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Old 04-27-2011, 10:15 PM
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Chelsy Davy first off in the glamour stakes in turquoise off-the-shoulder suit as she joins guests at Westminster Abbey

Early bird: Chelsy Davy departs for the wedding wearing a blue Alberta Ferreti skirt and jacket with grey lace hat, one of two outfits she has planned for today

Parliament Square turned into a fashion parade this morning as the first of the Royal wedding guests arrive at Westminster Abbey.

Dozens of colourfully dressed invitees joined the queue at the North door of the Abbey clutching their much-coveted tickets.

Among the first to arrive was on-off girlfriend of Prince Harry, Chelsy Davy, who arrived at the Abbey wearing an aqua green Alberta Ferretti skirt and off-the-shoulder jacket with a bow at the back, one of two outfits she had made for her by the Italian design house for the day.
Her taupe lace hat was made for her by milliner Victoria Grant.

For the evening party, Miss Davy is said to have chosen an asymmetric midnight-blue satin gown.
She was closely followed by David and Victoria Beckham, he in a bespoke Ralph Lauren morning suit, she in a navy creation from her own collection, paired with a pillbox hat by Philip Treacy and Christian Louboutin shoes customised for her by the designer himself.

Wedding planners had managed to conjure up an ******** atmosphere within the immense Abbey, creating an extraordinary avenue of 20ft tall summer maple trees that contrasted with the austere slabs of stone and the incredible height of the building.

Stepping on to the 300ft-long red carpet running the length of the Abbey, the first of the 1,850 guests filed quietly into the majestic Abbey to take their place in the pews, a three hour wait ahead of them before the ceremony was to begin.

Amid the ever-growing crowd glimpses of vivid scarlet could be spotted as members of the Irish Guard, the regiment of which William is an honorary colonel, arrived wearing the red uniform which is said to be the one William has chosen to wear to say his vows.
The last time the Irish Royal Guards suit was worn was in 1973 by Captain Mark Philips for his wedding to Princess Anne.

Hats appeared to be big news at the Abbey, with almost every female guest wearing either a hat or fascinator.

Doubtlessly this was partly as a mark of religious respect for the venue, but also thanks to the fact that Britain has two world class milliners in Philip Treacy and Stephen Jones, both favourite of the royals and their guests.


Controversial: Sally Bercow, arriving at the Abbey with her husband John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, revealed her ample cleavage in a dangerously low-cut dress with above-the-knee skirt with split

Hats have enjoyed something of a revival in the fashion crowd of late, and with Victoria Beckham setting the standard in her chic navy pillbox and Chelsy in her subtle grey lace fascinator, we can expect a cornucopia of colourful headgear to follow.

Tara Palmer Tomkinson stunned onlookers with eye-catching blue outfit. Perhaps taking her lead from the Queen, who is known for her matching top-to-toe outfits, Ms Palmer Tomkinson wore an off-the-shoulder sheath dress with jaunty blue Philip Treacy hat decorated with a matching bloom, leather gloves and studded platform shoes, all in an identical shade.

Arriving at the same time, singer Joss Stone - a close friend of William - attended wearing an almost luminous coral sheath dress with matching cropped jacket, matching shoes and a broad-brimmed straw hat adorned with delicate flowers.

Colour-blocking: Tara Palmer Tomkinson was a vision in electric blue, with a Philip Treacy hat topping off a clinging sheath dress and studded platform shoes in the same colour; right, Joss Stone shines in vivid coral

Arriving on the PM's arm, Samantha Cameron hit the right note with her vivid emerald sheath dress with elaborate pleats, designed by British fashion house Burberry. The demure shoulders, high slash-cut neckline and on-the-knee length perfectly followed protocol for a guest at the royal nuptials, as well as SamCam's position as so-called First Lady of Britain.

The PM's wife accessorised with a contrasting bright orange scarf, statement necklace and nude shoes - but in a move some will no doubt deem controversial, the PM's wife left her head bare.

