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article imageUK Royal Wedding created in Lego

By Mathew Wace Peck     Mar 31, 2011 in Entertainment
Windsor - Next month's Royal Wedding between HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Kate Middleton has already been created in Lego.
Legoland Windsor has unveiled its tribute to the couple, which includes miniature Lego figures of Prince William and his bride-to-be.
The Lego-brick display includes senior members of the Royal Family standing on the famous balcony of London's Buckingham Palace and waving to crowds of admirers below.
According to various reports, the replica palace is a 1:50 scale of the real thing, consists of 160,000 plastic bricks and took more than 550 hours to build.
The Royal Wedding includes more than another 10,000 plastic bricks, with each plastic person in the scene standing at 10 cm high and comprising between 30 and 40 individual little bricks.
Speaking to the Mirror, Sue Kemp, Legoland Windsor Divisional Director, said: "We're proud to announce that it's our 15th birthday this year and what better way to celebrate it than to pay homage to such an amazing royal occasion.
"After all, we're based in Windsor, which is well known for its royal connections."
Lego originated in the 1930s, through the workshop of a Danish carpenter, Ole Kirk Christiansen. Christiansen first made toys out of wood but expanded to plastic in 1947. By 1949, he had produced more than 200 different plastic and wooden toys.
The history of LEGO describes that "Lego" was derived from the Danish words "leg godt", which means "play well" in English, but, coincidentally – given the nature of Lego – in Latin, "lego" means "I put together".
Christiansen's modest business eventually grew into the Lego Group, which is still a family-run business, owned by his grandson, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen. During his time as President of the LEGO Group (1979–2004), Kristiansen was responsible for many of the iconic LEGO themes, as well as introducing LEGO minifigures, its website (LEGO.com) and LEGO Mindstorms – programmable robotic/construction toys in kit form.
The display is due to open to the public on April 1 – a full four weeks ahead of the actual event – and, according to Ozarks First, "Royal wedding planners will have their work cut out trying to match [it]."
The couple's engagement was announced to the world's press on 16 November 2010. Prince William's engagement ring to his fiancée is the same one that his father, HRH Prince Charles, gave to Lady Diana Spencer on their engagement in 1980.
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