Kate Middleton pays secret visit to Westminster Abbey
18 NOVEMBER 2010
With the nation still waiting to hear where and when the highly-anticipated royal wedding will be, Kate Middleton has been busy checking out her options.
The bride-to-be was spotted viewing Westminster Abbey on Wednesday night - leading to speculation the couple had chosen the historic church to tie knot.
Kate was accompanied by Prince William
's closest aides and her new security officers – who will now be a constant presence in her life as his fiancée.
The second-in-line could not attend, as he was on his way back to North Wales, where he is stationed with the RAF.
For the visit – which took place just before 7pm - she chose the same white coat she wore to witness Wills receive his RAF wings
two years ago (pictured below).
The Abbey closed early to accommodate her trip.
A St James's Palace spokesman said: "Miss Middleton paid a private visit to Westminster Abbey to consider the options and meet key staff there."
A senior royal source added: "Kate knows St Paul's fairly well but she wasn't familiar with Westminster Abbey. So she wanted to get a feel for the place. Now that she has, the two of them will make a final decision.
"They are very close to that already, but want to discuss it further with both their families."
In choosing Westminster Abbey for their nuptials, the couple would be following in the footsteps of many of William's relatives.
Both his grandmother and his great-grandmother were married at the famous abbey, which dates from the 10th century and seats up to 2,000 people.
of the Queen
- then a 21-year-old Princess - and Prince Philip
took place there on November 20, 1947.
Westminister Abbey is steeped in royal tradition, being the choice for coronations since 1066. Our own Queen Elizabeth II was herself invested there, in 1953.
For William, however, tying the knot at the Abbey would be particularly poignant. It was there he said his final farewell to his mother, at her September 1997 funeral.
Perhaps choosing the Abbey – which sits next to the houses of parliament – would be in keeping with his gesture of giving Kate Diana's ring
He did this to ensure his mother could share in the excitement.
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