Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Archive
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Saturday, June 19, 1999 Published at 20:36 GMT 21:36 UK


Edward's 'wrong' ring finger

Royal bride Sophie Rhys-Jones slipped her new husband's wedding ring onto the 'wrong' finger.

She placed the 22 carat Welsh gold band on the little finger of Prince Edward's left hand, not the usual third finger.

It was pushed up against the his Royal signet ring bearing his crest, which he was already wearing.

Royal aides said it was traditional for a Royal prince to wear a ring on his signet finger.


Wedding kiss kept private

The new Earl and Countess of Wessex disappointed onlookers by not exchanging a kiss after emerging from their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel.

Photographers asked Edward to kiss his bride as they stood on the steps outside the chapel.

But instead of obliging, the couple waved before leaving for their carriage procession through the Windsor.

Only close members of their families witnessed their first kiss as man and wife in the privacy of the chapel's ambulatory, where they signed the marriage register.


Couple wear wedding gifts

The royal couple exchanged their vows wearing personal wedding gifts they had given to each other.

Prince Edward gave Sophie her black and white pearl necklace, interspersed with white gold rondels, and a matching pair of black and white pearl drop earrings, which he designed himself.

She gave him an 18 carat yellow gold Hunter pocket watch and chain which he wore on his specially-designed gold waistcoat by John Kent.


Sue nursing injury

Viewers watching BBC's coverage wondered whether presenter Sue Barker was making a fashion statement by matching a stylish trouser suit with a pair of chunky trainers.

But as the programme drew to a close Ms Barker, who clearly had not been expecting the studio camera shot to take in her feet, explained to viewers that she was suffering from an injury that meant she could not put on more formal footwear.


Drunk guest thrown out

A guest at the "free ticket" wedding reception in the grounds of Windsor Castle was thrown out after getting drunk.

Police said the man had been asked to leave the event for the 8,000 ticket holders when he became drunk and unruly, but had not been arrested.

More than 300 police officers and special constables were on duty during the day, but no arrests were made despite a crowd of 30,000 people packing into Windsor.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul West said: "The crowds were very good-natured given that they were queuing for hours before the wedding."





Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage |


In this section

Honeymoon over for Edward and Sophie

Balmoral honeymoon - then back to work

Royal couple join waxworks

Edward and Sophie begin married life

Radiant Sophie marries her prince

Sophie stunning in ivory silk

Traditional service for royal couple

Stars and royalty at wedding of the year

Something old, something new

Hats off to wedding fashion

Wessex titles for Edward and Sophie

Shoes hitch for Sophie

Marriage and monarchy move with the times

Fan fare: Monarchist memorabilia worldwide

Shattering the royal marriage myth