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A regal wave: Kate arrives with sister and mother at their London hotel to spend final night as a single woman... and as a commoner


  • Couple trying to 'block out terror' of wedding watched by two billion
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After a final rehearsal at Westminster Abbey, Kate Middleton arrived this evening at the Goring Hotel, where her family are staying ahead of her marriage to Prince William tomorrow.
Wearing a polka-dot dress, the bride-to-be, accompanied by her sister Pippa and mother Carole, waved to the huge crowd which has gathered outside the hotel in Belgravia.
A beaming Kate showed no sign of nerves as she prepares to spend her final night as a single woman - and a commoner.
And royal fans had an extra treat tonight as her husband-to-be greeted well-wishers along The Mall.
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Here come the Middletons: Pippa, Kate and mother Carole smile to the crowds as they arrive at the Goring Hotel ahead of Kate's marriage to Prince William tomorrow


Almost there: Kate Middleton and her family receive huge cheers in Belgravia this evening ahead of her wedding at Westminster Abbey






I'm getting married in the morning: The bride-to-be waves to the crowds as she prepares to spend her final night as a single woman and a commoner


A family affair: Kate outside the Goring Hotel with her sister Pippa and mother Carole this evening

Less than 24 hours to go until Kate marries her prince

Prince William, accompanied by his brother Harry, shook hands and chatted with the crowd near Clarence House.
Earlier today, Kate was greeted by cheers at the abbey as she was joined by best man Prince Harry - as well as the bridesmaids and pageboys and members of her family - for one last run-through of the big day which will be watched by 2billion people round the globe.
The practice took place as it was revealed Miss Middleton will not promise to 'obey' Prince William in her vows.
Today thousands of royal fans had set up tents outside the Abbey where there was a carnival atmosphere.
As Kate arrived this morning, a huge cheer went up from the royal fans who have been arriving from round the globe.
Waving their Union flags, the crowds greeted the passing Household Cavalry this morning before the bride-to-be arrived for a last run-through.
It is the last time Miss Middleton or a member of the Royal Family will be at the abbey before the service gets under way tomorrow, St James's Palace said.

Prince William greets well-wishers along The Mall ahead of his wedding



The happy prince: Kate's husband-to-be clearly enjoyed chatting with his fans



Best man: Prince Harry joined his brother on the stroll near Clarence House


One more night: The bride-to-be and her sister Pippa were all smiles as the big day approaches



Soon to have a prince in the family: Pippa and Carole in Belgravia this evening



Later on, the Duchess of Cornwall went out onto the Mall to meet well-wishers and those camping out ahead of tomorrow’s event during an impromptu walkabout.

When asked how she was feeling ahead of the big day, the duchess said: 'We’re all ready for tomorrow - it’s wonderful and all very exciting!
'There’s a great atmosphere out here and it’s so nice to meet people and see how the celebrations are getting underway.'


Flying the flag: The Duchess of Cornwall greets royal fans as she arrives at Clarence House earlier today

Walkabout: The Duchess of Cornwall spoke to royal fans who are camping overnight on The Mall

New picture: This portrait of Prince William and Kate Middleton by celebrated photographer Mario Testino was published in the official programme

Today the journalist who carried out the couple's engagement interview said they were attempting to 'block out the terror of having two billion people' watching them tomorrow.
In a personal message to well-wishers, the couple said they were 'incredibly moved' by the affection shown to them since their engagement in the official wedding programme.
Tomorrow modern-thinking Miss Middleton will pledge to 'love, comfort, honour and keep' William.

Kate Middleton and Prince Harry at the Abbey this morning for the last run-through. Two billion people are expected to watch the ceremony tomorrow





Mike Tindall, who is due to marry Zara Phillips in July, arrives at Clarence House

The soon-to-be royal is following in the footsteps of the Prince's mother Diana who also opted not to 'obey' the Prince of Wales during their wedding ceremony in 1981.

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William and his fiancee have selected the Series One Book of Common Prayer ceremony, from 1966, which allows the bride to drop 'obey him' and 'serve him' from the religious proceedings.
With William choosing not to wear a wedding ring, only the prince will say 'With this ring I thee wed' as he places the golden band on Kate's finger.

Last practice: Kate Middleton, with her mother Carole and Prince Harry, gets into a Jaguar and leaves Westminster Abbey this morning after a final run through. The next time she will be back there will be for the wedding




Grinning bride: A smiling Kate Middleton, right, arrives at Westminster Abbey for the last run through. Left, her sister Pippa enters with bridesmaid Grace van Cutsem

Page boy: William Lowther-Pinkerton, 10, arrives at Westminster Abbey for the rehearsal this morning

The task of writing a message at the start of the official programme usually falls to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The wrote that they were deeply touched by people's reactions as they prepare for 'one of the happiest days of our lives', they said.
A St James's Palace spokesman said: 'The couple felt that they wanted to put in a message from themselves.'

The signatures 'William' and 'Catherine' can be seen underneath the heartfelt message.
The programme also contains a hand-drawn colour map of the carriage procession route, as well as the history of the abbey and details of William and Kate's coats of arms.
It includes a brief history of past Royal Weddings at the abbey, where William the Conqueror was crowned in 1066.

It declares: 'More than a millennium after the first William made his solemn oath, the abbey hosts another William and his bride for a further moment of great solemnity, but one of great joy as well.'

Some 150,000 copies of the A5 booklet, costing £2 each, will be made available along the processional route on the wedding day by a team of military cadets and Explorer Scouts.

By Royal Appointment: Page boy Tom Pettifer, eight, and Lady Louise Windsor arrive for the rehearsals this morning

Last hours: Kate Middleton and Prince Harry leaves Westminster Abbey with family and friends this morning just a day before the ceremony after the final run through

Enlarge Official programme: William and Kate said in their message at the start of the keepsake that they would like 'to thank everyone most sincerely for their kindness'

The royal wedding procession has been planned down to the finest detail

As final rehearsals are carried out, the Syrian ambassador was told he is not invited after the slaughterings.
The dramatic announcement came amid mounting fury that a representative of Middle Eastern despot President Bashar Assad was to attend.

