David and Victoria Beckham may, along with countless others, be looking forward to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Wesminster Abbey in April with almost childlike enthusiasm, but for members of the Queen’s extended family – more accustomed to the form at such grand events – it is the practicalities of the day which would appear to be uppermost in their minds.
“It’s going to be a hell of an experience getting two thousand people into the Abbey and then getting them all out again,” says Edward Windsor, who, as Lord Downpatrick, is the grandson of the Duke of Kent, the Queen’s cousin, and a godchild of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. “The last experience I had of that was the Queen Mother’s funeral. Now that was extraordinary.”
The 22-year-old languages student at Oxford suggests that, if the first-timers see the occasion as an opportunity to network shamelessly, then they are likely to disappointed. “Dare I say it, but I will probably be lumped with the family – not that that’s a bad thing.