What was the weather like for the parade on Kate and William’s special day?
Londoners are well familiar with rainy days, and the threat of rain looming did not stop the royal wedding revelries at all. Historically, the forecasts showed only a 30% chance of scattered showers the evening before and on the day of the wedding. Rain or shine, people are prepared to handle wet weather in London any day of the years, as were Kate Middleton and Prince William. According to The Royal Forums, the couple was prepared to lead the procession to Buckingham Palace in the Glass Coach, should the weather have turned foul. Bystanders would not have been so lucky if it had rained (of course), but they seemed stoked about the royal wedding parade even if they were worried about a downpour.
Ladbrokes’ employee Alex Donohue, 21, wearing a top hat and Sunday-best suit, said rain wouldn’t dampen anyone’s spirits.
“People are here, they’re in their tents, I’ve got my umbrella here myself. I don’t think rain will put anyone off,” he said.
Nicola Fairhurst, 33, one of many people camped in tents outside the church, had her umbrella ready. “It’s a special day and rain won’t make any difference,” she said.
But seriously — knowing there was a chance of rain and skies remained clear, some strange news celebrity gossip popped up on the Royal Wedding Day about weather and whether or not Kate and William turned to science to guarantee the blushing bride adorned in a Sarah Burton gown by the design house of Alexander McQueen would not get drenched.
It’s not impossible to change the weather, reported The Daily Mail.
In 2004 a Russian company was hired to sprinkle dry ice over the skies in St. Petersburg for a Paul McCartney concert there. And, in China, the government shot rockets containing chemicals into the skies over Beijing for the opening ceremony of the Olympics being held there in 2008.
Maybe stopping rain from falling using such strange artificial means is not the most green or most environmentally friendly approach, but it has been done.
However, knowing the royals are green celebrities ho worked to host an eco friendly wedding and who continue to promote sustainability, it was unlikely for them to turn to such drastic weather control methods.
There are no confirmed reports that the royals have looked into this sort of modern wizardry for the royal wedding. As Londoners, Kate and William, Prince Charles, and the Queen are probably just too used to the rain anyway than to be bothered by the threat of clouds.
The trees needing water would have reaped the silver lining of a downpour around Westminster Abby before their replanting anyway.
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