Tomorrow the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams will conduct the vows, before pronouncing the couple 'man and wife'.
There will be one Lesson during the service, which the couple have asked Miss Middleton's younger brother James to read.

In the mood: David Cameron takes a stroll along The Mall and meets well-wishers



Happy memories: The Prime Minister also re-visited the spot where he camped out at for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981

After a lunchtime reception, the Queen will leave Buckingham Palace - and miss Harry's best man speech and the evening party.

She will head out of the capital with the Duke of Edinburgh for a private weekend, leaving the newlyweds to party the night away at a black tie evening reception with their friends.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen would hear a number of speeches at the lunchtime canapes reception for 650 guests, including family, friends, foreign royals, dignitaries and charity workers.

She will see the bride and groom cutting their lavish multi-tiered wedding cake.

A message from the royal couple in the souvenir programme says: 'We are both so delighted that you are able to join us in celebrating what we hope will be one of the happiest days of our lives.
Wellwishers: Susanna Buckman, from Maryland, U.S. and Jessica and Chelsea Spence from Zimbabwe in the tented village outside Westminster Abbey this morning


Royal father: Prince Charles arrives at Clarence House this morning hours before his son marries Kate Middleton tomorrow








Wedding guide: Kate will not vow to 'obey' William it was revealed in vows printed in the official guide this morning. Pictured right, Kate Middleton leaves the final rehearsal last night ahead of the big day




The seating plan in Westminster Abbey for the families and guests of Kate Middleton and Prince William

'The affection shown to us by so many people during our engagement has been incredibly moving, and has touched us both deeply.
'We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone most sincerely for their kindness.'
However, as final preparations get underway, rain was threatening to put a dampener on the big day.
Alison Cobb, a meteorologist with Meteogroup, said there was a 'real risk' of Kate Middleton being rained on as she steps from her limousine at 11am to enter Westminster Abbey on her father's arm.
The keepsake souvenir, which includes the full Order of Service for the marriage ceremony tomorrow, also features a new black and white portrait of the couple by the celebrated fashion photographer Mario Testino.
In a close-up shot, both the Prince and Miss Middleton are wearing matching open-necked white shirts and are smiling broadly, with Kate leaning towards William.
In the much anticipated service, the music of famous classical favourites by Elgar, Britten and Vaughan Williams will all sound out around the ancient abbey.
From the popular hymn Jerusalem to the quintessential English melody Greensleeves, the couple have embraced the nation's musical heritage in their choice of choral pieces and compositions.
St James' Palace said many of the 'stunning' pieces were picked by the bride and groom for their 'theatre'.


Final preparations: The household cavalry ride past Westminster Abbey early this morning on the day before the Royal Wedding

Clock ticking: Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey with Prince Harry for today's rehearsal ahead of the wedding tomorrow

Final rehearsal: Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton leave Westminster Abbey together last night after a last wedding run through



Catering staff are scanned as they enter Westminster Abbey this morning

Tom Bradby, ITN political editor and William's friend, told ITV's Daybreak that the couple were trying to foget so many people will be watching.
'I think there has been a really concerted attempt to block it out and just concentrate on their marriage,' he said.

'The church is going to be full of many, many people, a lot of whom they've never met, and they just want to think about themselves and what it means to them.'

Mr Bradby, a former royal correspondent, will attend the wedding as a guest.

Mr Bradby said William was determined to protect his fiancee from intrusion into their lives.
'I have really been struck over the last 10 years about how determined he has been to protect,' he said.

'He looked at his mother and what happened to her and it didn't take a genius to draw the lessons that he's obviously drawn from it - which is he doesn't want that sort of chaos in his life.

'He's tried to effectively create this iron wall around his friends and his girlfriend. You kind of worry for them that this is the moment the world gets let in.'

Mr Bradby described the young couple, who met as undergraduates at the University of St Andrews, as 'sophisticated' media operators.


Beaming: Bride-to-be Kate Middleton as she leaves Westminster Abbey this morning

The security arrangements for Friday's event include sniffer dogs and road closures







Final countdown: Tents line the street outside Westminster Abbey this morning where William and Kate will wed in a service conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury



Celebration: Buntings are seen hanging across No 10 Downing Street today in readiness for the street party for the Royal Wedding


Royal celebration: Bucklebury Church of England Primary School, in Kate Middleton's hometown, hold a wedding party today for the bride

William's father the Prince of Wales and stepmother the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton and sister Pippa will all act as witnesses and sign the historic marriage registers during the ceremony on Friday.
It also emerged that the bride will walk up the aisle to the dramatic sounds of a coronation anthem - the soaring choral masterpiece 'I was glad' by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry from Psalm 122.
It was composed for the crowning of Prince William's great-great-great grandfather Edward VII at Westminster Abbey in 1902, but is also popular at weddings.
As the choir begins to sing, the bride will begin her three and a half minute procession through the Nave and Quire to meet her Prince on her father's arm.
The newlyweds will leave the Abbey to the sounds of the well-known rousing orchestral march Crown Imperial by William Walton, which was also played at Charles and Diana's wedding.
The three hymns - 'Guide me, O thou great Redeemer', 'Love divine, all loves excelling' and Jerusalem which begins 'And did those feet in ancient time' - are all favourites of the couple.




Run-through: Sophie Wes***, left, arrives at Clarence House this morning and, right, Kate Middleton's mother Carole leaves for Westminster Abbey


Official programme: 150,000 copies have been printed of the A5 booklet, costing £2 each, which will be made available along the route on the wedding day by a team of military cadets and Explorer Scouts




Royal bride vows to 'love, comfort, honour and keep' William


Here is the full Solemnization of Marriage conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury from the Order of Service:

The Archbishop says to Prince William:

William Arthur Philip Louis, wilt thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live together according to God's law in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour and keep her, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?

