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Old 04-29-2011, 09:01 AM
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When to see that dress and where to watch that kiss: Your essential guide to the Royal Wedding

After six months of waiting since the announcement of their engagement, the day has finally come. And to make sure you won't miss a single moment of today's Royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, we've provided a handy guide.

For those planning to brave the crowds and watch the ceremony and carriage procession, our detailed map has everything you need. If you are watching events from home, you will find details below of who is on hand in the studios and the key times to watch.
Enjoy the festivities...

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Old 04-29-2011, 09:03 AM
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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

Scare: A bomb scare near to the Abbey in Whitehall

A worker cleans the Cenotaph along Whitehall during the run-up to the Royal Wedding; and right, television news crews report from a temporary stand in front of Buckingham Palace
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A right royal hat-trick: How William and Kate's wedding celebration will be the third of its kind for one street

Patriotic householders will notch up a hat-trick tomorrow as they plan to hold a street party in honour of Prince William's marriage to Kate Middleton.
The residents of Woodville Drive, Sale, held celebrations for the Queen's jubilee in 1977 and again in 1981 when Prince Charles married Princess Diana.
To help the party go with a bang will be some seasoned party-goers in the form of some of the people who were young children all those years ago.

Then...: People on Woodville Drive enjoy the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles with Princess Diana

...and now: On the same spot where the people on the street in Sale, Manchester, will enjoy Will and Kate's wedding

Organisers expect that in excess of 200 family and friends will show up for this Royal occasion.
The party, which will include a five-piece band and a table tennis tournament, has been in the planning for several months and was made possible after residents clubbed together at fundraiser.
Remembering previous street parties, nurse Kathy Hammond, 50, a mother of one, said the party had pulled the community together.


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'Some of the people who were children at the 1981 party are coming to this street party and those that were parents are now grandparents,' she said. 'There are around nine people that were children at the last street parties and they are now coming to this one as adults with their kids.
'My daughter Emma-Kate is helping out doing fake henna tattoos and hair-spraying, and one of the residents who was at the last party will be performing in his band. 'We're aiming for a traditional party with a modern twist. I can't wait.'

Seasoned partygoers: The 1981 children of Woodville who will take part in tomorrow's proceedings on Woodville Drive

Rob Brazendale remembers both the Queen's jubilee and Prince Charles' wedding to Princess Diana and his parents still live in the same house so he will be going along with them.

He said: 'The last two parties were many years ago and I was only young.
'At the silver jubilee I was seven and I can remember that we had bunting all over the street everywhere and all the houses were done up really colourfully.
'It's a cul-de-sac so it makes it a lot easier to manage. It's a T-shape road and we had tables set up in a row with tablecloths and decorations everywhere.
'We had a disco in some one's driveway where we had a record player and amps set up and the parents all chose the LPs to play.

Celebrations: Just like parties of yesteryear there will be trellis tables put out across the road to serve old and new residents

'It was a really nice day. We basically took over the street!
'I used to be a bit of a scallywag when I was a kid, always up to mischief..
'It brought the community spirit out which has gone a bit lately which is a sign of the times so it will be nice to bring that atmosphere back, even if is only for a day.
'The 1981 one was kind of the same affair again. I would've been 11. It was just really good fun and nice to see some of the new neighbours that had moved on to the street joining in with the party.
'I'm going to take lots of pictures at this one so that my children will be able to appreciate what we did and hopefully carry on the tradition in the future if we have another royal wedding.
'Maybe when Wills and Kate have their children and they get married. Any chance to have a party.'

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From commoner Kate to HRH: Palace announces Royal couple will become Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

  • Couple will travel from Abbey to the Palace in an open-topped carriage
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  • 5,000 royals enthusiasts camped out overnight at the Mall
  • Couple will stay dry as showers won't hit until the afternoon, say forecasters
Kate Middleton will leave behind her commoner roots to become Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge when she marries Prince William, Buckingham Palace announced today.

The royal couple will officially become the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after they have tied the knot. Prince William has also become the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.
David and Victoria Beckham, Guy Ritchie and Chelsy Davy were among the 1,900 guests making their way into Westminster Abbey this morning.

Showbiz royalty: David Beckham, wearing his OBE on his lapel, centre, and his wife Victoria arrive at the west door of Westminster Abbey as guests arrive for the 11am ceremony

The day is here: A military band perform as they march on the Mall this morning hours before William and Kate marry at Westminster Abbey

Here come the Middletons: Pippa, Kate and mother Carole smile to the crowds as they arrive at the Goring Hotel last night


The Queen has made William the Duke of Cambridge to mark his wedding day and Kate Middleton a Duchess, Buckingham Palace announced.

