Filipinos in the United Kingdom are eagerly anticipating what has been dubbed as the “wedding of the decade” this Friday when Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot. Emmanuel Guzman, third secretary and vice consul of the Philippine embassy in London, said there would be individual celebrations by Filipino groups all over England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which compose the United Kingdom. Filipino groups, composed mostly of nurses and health-care providers, will be holding barbecue parties, not only to celebrate the royal wedding but also to have the chance to get together and enjoy another day off from work. Guzman added the embassy would not lead any of the celebrations, although their office would be closed as the day was declared a holiday to encourage people to witness the royal event.
Meanwhile, the British embassy in Manila announced that the royal wedding tomorrow would be a national holiday and day of celebration across the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The embassy said the 5.5 million British citizens who live overseas, including the estimated 15,000 who live in the Philippines, are expected to watch the wedding via live television broadcast from Westminster Abbey in London. The event will be a great opportunity to celebrate the friendship and strong relations between the United Kingdom and the Philippines.
The wedding is to take place in the historic Westminster Abbey, the venue of 14 royal weddings and 38 coronations, as well as the final resting place of 17 monarchs.
The royal wedding, the embassy said, will mark the start of a tremendously exciting period for the UK, when the world will be watching and celebrating with them.