Chic: Samantha Cameron chose a vivid emerald sheath dress with elaborate pleats by British fashion house Burberry, with orange scarf, statement necklace and nude shoes - but the PM's wife left her head bare

Hat-free: PM David Cameron and wife Samantha, he in morning suit, she in a silk teal Burberry dress, accessorised with orange scarf and nude heels - noticeably lacking any form of headgear

Plunging: A blonde guest wears a daringly low-cut dress for the nuptials, perhaps revealing more than she'd planned to as she is captured by an unexpected overhead camera angle

Hats off: Fancy headgear was the name of the game for female guests at Westminster Abbey today, with pillbox, wide-brimmed beribboned styles and dramatic feathered fascinators making an appearance

Dizzy heights: Pregnant Victoria Beckham wore skysc****r 6in heels customised for her with a large platform by Christian Louboutin

Looking Posh: David Beckham in Ralph Lauren morning suit and Victoria in a navy design from her own AW11 collection with a Philip Treacy pillbox hat

Carole Middleton arrived at 10.30am sharp, wearing a simple elegant outfit in sky blue by Catherine Walker. The figure-skimming shift dress was paired with a longer dress coat embellished with beautiful detail on the cuffs, very structured with a nipped in waistline emphasising her slim figure. The quintessentially British label was a favourite of the late Princess of Wales.
Looking nervous as they entered the church, the mother-of-the bride stopped to shake hands with church dignitaries before beginning the long walk down the aisle.
Majestic: Scenes inside Westminster Abbey reveal 20ft trees reaching up to the high vaulted roof of the Abbey

Arrivals: Guests file into the Abbey, including a member of the Irish Royal Guards wearing the distinctive red uniform William is to wear to say his vows

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Pride of Britain! The two Princes don full military uniforms for the big day

Prince William will be married today in red - wearing the famous tunic of an Irish Guards officer rather than his RAF uniform.

He holds the honorary rank of Colonel of the Irish Guards and honoured the regiment by walking down the aisle with his bride in the dashing scarlet uniform.

He was also wearing his Garter sash and star, Royal Air Force 'wings', and Golden Jubilee medal.

It's here: Prince William, left, and his best man Prince Harry arrive at Westminster Abbey in full army dress

Prince William, dressed in red army tunic, arrives at Westminster Abbey

Pensive: Prince William appears nervous as he is transported in a Rolls Royce to the Abbey

The decision is unexpected as the prince is a Flight Lieutenant in the RAF working as a search and rescue helicopter pilot, and could have worn the uniform of the air force.

The last major royal wedding to feature a groom marrying in 'red' was Captain Mark Phillips, at the time an officer with the 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards who married the Princess Royal in 1973.

Captain Scarlet: The last major royal wedding to feature a groom marrying in 'red' was Captain Mark Phillips, an officer with the 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards who married the Princess Royal in 1973

Prince Harry is a newly promoted Captain in the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals and wears the uniform of his new rank.

William travelled to Westminster Abbey with his brother and best man wearing an Irish Guards mounted officer's uniform in guard of honour order with a forage cap.

The prince wore a gold and crimson sash, and gold sword slings - both worn in the presence of a member of the royal family - but he will not carry a sword.

The tunic, in Guards' Red, features the regiment's distinctive arrangement of ****ons in groups of four.

They feature the Harp of Ireland surmounted by the Crown Imperial and the arrangement of ****ons on the uniform denotes the Irish Guards' position in the Order of Battle as the fourth regiment out of the five Foot Guards regiments - Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish, Welsh.

The insignia of the Irish Guards on the forage cap is the eight-pointed Star of the Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick, and features the Regiment's motto Quis Separabit? - Who shall separate us?

The uniform was fitted by Kashket and Partners - military and civilian tailors who hold a royal warrant from the Queen.
HRH Prince William of Wales entrusted tailor Mr Russell Kashket to make uniforms, headwear and clothing to be worn by the Prince and members of his wedding party.

