Excitement surrounding the UK Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29th has reached fever pitch, with prime vantage points for the wedding procession selling for up to £100,000 (US$ 160,000).
Owners of property between Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace are cashing in on the event by selling space on rooftops, balconies, in banqueting suites and offices, where onlookers can watch Kate and William’s horse drawn carriage leading the procession.
Religious groups, charities and Government departments are all attempting to bolster their coffers by offering viewing spots along the route.
Amongst the top spots is Sanctuary House Hotel which is located close to Westminster Abbey on Victoria Street and has a bird’s eye view of the Abbey’s west entrance. A room at the nine bedroom, four balcony, nineteenth century gothic building will set you back a mere £100,000 (US$ 160,000).
Also getting in on the act is the British-Iranian Chamber of Commerce on Westminster’s Victoria Street; the Chamber are renting out two of their offices on the second and third floors with rooftop views of Westminster Abbey for £100,000 (US$ 160,000) per office.
Probably the best value available is at the windowless Methodist Central Hall, which will cost you £60 (US$ 100) including a champagne breakfast. The attraction; the roof overlooks Westminster Abbey’s west entrance.
The Abbey’s Great Hall will also hold 1,000 people free of charge, but you’ll be lucky to get in unless you camp outside.
Plans to erect a twenty foot high scaffold on Victoria Street, next to Westminster Abbey, are almost complete. The platform will hold thirty three TV and Radio staff and paparazzi from around the world.
Once complete, the twenty four tonne steel scaffold, covered in plywood and painted with a Cumberland stone finish to match surrounding buildings, will broadcast the event to an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide. An even larger structure is being built near Buckingham Palace.
Cities across the UK will be televising the event outdoors on large screens and many street parties are planned; a British tradition during a royal event.
In fact, Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife, Samantha Cameron, will be holding one in Downing Street. Just as long as her Government application to hold a street party is approved!