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Let’s hope William and Kate never need this one. The Royal Wedding for Dummies book has arrived. If the table of contents is any indication, the book is surprisingly thorough. It includes information on famous royal marriages dating back to Henry II’s coupling with Eleanor of Aquitane in 1152. There’s also guidance on how to throw a proper street party, complete with recipes for snacks and dinner. Among the interesting tidbits are that William once surprised Kate and her family by landing his search-and-rescue helicopter on their front lawn and popping in for tea. The book is available from Amazon.com for $9.99 and a Kindle edition costs $7.99.

In other royal-related news:

• The royal wedding could soon climb the charts, BBC News reports. Decca records will release a digital audio recording of the ceremony “within hours” of its completion. In addition to the music, the recording will have the vows, readings and blessings. “The wedding means so much to millions of people all over the world — we have to capture every note and every nuance perfectly and have the recording ready within minutes of the end of the ceremony,” said producer Anna Barry. Among the scheduled performers are The Choir of Westminster Abbey, The Chapel Royal Choir, The London Chamber Orchestra and The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. CD, vinyl and cassette recordings are set to be released May 5. The recording of the wedding of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana spent two weeks at #1.

• Katy Perry has stated her plans for the royal wedding: crash it. MTV UK reports the “Firework” singer said, “I’m not invited but am I going to be there? Yes! I’m definitely gate crashing that wedding.” Perry, an American, married British comedian Russell Brand last year. She has said she will apply for dual citizenship. Perry, 26, is interested in royal history and recently visited Windsor Castle. She also likes British pub food. “I love the food here. I get really fat here because what I eat is baked beans and spuds and roast dinners. I had a shepherd’s pie. I like that. That was delicious.”

Kate now has two flowers named in her honor. David Austin Roses has named a “striking raspberry pink” rose Kate, according to the Express & Star. “We are delighted to add this exquisite new rose to our portfolio of cut flowers. We have named it Kate as a tribute to the happy couple. We are expecting it to become a firm favorite with brides,” said David Austin, son of the firm’s founder. The second flower will debut in May when the English rose garden shrub William and Kate is displayed at the Chelsea Flower Show.

What are the odds Kate’s car will break down on the way to Westminster Abbey? That Kate and William’s first dance will be to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”? That Kate’s father will cry as he walks her down the aisle? The answers to these and other pressing questions can be wagered on through London bookmakers William Hill. They have created a “Wedding Specials Market.” Incidentally, the odds are 66/1 the car will break down, 12/1 they’ll dance to Whitney Houston, and 5/1  Michael Middleton will cry. The odds are 100/1 Kate will wear a red, white, and blue wedding dress, and 50/1 she’ll leave William at the altar.

Just because one is at sea does not mean the royal nuptials need be overlooked. The three ships of the Cunard Line – the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Victoria – will celebrate the wedding in high style. The wedding will be shown live on giant screens in each of the three ships’ theaters. There will be a special royal wedding tea, a celebration dinner, wedding cake, and even a toast to the newlyweds by each captain. Cunard, of course, is closely tied to the royals. Their ships have been christened either by the Queen or Camilla, wife of Prince Charles. “Royal weddings don’t happen that often and with our impeccable royal connections we intend to ensure that our red ensign ships lead the British merchant marine in marking this momentous day,” Cunard president Peter Shanks said in a press release.

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By jimlyons