He answers:

I will.

The Archbishop says to Catherine:

Catherine Elizabeth, wilt thou have this man to thy wedded husband, to live together according to God's law in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love him, comfort him, honour and keep him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all other, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?


She answers:

I will.

Royal fans: Enthusiasts sleep on the streets - one of them in a tent adorned with a Union Jack - outside Westminster Abbey as they guarantee themselves the best spots for tomorrow's ceremony

The Archbishop continues:

Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?

The Archbishop receives Catherine from her father's hand. Taking Catherine's right hand, Prince William says after the Archbishop:

I, William Arthur Philip Louis, take thee, Catherine Elizabeth to my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse: for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy law; and thereto I give thee my troth.

They loose hands.
Catherine, taking Prince William by his right hand, says after the Archbishop:

I, Catherine Elizabeth, take thee, William Arthur Philip Louis, to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse: for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy law; and thereto I give thee my troth.

They loose hands.

Tent city: Hundreds of campers were set up outside Westminster Abbey this morning and cheered as Kate Middleton and senior members of the Royal family arrived for a run through

Exclusive entrance: Workmen erect a screen at the front of The Goring hotel which Kate Middleton has chosen as a base for herself and her closest family ahead of the royal wedding

The Archbishop blesses the ring:

Bless, O Lord, this ring, and grant that he who gives it and she who shall wear it may remain faithful to each other, and abide in thy peace and favour, and live together in love until their lives' end.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prince William takes the ring and places it upon the fourth finger of Catherine's left hand.
Prince William says after the Archbishop:

With this ring I thee wed; with my body I thee honour; and all my worldly goods with thee I share: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Congregation remains standing as the Couple kneels.

The Archbishop says:

Let us pray.

O eternal God, Creator and Preserver of all mankind, giver of all spiritual grace, the author of everlasting life: send thy blessing upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy name; that, living faithfully together, they may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, whereof this ring given and received is a token and pledge; and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

The Archbishop joins their right hands together and says:

Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.

The Archbishop addresses the Congregation:

Forasmuch as William and Catherine have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth either to other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving of a ring, and by joining of hands; I pronounce that they be man and wife together, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Archbishop blesses the Couple:

God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully with his favour look upon you; and so fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace, that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen.
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Hymn from Diana's funeral to be sung at the Royal Wedding as Kate and Charles chose the music for marriage ceremony



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Last updated at 2:44 PM on 28th April 2011
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  • The Prince of Wales and Kate Middleton spent much time together listening to potential wedding music on their iPods
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The final hymn at Princess Diana's funeral is to be the first one sung at tomorrow's wedding ceremony, it has been revealed.

'Guide me, O thou great Redeemer' was also played at a memorial service to mark the 10th anniversary of her death.
The official programme for the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton has been released this morning, just 24 hours before the ceremony.
It includes the full Order of Service, a personal message of thanks from the couple, and a photo of William and Kate taken by photographer Mario Testino at the time of their engagement.

The programme features Prince William’s recently updated Coat of Arms on the front cover and Miss Middleton’s new Coat of Arms on the back cover.




Front and back page: The official programme features Prince William's recently updated coat of arms on the front and Kate Middleton's new coat of arms on the reverse




The opening page of the souvenir guide includes the official engagement portrait by Mario Testino. The page is signed by William and Catherine



The second page of the souvenir programme has a map of the route taken by bride and groom and basic order of service


Guide me, O thou great Redeemer has been chosen as a tribute to Princess Diana

The Order of Service includes full details about the processions, music, hymns, prayers and readings. The wedding service itself is taken from the Book of Common Prayer. There will be one Lesson during the service, which the couple have asked Miss Middleton's younger brother James to read.


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Prince Charles was instrumental in helping William and Kate choose the music for their service, according to a St James's Palace spokesman.

'Catherine is very familiar with classical music. She had a lot of input from the Prince of Wales. They spent a a lot of time listening to the music together on iPods,' he said.
He added: 'The theme of the whole wedding is Britishness, accentuating traditional forms and crafts.
'Catherine was very keen to include Greensleeves because it's such a famous piece of English music.'
Music from three of Britain's greatest composers - Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten and Vaughan Williams - will feature in the service.

The couple have also included 'Guide me, O thou great redeemer' as a tribute to Prince William's mother Diana, Princess of Wales. The hymn was sung at her funeral in 1997, so will have bittersweet memories for the groom.

The third page details the music to be played before the service and the arrival of the main guests


Miss Middleton will walk up the aisle to the soaring coronation anthem 'I was glad' by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry from Psalm 122.
It was composed for the coronation of Prince William's great-great-great-grandfather Edward VII at Westminster Abbey in 1902.
Royal signatures: William's flourish and Kate's rounded script feature on the opening page

As the choir begin to sing she will start her three-and-a-half minute procession,on her father's arm, through the Nave and Choir to meet the Prince.

The spokesman added: 'A lot of these pieces have been chosen for their theatre.

'They are stunning pieces of music that fill the Abbey and give a sense of grandeur to the occasion.'
William and Kate have, however, added a modern twist to the proceedings. Miss Middleton specifically wanted some new music to be heard on the day.
A special fanfare entitled Valiant and Brave - after the motto of William's RAF Search and Rescue No 22 Squadron - was composed by Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs, the Force's principal director of music.
The 30-second celebration will be sounded by seven trumpeters and one drummer from the Central Band of the RAF as the bride and groom prepare for their procession to the Great West Door.
A new piece for The Anthem was also written by British choral composer John Rutter as a gift from the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey.

