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Posted at 6:51 AM ET, 01/ 5/2011

No carriage for Kate, and other wedding details

By Autumn Brewington

Prince William's mother and father ride in a carriage from St. Paul's Cathedral to Buckingham Palace on their 1981 wedding day. (AP)

What's most interesting about the details the palace has just announced (via Twitter) about the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton -- confirmed: the archbishop of Canterbury will officiate; the couple will ride in a carriage past London landmarks after the ceremony; they are expected to make a brief balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace before a reception hosted by the queen -- are two these two lines:

"Miss Middleton will travel to Westminster Abbey by car." So, Kate will not arrive at Westminster Abbey in the glass coach used by the queen (then Princess Elizabeth), William's mother (then Lady Diana Spencer) or other royal brides.

and

"The Prince of Wales will host a private dinner, followed by dancing, at Buckingham Palace in the evening, for close friends and family." This is a big surprise, because most royal couples leave the day of the ceremony for their honeymoon (see below). How long William and Kate will stay in London after the wedding, or where they will honeymoon, isn't clear.

By Autumn Brewington  | January 5, 2011; 6:51 AM ET
Categories:  Ceremony, Kate Middleton, Media coverage, Prince William  
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