Mr Kashket said: 'We are greatly honoured to receive this order. We believe we are one of the finest tailors and hat-makers in the world, and this is the most momentous wedding the world has seen this decade.'
Harry wore a Blues and Royals' officer's uniform in dismounted review order, with a forage cap.

The prince wore aiguillettes, a cross belt and gold waist belt with sword slings, but no sword.

He is a trainee Apache helicopter pilot and will wear the 'wings' of the Army Air Corps and his Golden Jubilee and Afghanistan Campaign medals.


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The forage cap carries the badge of the Blues and Royals, which features the insignia of the Most Noble Order of the Garter with the Queen's cipher.

So this is what Harry will wear: The gold brocaded uniform of the Blues and Royals is held up by Major Nana Twumasi-Ankrah

The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of York, among other royals, wore full military ceremonial dress to the service at Westminster Abbey, Clarence House said.

Charles wore his most formal military uniform when his son ties the knot.

The Prince, who has held the title of Admiral of the Royal Navy since 2006, wore his blue Royal Navy number one ceremonial dress, a spokesman confirmed.

Prince Charles, who has held the title of Admiral of the Royal Navy since 2006, will wear his blue Royal Navy number one ceremonial dress

The uniform was embellished with a blue Order of the Garter sash, worn from his left shoulder to his right side.

He will also sport a number of military decorations and carry his Royal Naval sword.

To mark position in the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the Prince will also wear the Garter Star below a row of medals.

Charles automatically became a Knight of the Garter when he became Prince of Wales in 1958, but was not installed until June 1968, at Windsor Castle. The Most Noble Order of the Garter, founded by Edward III in 1348, is the senior British Order of Chivalry.

As well as the Garter Star, he will wear the Order of the Garter Thistle Star and the badge of the Order of the Bath, the Order of Merit.

The medals he will brandish include the Queen's Service Order (New Zealand) and the Coronation Medal - awarded in 1953 to commemorate the Queen's Coronation. He will also wear Silver and Gold Jubilee medals awarded for the Queen's time on the throne, a Canadian Forces Decoration and the New Zealand Commemorative Medal.

Other royals who will wear military dress include the Duke of Edinburgh, who will wear his Grenadier Guards uniform with a Garter sash. The uniform boasts a scarlet tunic with blue facings and dark blue trousers with a red stripe.

The Duke of York - Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy - will also sport a Garter sash, as will the Earl of Wes***, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent, who will all be wearing their military dress.

Prince Michael of Kent and the Princess Royal's husband Admiral Laurence will also wear ceremonial military dress.

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Hundreds of soldiers, sailors and airmen today had their last chance to practise for Friday's Royal Wedding in a dress rehearsal that started before dawn and continued into daybreak.
The full-scale walk-through was timed down to the last second - with military leaders well aware that the world will be expecting them to make sure everything goes smoothly on the big day.
So nothing was left to chance with the dry run which began at around 4.50am - after soldiers had gathered as early as 2am - and continued for hours.
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All the Queen's horses: Soldiers of the Household Cavalry cross Horse Guards Parade in London as they take part in the Royal Wedding dress rehearsal

Military precision: The full-scale walk-through was timed down to the last second early this morning

Here comes the bride? A carriage is escorted across Horse Guards Parade in a cloud of dust, accompanied by soldiers and mounted police

Meanwhile: Dressed in a demure cream suit, Kate drives from her family home in Bucklebury, West Berkshire, with a protection officer beside her

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All the participants wore uniform - but the cavalry were in olive green jackets instead of the red and silver they will wear on the big day - and the Rolls-Royce that will carry Kate and her father to Westminster Abbey was involved.

Forces left Westminster's Wellington Barracks shortly before 5am to begin their way along the route.


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Some of the soldiers, sailors and airmen practising their duties were Prince William's colleagues.
First to arrive at the abbey were two of the royal fleet of Rolls-Royces which pulled up at about 4.50am.