In a nod to the island where they have set up home, Prince William of Wales and Miss Middleton selected a work by modern composer Paul Mealor, who has a studio on Anglesey, for The Motet.
Mr Mealor said: 'The ceremony is going to be, without a doubt, the most emotionally intense and exhilarating hour of my life.' He plans to watch the wedding on television with his mother.

The fourth page includes the procession of the bride, the first hymn and the Dean's welcome


There are also a number of crossovers with past royal weddings.

Kate's bridal procession music was used as The Anthem for the 1981 wedding of Prince William's parents the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, but Diana walked up the aisle to The Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke.

Other links to Charles and Diana wedding include Elgar's Sonata for Organ Op 28, Walton's Crown Imperial and Vaughan William's Rhosymedre.

'Guide me, O thou great Redeemer' was the last hymn sung at Diana, Princess of Wales's funeral.

William also paid a touching tribute to the marriage of his father and stepmother Camilla.
The Prince and his fiancee chose to include Farewell to Stromness by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in their service because it featured in the Prince and the Duchess's wedding blessing.
A St James' Palace spokesman said: 'It's a personal touch to the couple - an acknowledgement of William's father and the Duchess of Cornwall.'

The hymn 'Love divine, all loves excelling' also featured at the 2005 service.







The fifth page includes the marriage vows and the second hymn Love Divine





The sixth page includes the lesson read by Kate Middleton's brother James, an anthem by popular English composr John Rutter and the address by the Bishop of London



Enlarge Seating plan: The British Royal Family and Kate's family and friends will be closest to the action

Kate's brother James Middleton will give The Lesson, reading Romans 12: 1-2, 9-18, as he stands at the the Great Lectern. He will declare 'Let love be genuine' during the only reading in the service.

Prayers will be said to bestow the 'gift of children' on the couple and that they may see them 'virtuously brought up'.

The congregation will also pray that William may love and cherish his wife and that Kate may be 'faithful to her husband'.
Two choirs, one orchestra and two fanfare teams will perform the music at the wedding service. These include The Choir of Westminster Abbey, The Chapel Royal Choir, The London Chamber Orchestra, The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and The State Trumpeters of The Household Cavalry.
The choirs will be under the direction of Mr James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey. The Choir of Westminster Abbey is made up of 20 boys, all of whom attend the Abbey’s dedicated residential Choir School, and 12 professional adult singers, known as Lay Vicars.

The Abbey’s Sub Organist, Robert Quinney, will play the organ. The Chapel Royal Choir consists of ten Children of the Chapel, boy choristers who hold scholarships at City of London School, and six Gentlemen-in-Ordinary, who are professional singers.

The London Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by Mr Christopher Warren-Green, its Music Director and Principal Conductor. The orchestra will comprise 39 musicians located in the organ loft of the Abbey. It was founded in 1921 by Anthony Bernard.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is a patron of the orchestra. A fanfare team of seven musicians from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force will perform under the direction of Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs. The Central Band was established in 1920 and provides musical support to the RAF throughout the UK.

The State Trumpeters of The Household Cavalry comprises musicians from both The Band of The Life Guards and The Band of The Blues and Royals. The Fanfare Team of eight Trumpeters will be led by Trumpet Major Grant Sewell-Jones of The Band of The Blues and Royals.

The seventh page includes the third hymn, blessing by the Dean and the National Anthem








The eighth page details the procession of the bride and bridegroom followed by the Queen and the order of carriages

The ninth page has a new official photograph of William and Kate taken by Mario Testino


The tenth page details the history of Westminster Abbey, where King Henry I married Matilda of Scotland in 1100








The 11th page continues the history of Westminster Abbey, which is also a burial place for British monarchs


The 12th page details the history of Royal Weddings in the UK and the Coats of Arms of the bridal couple







The final page details Prince William and Prince Harry's charitable foundation. Sales of the £2 programme will go to this charity

On the wedding day, 150,000 copies of the programme will be sold by 60 Explorer Scouts and 80 Cadets (supervised by adults) for £2 per copy at locations in Green Park, Hyde Park, St James’s Park and Trafalgar Square. Profits from the sale of the Official Programme will go to benefit The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.

The Official Programme will also be available for free electronically in two formats: as a page-turning Ceros PDF (using Flash) and an iBook compatible with Apple products, which can be downloaded from the Apple iBookstore.
The service will be recorded and released by Decca Records as a download tomorrow evening. It will be released on CD and vinyl on May 4.
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Here comes the groom: William goes on a final walkabout as a single man as he greets his fans on the eve of his wedding




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Last updated at 11:09 PM on 28th April 2011

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Prince William delighted thousands of well-wishers in The Mall last night as he staged an impromptu walkabout.

Joined by his brother Harry, the beaming prince stunned die-hard fans when he appeared from Clarence House at about 8.30pm to thank them for their support.

A few burst into tears and a sea of hands rose up, desperate for the chance to shake hands with the prince and to wish him luck before the big day.


The happy prince: Prince William greets well-wishers along The Mall ahead of his wedding



Best man: Prince Harry joined his brother on the stroll near Clarence House

Dressed casually in a pale shirt, black jumper and chinos, he looked relaxed as he cracked jokes with the crowd, echoing his mother Diana’s easy nature with the adoring public.

He paid particular attention to the children who squeezed forward to peer over the barrier at the tall prince.

His brother Harry kept his distance so as not to detract attention from the man of the hour – so much so that television cameras did not even notice he was there until he strolled back into Clarence House.

Focus on the groom: William is captured on camera by a well-wisher



Some of the crowd had been camped for several days to secure prime position for the wedding procession, but it was all worthwhile for a fleeting glimpse of the prince. One said: ‘I cannot believe he actually came out to meet us. That shows what a friendly, lovely person he is.’
Earlier, the sense of anticipation had been growing among those who had already bagged spots outside Westminster Abbey.

Among them were Sarah Trotter and Angela Davie, who as giggly schoolgirls in 1981 had made the trip to London to see William’s parents Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles tie the knot.

