1981, 1st edition; Printed in Spain; Crown Publishers; larger hardbound completely full of wonderful color photographs; very good conditon with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good.
This book places the courtship and marriage of a Royal heir to the daughter of the 8th Earl Spencer in its historical perspective. It looks at the traditions and the meticulous planning inevitably associated with what may be seen as the most important Royal wedding since 1863.
Foreword by The Very Rev. Alan Webster, DEAN OF ST PAUL'S. "It is with the greatest pleasure that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh announce the betrothal of their beloved son, the Prince of Wales, to the Lady Diana Spencer, daughter of the Earl Spencer and the Honourable Mrs Shand Kydd." These words from Buckingham Palace proclaimed to a fascinated world the most momentous piece of Royal news since the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II twenty-seven years previously.
The announcement brought with it a happy conclusion to months of speculation, delight amongst the public at large, and the compelling prospect of a ceremony which carried the unspoken promise of being "the wedding of the century." Invitation to a Royal Wedding places the courtship and marriage of a Royal heir to the daughter of the 8th Earl Spencer in its historical perspective. It looks at the traditions and the meticulous planning inevitably associated with what may be seen as the most important wedding since that of Edward VII in 1863. Above all, with its details of the processional routes, of the accompanying celebrations and of the ceremony itself in the magnificent English Renaissance setting of St Paul's Cathedral, it invites you to be a witness to this occasion of supreme pageantry. Kathryn Spink was born in India and educated at St Helen's and St Katherine's School, Abingdon and St Anne's College, Oxford.
As a linguist, she has travelled extensively throughout the world and has written a considerable number of books on travel. She is also the author of "John Paul II in the Service of Love," a book about the current Pope which was a best seller in America, and more recently of "For the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God," an account of the international mission of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, her Missionaries of Charity and her Co-Workers.