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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/23/2010

Westminster Abbey strained over royal wedding?

By Autumn Brewington

Westminster Abbey (Getty)

Already, much has been said about the still-unknown cost of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding and who's paying for what. The Middleton family has pledged to contribute, and the royal family has promised to carry on its tradition of footing the bill for the ceremony. (This isn't a sweeping gesture; the lion's share of the expenses will relate to security and fall to British taxpayers.)

This morning, we're intrigued -- and frustrated -- by this Daily Mail article suggesting that the April 29 wedding will be a strain on Westminster Abbey:

"It is estimated that hosting Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day will cost the 1,000-year-old Abbey up to £2million.

"Much of this will be down to lost revenue as the building and its precincts will be closed to the public for a week to prepare for the event, move in television cameras and create a 'sterile' security zone."

The article quotes an unnamed "senior official involved in the planning process" as saying the payment offered to the Abbey "is a gesture -- a token fee -- and nothing more."

Sounds ominous, right? Then the article says:

"An Abbey spokesman confirmed that it would be shut to the public for several days but denied it would suffer financial hardship.

"'The Royal Family will be contributing financially but the wedding is four months away and we cannot discuss details,' he said. 'It is true that it will be shut for several days, primarily to move in the television cameras, but it is a logistical thing. ... The wedding is a routine event for us and will not be a financial strain.'"

We like a good royal story as much as the next reader. We don't like articles that seem to raise an issue only to debunk it.

By Autumn Brewington  | December 23, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Ceremony  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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