The women, both 46, proudly paraded their patriotic credentials by wearing T-shirts specially printed for the occasion bearing the slogan ‘Back Again’ above a photograph of them as 16-year-olds at Charles and Diana’s wedding.




A casual stroll: Prince Harry greets some fans - and William looked relaxed as he cracked jokes with the crowd

‘We love the pomp and ceremony of a big royal occasion. Nobody does it like the British,’ said Mrs Trotter, a married mother of two from Ashford, Surrey, who runs a wedding dress shop.

‘The Royal Family’s image is brought down a bit by some of its members but they are an institution and I think we should be more proud of them than we are in this country.’

Also among the hundreds who have set up camp outside the Abbey was legendary royal fan Terry Hutt.

The 76-year-old has been a supporter of the monarchy since he was four when the Queen Mother visited Holloway, North London, where he lived, to see the damage done by Nazi bombs in the Blitz.

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He claims to have been to watch almost every significant royal occasion since.

Mr Hutt took up his place on Tuesday and will have spent 72 hours waiting on the pavement by the time William and Kate tie the knot.
‘It’s true love,’ he said. ‘They met at university, fell out for a bit, and have had to get to know each other. I can’t wait to see them come out the Abbey a married couple.

‘They are the future King and Queen, I had to be here.’

Others had travelled from New Zealand, Canada and the U.S. Joan Martin, 57, a sales rep from Wisconsin, said: ‘William is wonderful and Kate is so down to earth. It’s the wedding of the century, it’ll be awesome.’
Earlier in the day the Duchess of Cornwall went out onto the Mall to meet well-wishers and see those camping out ahead of tomorrow’s event during an impromptu walkabout.

When asked how she was feeling ahead of the big day, the duchess said: 'We’re all ready for tomorrow - it’s wonderful and all very exciting!

'There’s a great atmosphere out here and it’s so nice to meet people and see how the celebrations are getting underway.'





Meet and Greet: Camilla Duchess of Cornwall stepped out to meet people on the Mall on the eve of the wedding



Royal tent city: Thousands camp outside Westminster Abbey for event of the year
Anyone still hoping they can get close to the action outside Westminster Abbey had better think again because the area opposite the historic church has turned into a camp site full of Royal fans desperate for the best spot for tomorrow's wedding.
The run-up to the nuptials, which are set to be watched by billions worldwide, has proved a quintessentially English affair - with tea, cakes, tiaras, bunting and flags all on show in and around Parliament Square.
Thousands of diehard Royalists from across the world have descended on the patch of central London outside the Abbey as they vie to secure the best viewing position before Kate and Prince William marry.

Many have already camped out for several nights and have come with their tents, sleeping bags and even gazebos as they attempt to cater for all potential turns in the weather.



Royal fever: People camping in tents opposite Westminster Abbey have assured themselves a good view




Red, white an blue: As well as the T-shirt, hat and the hair, this lady even painted her nails in the colours of the Union flag while, right, Terry Hutt 77, from Cambridge, is clearly a fan of the union



What a pair of cards: Royal fans dressed as King and Queen of Hearts walk along the Mall





Huddling together for warmth overnight, they passed around flasks of tea, shared crosswords and pinned reels of bunting to any surface available as they prepared for the Royal event of the decade.

As dawn broke over the historic church, a sea of red, white and blue emerged as hundreds of tents lined the cobbled pavement.
Bewildered tourists were left little space to squeeze past on their way to London's other sights, which have paled into insignificance by the most anticipated Royal wedding since Prince Charles married Lady Diana in 1981.
Some onlookers even wrapped themselves in their Union Flags to beat the brisk morning air, which they will soon unfurl when Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive tomorrow.




Crowning achievement: One hopes this lady's headwear isn't the real thing pilfered from Tower of London while, right, John Loughrey, 56, brought a replica of the official engagement ring, perhaps in the hope of finding his own princess with so many fellow royal fans in attendance



Right royal celebration: Tents lining the cobbled pavement as the world's press do their rounds






One girl takes a load off on an inflated pink sofa as they camp out in Parliament Square and (right) Royal fans wrapped up in sleeping bags to keep the cold out




Britain's got passion: Amanda Holden quizzes campers outside Westminster Abbey today






Christopher Farrow, 50, was propping himself up on the barricade, wearing a William and Kate tea towel and a Union flag round his waist, with two flags on sticks tucked into his waistband.
Mr Farrow, from Nottingham, said: 'I can't wait. This is what makes Britain great. Because of people like us camping out, everybody else wants to get involved.'

'There will be billions of people watching -- and I will be seeing it with my own eyes. I'm going to go absolutely mad -- cheer, shout and wave my flags.'

A long night: Diehards stir as the sun rises with 24 hours to go before the Royal event of the decade




Who will buy? A street vendor d****d in a William and Kate flag sells his royal wedding souvenirs in Trafalgar Square and, right, there's a smart suit somewhere under the clingfilm and cut-outs combination belonging to Richard Firth from Reading





Royal watchers wearing tiaras talk amongst the tents outside the entrance the historic church



Nice lie in: A man sleeps in his open tent covered in a Union Flag duvet




Some fans pitched camp as early as two days ago in a bid to get as close to the action as possible.
John Loughrey, 56, was the first to arrive last night with only a sleeping bag and two carrier bags at the start of a week-long vigil to ensure a prime position for the event.

He was dressed in a Kate and William T-shirt, emblazoned with the words 'Diana Would Be Proud' with the images of Kate and William tied round his waist and a Union flag hat.

