This illustration shows the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace in England on Feb. 10, 1840. Queen Victoria's white ballgown changed the way brides dressed for years to come.
After years of speculation about when they would wed, Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement on Tuesday. The announcement seems to have thrilled Britons, both the public and the press. The wedding and the buzz leading up to it are likely to provide a bit of cheer for a nation – though some people are sure to grouse about the cost of what is sure to be a lavish affair at a time of sobering austerity cuts. Below are some of the royal wedding and marriage traditions that we will surely hear more about in coming months.