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Fans, celebrities arriving for British royal wedding

04-29-2011 18:03 BJT Special Report:UK Royal Wedding - Prince William and Kate Middleton |

LONDON, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Britain's Prince William arrived at Westminster Abbey for his royal wedding Friday morning, as hundreds of thousands fans lined streets to witness this historic moment.

Earlier, world celebrities and politicians including Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and British Prime Minister David Cameron had taken their places inside the Abbey.

Other guests, the men in ties and tailcoats and women in dresses and hats from top designers, continue to arrive for the service, which will start at 11:00 local time (1000 GMT).

A total of 1,900 people have been invited into the Abbey to witness the ceremony.

The newlyweds, Prince William and Kate Middleton, will take open-topped carriages under the protection of Royal Horse Guards back to the Buckingham Palace after the ceremony, giving the crowds a chance to see them and celebrate their marriage.

The wedding is expected to be the most-watched ceremony in history, with potentially 2 billion watchers around the world. Thousands of international journalists are in London to report the event.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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