Kate Middleton drives away from her family home in Bucklebury with a protection officer beside her

Here comes the bride: The Royal Rolls-Royce that will carry Kate Middleton and her father is seen with police escort as it arrives at Westminster Abbey

Practise hard, marry easy: A carriage followed by a cavalry soldier leaves Westminster Abbey

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Shortly after 5am, the action began.
The sounds of orders being barked out emerged from the final stretch of the route running down from the Houses of Parliament to the abbey.
Several companies of the Royal Navy lined the end of the route, preceded by the Army lining Parliament Street.
Soldiers filed along the route up to the Cenotaph outside the entrance to Downing Street.
From there, the RAF lined the road up to Horse Guards Parade which the royal convoy will pass through on Friday.

Dawn patrol: Two mounted officers ride past sailors lining the route to Parliament Square

Members of the Royal Navy march towards Westminster Abbey (left), while a mounted officer waits outside Westminster Abbey

An RAF officer walking the line said to the troops: 'On the day, you'll have your heels on the white line (of the road markings),' making sure they knew to take an extra step back closer to the crowds.
When the couple leave the abbey as man and wife, two groups of 12 military personnel will line their route as they make their way to their horse-drawn coach. The tribute is traditionally performed at many military weddings.
Dozens of soldiers on horseback from the Household Cavalry made their way to Westminster Abbey via a different route from the wedding cars this morning.
The cavalry, who led the cars and carriages back to Buckingham Palace through the arch of Horse Guards Parade and along the Mall, performed a loop, parading down Buckingham Palace Road and along Victoria Street to get them to the Abbey.

Dedicated followers: Royal fans who are already camping out ahead of the wedding awoke to the spectacle

All present and correct: Sailors stand to attention as a mounted officer passes

As the horses walked through the parade ground at Horse Guards, clouds of dust kicked up covering the Welsh Guards, who were lining that part of the procession.
Organisers said the dry-run went without a hitch and forces personnel were slightly ahead of time.
The walk-through came after Westminster Abbey closed its doors to the public yesterday to prepare in earnest for the wedding.
The first of the floral decorations that will adorn the abbey began arriving last night including a 20ft-high English field maple.
The tree, which weighs more than half a ton and is 18 years old, will be part of an "avenue of trees" which will line the aisle leading to the altar.

Royal Navy sailors march from Westminster Abbey during the run-through

A sailor looks to the sky as he stands guard by Westminster Abbey, while a Naval officer waits outside earlier this morning

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.
At some stage, the prince and his fiancee will hold their own preparations with senior clergy at the abbey.

Kate Middleton drove from her family home in West Berkshire this morning dressed in a demure cream suit. It is likely she will only return to her parent's house as a married woman.

A Scots Guards officer checks his troops are immaculately turned out

RAF volunteers from stations across the UK, who will be acting as the lining party during the Royal Wedding, lay down their guns after practising drills (left). Up to a thousand members of the Army, Navy and RAF participated in the full-scale walk through

Meanwhile, detectives leading the security operation for the royal wedding have appealed for the public to be the 'eyes and ears' of the 5,000 officers tasked with maintaining law and order on the big day.
Scotland Yard's appeal to the hundreds of thousands of people expected in central London to celebrate came as officers revealed another protest group with Middle Eastern links has warned it plans disruptions at the royal wedding.
The Metropolitan Police is already negotiating with extremist campaign groups Muslims Against Crusades (MAC) and the English Defence League over proposed protests.

To the Palace: A sergeant major looks on as three mounted officers make their way towards Buckingham Palace

Eyes front: A soldier is instructed by a sergeant major outside Horse Guards

All their finery: On Friday the cavalry will don their ceremonial red jackets

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Last minute checks are performed on Typhoon aircrafts at RAF Coningsby Royal Air Force station in Lincolnshire before a fly-past rehearsal for the Royal Wedding

Two Typhoon aircraft take off during the flypast rehearsal today

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