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Two billion will watch William marry his middle-class girl and make her a princess

04-29-2011 15:47 BJT Special Report:UK Royal Wedding - Prince William and Kate Middleton |

After eight long and sometimes lonely years of waiting, Kate Middleton will today marry Prince William.

At 11am, the middle-class graduate – who, so legend has it, used to lie in her dormitory bed gazing at a picture of her husband-to-be – will enter Westminster Abbey as a commoner and an hour later walk out as the future Queen Catherine.

Relaxed: The newly released photo of the couple was taken by Mario Testino - a
friend of William's mother, princess Diana

Last night Kate was positively glowing as she arrived at the central London hotel where she was to spend her final night as a single woman.

With her mother, Carole, and younger sister, Pippa, she paused for several minutes and waved to the delighted well-wishers who had gathered outside.

Wearing a cream jacket on which the hem had given way and a pair of wedge heels, she grinned with uncontained delight.

Centre of attention: Kate plays with her hair as she surveys the incredible scenes before her and, right, she arrives at the Goring Hotel

Later Prince William went for a walkabout on the Mall to meet the crowds preparing to spend the night there.

Camera phones flashed and cheers rang out as the casually-dressed second in line to the throne and his best man, Prince Harry, made their brief visit at 8.30pm.

Today's chapter in the couple's romance – punctuated, like many relationships, with tearful break-ups and emotional reunions – will be watched by an estimated worldwide audience of two billion.

More than half a million will line London's streets as part of a joyful celebration similar to the outbreak of optimism 30 years ago when William's parents, Charles and Diana, married at St Paul's Cathedral.

The only fly in the ointment could be the weather.

Forecasters admitted that a burst of April showers was a distinct possibility.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV.CN

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