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Will William & Kate’s wedding be a royally green affair?
by Kathryn Robbins on April 29, 2011
Ever since Prince William decided to “put a ring on it,” the world has been obsessed with the preparations surrounding his wedding to Kate Middleton. People debated about what venue would be perfect, Kate’s wedding dress designer, and if David and Victoria Beckham would get an invitation. With all the fuss over the big day almost over, what will be the environmental impact of their wedding?
Unlike ordinary people, royals can’t exactly get hitched at the local courthouse or go to a drive-thru wedding chapel in Las Vegas. Royal weddings may be hit a Super Bowl level of largess, but Kate and William seem to have put some green touches on their wedding. To start, the couple decided that they would nix a wedding registry full of china tchotchkes they don’t need in favor of charitable donations. The idea not only benefits great organizations like Earthwatch and the Zoological Society of London, but it also cuts down on packaging and CO2 emissions from shipping.
Prince Charles was once named by Time as one of their “Heroes of the Environment,” and it seems that he’s had a big impact on the day’s events. His good friend, chef and restaurant owner Anton Mosimann, will be in charge of the meal. Some details of the menu have leaked and sources say that it will consist of organic and locally sourced goods from the UK. A type of finger food called canapés will use ingredients from the Royal Estate and wine served at the event will be sourced from the country.
The couple enlisted another pal of the Prince, Shane Connolly, to create floral displays using seasonal and organic flowers for use in Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. He and his team will also need to wrangle eight 20 foot-high trees that will be placed in planters at the Abbey. After the ceremonies there are plans to replant the six English Field Maple and two Hornbeam at Prince Charles’ Highgrove Gardens.
William and Kate have made smart choices when it comes to their nuptials, but it may be another matter that’s out of their control that may damage their green credibility. For such a large event Landcare Research estimates that less than 13 tons of CO2 emissions will be generated from hotel stays, power, garbage and food service. In comparison, travel arrangements by the 1,900 guests will generate 2,808 tons and 3,957 tons will be created by the nearly 200,000 people hitching a ride on the London Underground and rail system to see the event. While they can’t control how a guest or citizen gets to the wedding, they did have control over where they would spend their honeymoon. They chose Kenya for their honeymoon location, a country that’s about 4,000 miles away from London.