Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Prince William, Kate at Westminster for rehearsal

Prince William and Kate Middleton took part in a final wedding rehearsal at Westminster Abbey.

St. James's Palace said that the couple, the bride's parents and Prince Harry were at the abbey with senior clergy for the private rehearsal.

Wednesday's rehearsal was the couple's last chance to run through the service before their wedding Friday.

British police said guests at the wedding will have to pass through security checks to enter the abbey.

Police would not say what methods will be used. Some 5,000 police will be deployed at the wedding and 60 people have been barred as part of their bail conditions from entering the area.

Metropolitan Police Commander Christine Jones said that there is no intelligence suggesting any new terrorist threats against the royal wedding. She said Internet chatter is being monitored and asks the public to be on alert for suspicious behaviour.

Jones said police will able to use special stop-and-search powers Friday while monitoring crowds along the parade route and at Buckingham Palace.

Earlier Wednesday, hundreds of troops paraded through the empty streets of London in a dawn rehearsal for their ceremonial role during the Royal Wedding.

The walkthrough saw army, navy and air force personnel in full uniform lining the route Prince William and Kate Middleton will follow between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

Mounted troops of the Household Cavalry escorted a horse-drawn carriage.

Starting at about 5 a.m. local time, the troops practised and timed their roles to the second for Friday's celebrations — but without the crowds expected on the day.

Organizers said the dress rehearsal went without a hitch.

The venerable abbey will be closed to visitors Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for the wedding.


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