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Q&A: Families of Prince William, Kate Middleton paid for wedding

Families covered wedding costs

What is the protocol on who pays for what in a royal wedding? Are cost estimates released?

Kate Middleton's millionaire parents made a "six-figure contribution" to the wedding, Vanity Fair reported. Some publications reported that their contribution covered some of the costs for items such as Middleton's dress.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and the Middletons footed the cost for the wedding service, reception and honeymoon, with British taxpayers covering security and cleanup, according to a variety of publications.

Sums for past royal weddings have not been disclosed. Estimates for the wedding started at $32 million.

Princess title for royal lineage

Why is the Countess of Cambridge not given the title of princess when Princess Diana was?

Diana had royal lineage, so she could be assigned the princess title upon marriage to Charles, the Prince of Wales. Kate Middleton is a commoner and according to royal protocol, cannot automatically assume the princess title.

The couple's titles are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Earl and Countess of Strathearn and Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus.

"When Charles succeeds to the throne," royalty expert Richard Berthelsen wrote, "then it is entirely possible that William and Catherine will be created Prince and Princess of Wales."

Kidney donors get priority

A recent article mentioned the donation of kidneys (the Wake Forest baseball coach had donated a kidney to a player). If a person has donated a kidney, does that person become moved up on any list for a kidney in the future from someone else?

Yes. If a person has been a donor and develops kidney failure, that tremendous gift is acknowledged and that person does go to the top of the deceased donor list, said Dr. Bryan Becker, immediate past president of the National Kidney Foundations.

"We have a small number of cases in the United States when donors have unfortunately developed kidney failure some time after donation and this process has worked for them," he said.

Series filmed in central England

Can you tell me in what part of England the popular PBS series Keeping Up Appearances was filmed?

Filming locations included Coventry, Warwickshire and Northampton, in central England, according to

Q&A: Families of Prince William, Kate Middleton paid for wedding 05/10/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:03am]
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