Britain's Prince William admits pre-wedding nerves

1st April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Prince William has admitted to being so nervous in a rehearsal for his wedding to Kate Middleton later this month that his knees were knocking together, in an interview published Friday.

William, who will marry long-time girlfriend Middleton on April 29 at Westminster Abbey, confessed that Britain's biggest royal wedding for 30 years would be "quite a daunting prospect."

Meanwhile royal officials confirmed the second-in-line to the throne would not receive a wedding ring during the ceremony, nor would he wear one afterwards, in what a spokeswoman said was a "personal choice by the couple."

"After the engagement Her Majesty the Queen gave Prince William some gold to make a wedding ring. In accordance with the couple's wishes Miss Middleton will wear a ring. The ring will be from Prince William," she said.

The wedding is the biggest royal event since William's parents, Prince Charles and Diana, married in 1980 and the prince admitted he was nervous about "the whole thing".

"I was telling everyone I did the rehearsal the other day and my knees started tapping quite nervously," he said.

"It's quite a daunting prospect but very exciting and I'm thoroughly looking forward to it but there's still a lot of planning to be done in the last four weeks."

On Friday, the prince showed his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II around the Royal Air Force base in Anglesey, Wales, where he is based as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.

"I was worried your hat would blow off," the 28-year-old prince told her, after strong winds almost dislodged the queen's claret-coloured hat.

William showed the queen and his grandfather Prince Philip around an RAF Sea King helicopter for their first glimpse of his working life.

He has taken part in 12 search and rescue missions since joining the squadron in September following intensive training.

The missions have included rescuing someone who fell off a cliff in Anglesey and the victim of a suspected heart attack.

In the interview, the prince described the rescue helicopter team as a "big family in the sky."

"It's definitely advanced flying and it's rewarding, so put the two together and it's a fantastic job," he said.

"It's rewarding because every day you come into work you don't quite know what's going to happen, it's quite exciting in that sense, it's unpredictable."

He added: "Having witnessed it for the past few months, I'm very proud to be amongst the search and rescue guys and very privileged to be flying with some of the best pilots I think in the world."

But he added that sometimes the job could get "hairy", joking "especially with someone like me at the controls."

William will continue to work as a pilot after the wedding and he and Kate will continue to live near the base.

The prince's decision not to wear the traditional wedding band is in keeping with his grandfather's preference, although his father Charles does wear one under a signet ring on the little finger of his left hand.

Since the 1920s, royal wedding rings have been made of Welsh gold from the Clogau St David's mine at Bontddu in North Wales, and the gold that the queen gave William for his bride's ring also came from there.

© 2011 AFP

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