India Hicks will report on Prince William’s wedding on April 29.

Ms. Hicks wrote an essay for Harper’s Bazaar describing memories of being part of Charles and Diana’s wedding. Hours before the ceremony, she wrote, Diana was dressed in jeans and a tiara and sang along to a Cornetto ice cream commercial. She also remembered the princess encouraging young India to “do your best” when handling her 25-foot-long train.
Ms. Hicks wrote an essay for Harper’s Bazaar describing memories of being part of Charles and Diana’s wedding. Hours before the ceremony, she wrote, Diana was dressed in jeans and a tiara and sang along to a Cornetto ice cream commercial. She also remembered the princess encouraging young India to “do your best” when handling her 25-foot-long train.

 

India Hicks, second bridesmaid from left with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth on Diana's wedding day in July 1981.
India Hicks, second bridesmaid from left with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth on Diana's wedding day in July 1981.
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Ms. Hicks, one of Diana’s five bridesmaids and a goddaughter to Prince Charles, has gradually emerged, with no apologies, in the role of royal-wedding expert. At Diana’s 1981 wedding, Ms. Hicks was a 13-year-old tomboy, reluctantly decked in petticoats and puffed sleeves. Now 43 and the mother of three sons and a daughter (she describes herself as a “ferociously organized”), she will clip on a microphone and play commentator for the much-anticipated April 29 nuptials of Diana’s firstborn, Prince William, and Kate Middleton.

It’s a role that Ms. Hicks’s mother, Pamela Hicks, a daughter of Countess Mountbatten of Burma and the last Viceroy of India and herself a bridesmaid to Queen Elizabeth, has perhaps surprisingly encouraged.

“My mother reminds me, ‘You are a part of history,’ ” said Ms. Hicks, taking a seat in the Mark’s dining room and ordering a cup of English Breakfast tea and a bowl of oatmeal. “It’s only 30 years later that you think, I rode in a gilt carriage drawn by horses.”

Bridesmaid at Diana’s Wedding Will Report on Kate’s – NYTimes.com

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