Chapter Clerk. One of the Canons is also Rector of St Margaret's Church, Westminster, and often holds also the post of Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons. In addition to the Dean and Canons, there are at present two full-time minor canons, one precentor, the other succentor. The office of Priest Vicar was created in the 1970s for those who assist the minor canons. Together with the Clergy and Receiver General and Chapter Clerk, various Lay Officers constitute the College, including the Organist and Master of the Choristers, the Registrar, the Auditor, the Legal Secretary, the Surveyor of the Fabric, the Head Master of the Choir School, the Keeper of the Muniments and the Clerk of the Works, as well as twelve Lay Vicars and ten of the choristers and the High Steward and High Bailiff. There are also forty Queen's Scholars who are pupils at Westminster School (the School has its own Governing Body). Those who are most directly concerned with liturgical and ceremonial matters are the two Minor Canons and the Organist and Master of the Choristers.

According to a tradition first reported by Sulcard in about 1080, the Abbey was first founded in the time of Mellitus (d. 624), Bishop of London, on the present site, then known as Thorn Ey (Thorn Island); based on a late tradition that a fisherman called Aldrich on the River Thames saw a vision of Saint Peter near the site. This seems to be quoted to justify the gifts of salmon from Thames fishermen that the Abbey received in later years. In the present era, the Fishmonger's Company still gives a salmon every year. The proven origins are that in the 960s or early 970s, Saint Dunstan, assisted by King Edgar, installed a community of Benedictine monks here. A stone abbey was built around 1045–1050 by King Edward the Confessor as part of his palace there and was consecrated on 28 December 1065, only a week before the Confessor's death and subsequent funeral and burial. It was the site of the last coronation prior to the Norman conquest of England, that of his successor Harold II. From 1245 it was rebuilt by Henry III who had selected the site for his burial.

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