William also became the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus, which means Kate will become the Countess of Strathearn and Baroness Carrickfergus.

As well as a duchess, Miss Middleton is also technically Princess William of Wales.

According to protocol, she is not officially Princess Catherine as she was not born a princess in her own right.

Instead she adopts her husband's first name, in the same way as Princess Michael of Kent, who married the Queen's cousin Prince Michael of Kent.

All titles are in the gift of the Queen and it was up to the monarch to choose which one to bestow on her grandson and his new wife.

But William's thoughts will also have been taken into account by the royal matriarch in a private discussion between the Prince and his grandmother.

Tradition dictates that royal men receive a title on their wedding - and often more than one.

There were squeals of joy from the crowd when Beckham waved to the crowd as he arrived. He was wearing a Ralph Lauren morning suit with the OBE he received in 2003 pinned to the right lapel, with his hair slicked back.

His wife, who is pregnant with their fourth child, wore a dark blue dress she designed herself accessorised with a hat by celebrated milliner Philip Treacy.

William's close Eton friend Harry Meade was seen queuing to get into the abbey, as guests waited to take their seats.
On The Mall crowds waved flags and cheered when the Band of the Coldstream Guards marched down toward the Duke of York Steps.

Playing hits such as Barry Manilow's Copacabana, the 44-member band got spectators moving their feet.

The band was directed by Lieutenant Colonel Graham Jones alongside Drum Major Scott Fitzgerald. The historic band has been in existence for more than 200 years.

After William and Kate marry today, the pair will travel from Westminster Abbey to the Palace in an open-topped carriage despite forecasters saying earlier that there is a risk of rain.
The heavens are not expected to open until this afternoon - so William and Kate should stay dry as they arrive at the Palace.

The couple will pass the cheering crowds in The Mall after their wedding ceremony in a 1902 State Landau that was used by Charles and Diana 30 years ago.
Kate is scheduled to leave the Goring hotel at 10.51am this morning to make the short trip to the Palace.
At 8.45am four silver mini-coaches containing dozens of guests left the Goring at 8.45am to be taken to the wedding.

Bridesmaids Lady Louise Windsor, seven, and Margarita Armstrong-Jones, eight, arrived five minutes later, accompanied by pageboy Tom Pettifer, eight, who waved and smiled at the crowds.

Last night, 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 last night.


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5,000 people camped out along the Mall hoping to get a good sight of the couple when they pass in the open topped vehicle later this morning.
With showers forecast for the wedding day there had been fears an enclosed carriage would be used.
The decision means tens of thousands of spectators will get a good view of the couple. If it had been raining the couple would have travelled along the one-and-a-half mile route to the palace in a Glass Coach.
Prince Harry, William's best man, and Pippa Middleton, Kate's sister and maid of honour, will follow in two separate Ascot Landau carriages with the young bridesmaids and page boys.

Chelsy Davy arrives for the wedding, left, and right, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson seen leaving her London home

Final preparations: Police officers walk down The Mall this morning ahead of the wedding at Westminster Abbey

Early start: Spectators line the route the royal carriage will take from Westminster Abbey to the Palace later. There will be 1,900 guests at the ceremony

Here come the guests: The first of the 1,900 people with invitations to the service arrive. Tony Blair and Gordon Brown will not be there

The second procession will be the Sovereign's Escort mounted by four squadrons from the Household Cavalry.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will ride in a semi-state Landau as will Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, who will be joined by Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton.

The horses leading the coaches will be Cleveland Bays, the only British breed of carriage horse, but for the Queen and the newlyweds Windsor greys will be used - traditionally reserved for the monarch.
Last night a beaming Kate showed no sign of nerves ahead of her marriage today to Prince William.
And royal fans had an extra treat last night as her husband-to-be greeted well-wishers along The Mall.
Prince William, accompanied by his brother Harry, shook hands and chatted with the crowd near Clarence House.
Yesterday morning, 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 2 billion people round the globe.
Later on, the Duchess of Cornwall went out onto the Mall to meet well-wishers and those camping out ahead of todayís event during an impromptu walkabout.

Final preparations: Staff dress the balcony at Buckingham Palace from where Prince William and Kate Middleton will appear later

Westminster Abbey begins to fill up with guests more than two hours before William's bride arrives
First people arrive: The 1,900 wedding guests are arriving at Westminster Abbey ahead of the service scheduled for 11am


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.