From across the pond; Four royal fans from the U.S. are show their own version of the red, white and blue outside Westminster Abbey




Suitably attired: One supporter sports a suit made from pictures of the Royal family while, right, one wonders if this fan already wearing a ring on that finger - there'll still be one unmarried Prince in town after tomorrow's festivities




Cold time: The royal watchers had camped out all night in a bid to get the best spot to see the event



Carnival: Campers set up trellis tables and passed round sandwiches to get through the cold night




The former assistant chef, from Wandsworth, south west London, a self-confessed 'super fan' of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, said he planned to stay in his position until Saturday.

'I have always been loyal to the Royal Family,' he said. 'I think they are good for Britain and good for tourism. We have had them for more than 1,000 years and they make a great contribution to the life of this country.'


Mr Loughrey said he had attended every single hearing of the inquest into the death of Diana, camping for three days outside the Royal Courts of Justice in central London.

He became so well-known at the inquest - with 'Diana' and later 'Dodi' painted on his face - that he was even given a special mention by the coroner, Lord Justice Scott Baker.

Oh, what a knight: Colin Bickers walked 55 miles from his home town of Worthing in his full suit of armor for the wedding - raising money for charity along the way




Hat's entertainment: Tina Pittock from Aldershot with headwear created specially or the occasion but the event has brought visitors from across the Atlantic too





Tired of the wedding festivities already? Two boys catch up on sleep on the pavement outside Westminster Abbey


Tornado GR4 aircraft take off from RAF Coningsby station in Lincolnshire for a fly-past rehearsal



Typhoon (top and bottom) and Tornado GR4 (left and right) aircraft rehearse their fly-past for the Royal wedding

Mr Loughrey, whose partner Marion died of skin cancer in 2003, also spent four days camped outside following the death of Diana in 1997.


He said he believed Miss Middleton and William would be together 'forever'.

'They have taken their time over marriage, unlike the Prince's late mother - she got married maybe far too young,' he said. 'The Prince has learned from his mother to take his time.'

The mass of well-wishers from all over the globe included Canadian hairdressing duo Cathy Shepphard, 50, and Isabell Mackey, 47, from Ontario. They arrived in the UK yesterday and said they were surprised that so many people were already camping at the abbey.


Union Flag and George Cross flag bunting hangs outside the Lamb and Flag pub in central London


'When we heard William and Kate were engaged we thought we'd never get the chance to see the royal wedding, but then we thought why not?' Ms Mackey said.
'Just to see William and Kate will be exciting, we just want to enjoy all of it. 'It's always been my dream to see England, I'm fascinated by it,' she added.

The duo have come prepared with Union flags and homemade royal hats which incorporate the Canadian flag. 'We know that the British wear fancy hats and you can't come to a royal wedding and not wear your hat,' Ms Mackey said.

Union flag bunting and other brightly coloured flags adorn the metal barriers that line the busy main road. An array of red and white balloons hovered in the air above collections of wedding memorabilia.

Street peddler Tony Mullarkey, 52, had travelled to London from Worcester with a thousand red and white rubber bracelets adorned with the royal couple's names.

The trader, whose face was painted with a Union flag attracted a lot of media attention as he pitched up. He said he hoped to sell all the bracelets along with bunting and flags but had been warned he would not be allowed to set up a stand.
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'William must recognise me by the time I get to the altar': Kate Middleton's only condition to hair stylist Richard Ward for big day



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Last updated at 8:51 PM on 28th April 2011

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Royal waves: Kate Middleton has insisted on natural hair for her big day


Most brides are advised not to stray too far from the norm when choosing their style for the big day.
And Kate Middleton appears to be following the rules as she has insisted on keeping her look natural for her wedding to Prince William on Friday.

Kate's hairstylist today has revealed the only order she has given for her wedding day: 'By the time she gets to the end of the altar her husband must recognise her.'
Richard Ward, who owns the London salon responsible for styling the Royal bride's hair on Friday, told how Kate, her mum Carole, 56, and sister Pippa, 27, have already had a number of dress rehearsals for their hair alone.
Richard said: 'We've had many practice runs - and not just with Kate.
'The one rule is by the time she gets to the end of the altar her husband must recognise her.'
Asked what the look would be, Richard replied 'natural.'

He refused to divulge the name of the dressmaker he has been working with during the series of styling trials leading up to the big day.
Richard's star snipper James Pryce, 33, will take the helm as the main hair stylist, joining Kate's team of dressers who will tend to her look at the Goring Hotel in Belgravia, close to Buckingham Palace, on the morning of the wedding.


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Though Richard, 43, is keeping a close eye on things having been the Middleton's family hairdresser for the past eight years.

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Richard insisted that Kate's pending marriage to Prince William hasn't changed her.

Richard has been the Middleton's family hairdresser for the past eight years

He said: 'She's absolutely lovely, like any 29-year-old girl.

'She's absolutely gorgeous and she's a lot of fun.

'She jokes around like everyone else, she feels very comfortable coming into the salon.

'She hasn't changed, she's just become more assured. She's caring, honest and good, and I haven't seen anything that will change that.
Richard told how the salon has already been flooded by young women looking to copy Kate's signature look, from the UK and abroad, after seeing the photos of a glowing Kate and Wills during their engagement announcement in November.
He said: 'A lot of girls wanted it, especially a lot of Americans.
'We have a lot of people from America coming in. How Kate wears her hair typifies how you should be wearing your hair today, it's a very natural look. It needs to gleam with health, it needs to shine, needs really deep rich color.
'Kate and her family have been coming for eight years and we've got a relationship that goes back a long time.
'We're lucky because she has amazing hair.'
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Their last day of freedom: Biker Wills has a game of five-a-side with pals before his final rehearsal with Kate



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With just 24 hours to go before they wed at Westminster Abbey, William and Kate chose very different ways to savour their last days of freedom.
Prince William has already confessed that his knees are ‘tapping quite nervously’ as his wedding day approaches. But nerves did not stop the 28-year-old jumping on his motorbike to spend one of his last nights as a bachelor by playing five-a-side football with the boys.
During a kick-about in a South London park at 10pm on Tuesday, one of William’s friends was even overheard referring to his ‘last day of freedom’.

