Only a week after they announced their engagement, Palace officials say they are working to carry out the couple's orders to the letter.
"The couple are completely over the moon, I've never seen two happier people," the prince's private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, said in a briefing at the palace Tuesday. "They’re on cloud nine like any other newly engaged couple and they are now getting stuck in to organizing the wedding."
Lowther-Pinkerton said the couple is in charge of every aspect of organizing the April 29 big day.
"This is Prince William and Catherine's day," he said. "They are giving us very clear direction and calling the shots, and through me, their wishes are being put into action by – as you can imagine – a rather large supporting cast."
Why the April 29 wedding date?
Fittingly, it's the feast day of St. Catherine, and they chose to be married at Westminster Abbey "because of its staggering beauty, its 1000-year Royal history and – in spite of its overall size – by its relative intimacy," Lowther-Pinkerton said. "By that, I mean, when at the High Altar, it has the uncanny feel of an intimate space."
The long associations the Abbey have had for the Windsors, for whom it has been used for weddings (William's grandmother the Queen, Fergie and Prince Andrew) and funerals (William's mother Diana and the Queen Mother) made it poignant, while "for Miss Middleton, the associations she has with the Abbey are quite simply the same as any British person would have for such a glorious and holy place," he told reporters.
As they plan their nuptials, the couple is mindful of the current tough economic times. Both of their families have agreed to pay for the ceremony, the decorations, the parties and the honeymoon.
"On scale, Prince William and Catherine have made it very clear," Lowther-Pinkerton said, "that they wish everybody to be able to enjoy the day with them."