When asked how she was feeling ahead of the big day, the duchess said: 'Weíre all ready for tomorrow - itís wonderful and all very exciting!
'Thereís a great atmosphere out here and itís so nice to meet people and see how the celebrations are getting underway.'
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.
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.
Normally it falls to the Archbishop of Canterbury to write the introductory message, but the couple broke with tradition.
A St James's Palace spokesman said: 'The couple felt that they wanted to put in a message from themselves.'
Following in the footsteps of Diana, Miss Middleton will not promise to 'obey' Prince William in her vows.
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.
Yesterday the Syrian ambassador was told he is no longer invited after the slaughterings following the uprisings.

David and Victoria Beckham talk to Guy Ritchie inside Westminster Abbey as they wait for William and Kate to arrive

Royal supporters: A U.S. fan from Houston, Texas poses with a replica of Kate's engagement ring, left. Right, a wellwisher from Bedfordshire who was lining the route to the Palace this morning

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

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During today's marriage ceremony there will be one Lesson, which the couple have asked Miss Middleton's younger brother James to read.
William's father the Prince of Wales his stepmother Camilla, Kate's parents Carole and Michael and her sister Pippa will all act as witnesses and sign the marriage registers during the ceremony.
After a lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace, the Queen will leave - 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.

Family arrive: Kate's uncle Gary Goldsmith leaves his west London home in a £280,000 Rolls Royce Phantom convertible, left, and Miss Middleton's brother James leaves the Goring hotel, right

Security operation: A man is restrained by police officers outside Westminster Abbey this morning as a huge ring of steel is thrown up around the capital

Waiting is over: Union Flags in The Mall this morning ready for the newly-married William and Kate to marry later

Tent city: 5,000 people slept on The Mall to guarantee the best spots along the wedding route, including this man curled up in his sleeping bag

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.

As final preparations get underway, rain had been threatening to put a dampener on the big day. However, by choosing the open carriage, William and Kate appear confident that the heavens won't open on them.
Alison Cobb, a meteorologist with Meteogroup, said yesterday 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.
Yesterday a new close-up shot of the couple was released with the pair wearing matching open-necked white shirts as they smile broadly, with Kate leaning towards William.

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Onlookers would be forgiven for thinking the Royal Wedding was being held two days early.
But the regal bride and groom posing for pictures were in fact taking part in a William & Kate lookalike contest.
Orsola Rossi and Simon Watkinson UK were flown to London for the competition final, organised by EasyJet.

And the winners are: Orsola Rossi from Italy and Simon Watkinson from the UK win the William & Kate look-a-likes competition

Hot competition: Ten couples took part to win one year's worth of flights with EasyJet

The pair - dead ringers for the future King and Queen - were the obvious winners and went home with one year's worth of flights with the budget airline.
Besides being a mirror image of the Royal love birds, they had to impress judges by waving like a Royal, acting out a romantic wedding proposal and throwing the bridal bouquet.
Simon Watkinson said: 'Iíve often been told that I look like Prince William, particularly since the Royal engagement was announced, but I canít believe that Iíve been crowned the winner.

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'Iím so excited to have won a yearís worth of free easyJet flights and to be in London for the big day.'
His partner was equally pleased.
Orsola Rossi, 30, from Milan, said: 'To be voted the best double to one of the most famous women in the world is very exciting.

This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and there isnít a better place to be to enjoy the celebrations.'

Standing tall: Hundreds of people from Europe entered the contest but only ten finalists were chosen

Royal wave: The panel judged William look-alikes on their waving abilities

The duo were among ten couples, from all over Europe, to take part.
The contestants were judged on resemblance, curtseying, throwing of bouquets, and proposal speeches.

The contest is just a small part of the Royal Wedding fever gripping the nation ahead of Friday's nuptials.

Swept off her feet: Orsola and Simon, from Italy, will stay in London to watch the real Royal Wedding celebrations

Simon and Orsola will stay in London to watch the real Royal wedding celebrations and take in the sights of the city with a friend courtesy of the low-cost airline.
Paul Moore, Communications Director at easyJet said: 'The competition has been fierce with hundreds applying to be crowned the best Will and Kate look-a-likes Europe has to offer.

'However, Simon and Orsola stood out as they bear such a striking resemblance to our future King & Queen.

'It has been great fun to fly look-a-likes from all over Europe to London to enjoy the wedding celebrations and crown our very own easyJet Royal couple.'

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