Enlarge Easy rider: William roars out of Clarence House on his beloved Ducati as he went to spend one of his last nights as a bachelor by playing five-a-side football with the boys







Playing with the boys: William looks exhausted as he's flanked by friends after the kick-about in a South London park. One of William's friends was overheard referring to his 'last day of freedom'




Run through: Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry leave the wedding rehearsal last night at Westminster Abbey



Countdown: Prince William is all smiles after the rehearsal as he leaves the Abbey in a car with Prince Harry


It must have gone well: Kate Middleton grins as she is driven away from the wedding run through at Westminster Abbey

Meanwhile, speculation grew over whether the couple have written their own vows for the royal wedding after Kate was photographed leaving her family home in Bucklebury yesterday with a sheaf of paper visible in the back seat of the car that included a passage from an unrecognised work.

While many of the words were obscured, it read in part: 'With so much love within our hearts.'
While the passage could be from a separate reading, it opens the possibility that they have followed the example of many young couples and written their own vows for their special day.
Kate and Prince William were back together last night to hold last-minute rehearsals as the final countdown to tomorrow's Royal Wedding got under way.

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At one point during William's football match, a team-mate wearing a baseball cap and blue shirt grabbed his arm and bounced the ball off the back of his head while the others laughed and jeered.
A second friend then took over, throwing the ball at William’s growing bald patch.
The prince seemed embarrassed by the spectacle and bowed his head in an attempt to shrug off the attention.
Wearing England shorts, a black shirt and socks in the colour of his favourite team, Aston Villa, he sprinted around the park playing central defence to shouts of ‘William’ and ‘Wills’.
Four royal protection officers stood on the sidelines – and even ran off to collect the ball when it soared over a fence.
The 45-minute kickabout is a regular fixture for William whenever he has time off from working as a search and rescue pilot in Anglesey, North Wales.
If his bride-to-be had grumbled about how a sliding tackle could ruin the wedding by leaving him with grazes or even a broken leg, the prince did not let it affect his evening.
But he decided to forgo the usual trip to a pub in Battersea following the game.
Instead, he returned to St James’s Palace on the black £15,000, 180mph Ducati superbike which is his pride and joy.
The prince is often spotted zooming around the country roads of Anglesey with Kate riding pillion.
He even has patriotic knee protectors decorated with the England flag.

Preparing for the big day: Kate Middleton leaves Clarence House for Westminster Abbey with Prince Harry today



All smiles: Kate Middleton and Prince Harry arrive at Westminster Abbey today for the final rehearsal


But last year his father Prince Charles told of his fears about the dangers of the high-powered machines, which are also popular with Prince Harry.
At a reception in December, Charles said: ‘I always worry about them. It’s about other cars not being able to see you. I’m always telling my sons that.’
Miss Middleton drove from the family home in to Clarence House, where the couple were said to have met the Dean of Westminster Abbey for a run-through of the wedding service.

Departing from tradition? A sheet of paper visible in the back seat of the car as Kate Middleton drives away opens the possibility the couple have written their own vows
Contrary to some reports, William and Kate were expected to spend last night together there before Kate moves into the nearby Goring Hotel in Belgravia today.
The couple have lived together at a rented farmhouse on in the island of Anglesey for the last year and friends said they saw no reason to be apart for any longer than necessary.


Especially for you: Kate's marriage vows appear to be revealed on the back seat of her car as she drives to London

In line with tradition, however, Kate will spend her last night as an unmarried woman apart from the groom. Although she was offered the pick of palace apartments in which to stay, family-orientated Kate has opted to stay in the five-star Goring Hotel with her parents, Michael and Carole, sister Pippa and brother James.

A smiling Pippa, 27, and Carole, 56, left the family home shortly after Kate yesterday in a car filled with suit bags and headed straight for the hotel.
At lunchtime Kate’s father also arrived at the Goring in a Ford Transit van carrying the bridal party’s outfits.

A number of suit bags and boxes – some marked with Pippa’s name – were carried inside. One 8ft garment carrier was rumoured to be carrying Kate’s dress. More than 1,800 flowers have been delivered to the hotel, including pink and white hydrangeas and brilliantly-coloured geraniums.

Kate was later seen lugging boxes from the boot of her car and carrying them into Clarence House – a far cry from the treatment she will no doubt receive as Princess William of Wales.

She also excitedly hugged several members of staff as she chatted about her plans for the big day.
Prince William will spend the eve of his wedding having a private dinner at Clarence House with the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.

The couple then swept into Westminster Abbey for a final wedding rehearsal accompanied by best man Prince Harry, maid of honour Pippa Middleton and Kate's parents Michael and Carole.
Kate apparently 'squealed' with delight when she saw how the medieval building had been transformed.

Prince William, Kate Middleton and best man Prince Harry arrive at Westminster Abbey for yesterday's rehearsal


Kicking up dust: Members of the Household Cavalry cross Horseguards as they take part in the dress rehearsal





What's in the bag? Kate Middleton carries a dress bag into the rehearsal at Clarence house, stopping for a last-minute chat before heading inside







Final preparations: Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey this evening for the last rehearsal involving the Royal couple before Friday's wedding



All smiles: Prince William beams happily as he arrives at the Abbey tonight. He was joined by his best man Prince Harry and senior clergy



'She was overwhelmed with how beautiful it looked - it was everything she had hoped for,' said an onlooker.
'Her parents were by her side the whole time, telling her how wonderful it was going to be. She looked like any young bride, excited about her big day.'
The couple arrived at the Abbey from Clarence House just before 7.30pm. Harry travelled with his brother and future sister-in-law, apparently cracking jokes on the way.

The roads around the abbey were already filled with well-wishers and camera crews.

Waiting at the abbey were the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who is marrying the couple, the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, who will give the address, and the Dean of Westminster, Dr John Hall, who is conducting the service.

