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Open-topped carriage so crowds can see newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton

04-29-2011 16:04 BJT Special Report:UK Royal Wedding - Prince William and Kate Middleton |

With showers forecast there had been fears the couple would use an enclosed carriage as they travelled down The Mall after the royal wedding ceremony.

But a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman confirmed this morning that Prince William and Miss Middleton would use the 1902 State Landau used by the Prince and Princess of Wales on their wedding day in 1981.

The decision will mean the tens of thousands of spectators who are expected to flock to the royal wedding procession route will get a good view of Prince William and Miss Middleton.

Prince William and Miss Middleton will be using the 1902 State Landau that
was used by the Prince and Princess of Wales on their wedding day in 1981
(Photo: AP)

The royal couple will be leaving the abbey at 12.15pm and the Landau will be part of a Captain's Escort mounted by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment with one squadron in front of the carriage and another behind.

Prince Harry, William's best man, and Pippa Middleton, the bride's sister and maid of honour, will follow in two separate Ascot Landau carriages, also open, with the young bridesmaids and page boys.

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

But the plans for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have changed and they will now travel in a closed carriage - the Scottish State Coach - instead of a Semi State Landau, said Buckingham Palace.

The palace spokeswoman stressed the decision was not weather-related: "We had the option to use the two different carriages and the decision was taken to use the Scottish State Coach for the Queen."

The other carriage in the monarch's procession, carrying the rest of the wedding party, will also now be closed.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, who will be joined by Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton, will travel in the Australian State Coach.

On a sunny July day nearly 30 years ago, the carriage took Charles and Diana from St Paul's Cathedral to Buckingham Palace.

Today Prince William and Miss Middleton will have a shorter journey of one-and-a-half miles from the abbey to the palace.

If it had been raining, they would have travelled in the majestic Glass Coach – the mode of transport used by Diana on her way to St Paul's for her wedding.

The State Landau is led by four horses and is accompanied by two horsemen and two footmen.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV.CN

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