Kate, 29, practised walking up the aisle with her father, who then handed her over to the groom before the couple went through their vows.

Showing no sign of nerves, the 29-year-old bride-to-be, dressed in a demure cream suit, set off from Berkshire at 8.45am -- the last time she will leave home as a single woman -- with only her police protection officer for company.
Nervous? Kate Middleton leaves her family home with a protection officer



Two days to go ... Kate's sister Pippa and mother Carole drive away from their family home in Bucklebury





Father of the bride: Kate's dad Michael Middleton leaves The Goring Hotel in London with a little help from what appear to be bodyguards


She greeted her fiancé, 28, at his London residence for the meeting with Dr John Hall, who will conduct the service and be the first to welcome her when she arrives at the abbey with her father on Friday.
The couple are also expected to rehearse their vows at the abbey before the big day.

A royal spokesman said: 'There will be final preparations happening over the last couple of days.'
Preparations are now at fever pitch, with family, military and security staff making last-minute adjustments.
As hundreds of members of the Armed forces had a dress rehearsal of the drill ahead of the ceremony, Kate's family was also on the move yesterday, heading for the capital - together with all the essentials for her wedding to Prince William.
A suspiciously long dress bag, together with hat boxes and other finery, belonging to the Middleton family were seen moving into the luxury Goring Hotel.
Just around the corner from Buckingham Palace, the five-star establishment will be home to Kate's family and friends, who will decamp there for the wedding.






Careful with that: The Middletons wedding wardrobe is moved into their temporary home ahead of the wedding celebrations while, right, one a royal fan makes clear her feelings about the Royal Wedding with this T-shirt paraded outside Westminster Abbey





There's more? Bags and a hat box follow the wardrobe into the hotel
Kate's mother, Carole, and sister Pippa, were seen driving out of their £1million home, seeming in high spirits, smiling at photographers and both dressed in classic navy outfits.

But for Her Majesty the Queen, it was business as usual.


What's this then? The Middleton family wedding wardrobe, including a suspiciously long dress, arrives at the Goring

Looking dazzling in bright blue ensemble, and a hat with jaunty red trim, she went to Cambridge for a lunch and reception to mark the 500th Anniversary of St John's College.

Most of rest of the Royal family were keeping under the radar, with Prince Andrew preparing for Friday at Royal Lodge in Windsor with daughters, Eugenie and Beatrice.

The Duchess of Cornwall is believed to be at Clarence House, while her husband, Prince Charles, is up in Scotland. He is opening the newly refurbished Dumfries House for the 2011 season in Ayrshire.

The Princess Royal is set to attend a Joint Services Dinner in London while the Earl of Wes*** has a series of engagements in Oxford.
An early morning rehearsal, timed to the minute, saw soldiers, sailors and airmen parade through the streets of London.
With a worldwide audience of billions, military leaders know the eyes of the world will be on them.

A music rehearsal is scheduled to be held today with clergy and broadcasters due to take part in a full dress rehearsal tomorrow at the abbey.

St James's Palace has confirmed that Prince William will spend the eve of his wedding having a private dinner with his family.
The second-in-line to the throne will enjoy his last night as a free man in the company of the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and best man Prince Harry.
By the time the royals sit down around the table this evening at Clarence House, their official London home, all the preparations should be in place for William's big day.
Charles and Camilla will miss a dinner being held for British and foreign royals at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hyde Park, central London, but will attend a drinks reception beforehand.
The private pre-wedding event will be a chance for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to catch up with their royal counterparts from overseas.
Those said to be attending include the Duke of York and his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Earl and Countess of Wes***, the Princess Royal and Zara Phillips and her fiancé England rugby star Mike Tindall.
A St James's Palace spokesman said: 'The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be having a private dinner with Prince William and Prince Harry on Thursday evening at Clarence House.

'As such, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be able to attend the drinks reception at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, but not the dinner.'
David Cameron sent his best wishes to Prince William and Kate Middleton today, telling MPs the 'whole world' was looking forward to the ceremony.
'People across the country and indeed across the world are getting excited about the events on Friday,' Mr Cameron said.
'I'm sure the whole House will want to join me in sending our best wishes to Prince William and Catherine Middleton ahead of their wedding this Friday and to wish them a long and happy life together.'
However, in a stark reminder of the scale of the security problems faced by the services, a bomb scare saw an area of Whitehall near to the Abbey cleared.


Prince Harry arrives at Clarence House in the back of a Range Rover with two protection officers







Taking no chances: The bomb squad search The Goring Hotel in preparation for the Middleton family's arrival








Taking stock: Vans laden with fine food arrive outside The Goring Hotel for Kate Middleton and her family









Radiant: The Queen arrives at St John's College Cambridge for a lunch and reception to mark its 500th Anniversary, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh


In addition, radical group Muslims against Crusades staged a protest against Prince William.

They held up 'wanted' posters proclaiming the second-in-line to the throne as a 'modern-day Nazi'.
However, the extremists who had threatened disruption at the Royal Wedding said today they have agreed to stay away amid fears they could be targeted by attacks.

Tornado GR4 aircraft take off from RAF Coningsby station in Lincolnshire for a fly-past rehearsal ahead of the big day



Military planes rehearse their fly-past for the Royal wedding





Lancaster crew cram into a gun turret before the wedding flypast rehearsal; and right, a workman cleans the fountains in the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace


Muslims Against Crusades announced they have abandoned protest plans as they were heckled by passers-by in an impromptu press conference outside Parliament.
Campaign spokesman Abu Abbas, 22, called on all Muslims to stay away on the big day.
'We believe the main issue is security for our people,' he said.
People walk through a security gate barrier on the pavement near Westminster Abbey in readiness for the Royal Wedding


A bomb scare near to the Abbey in Whitehall gave a stark reminder of the potential security risks surrounding the wedding


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