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Kate and William in final preparations with 100 days to go

19 JANUARY 2011

She's barely been seen since the engagement announcement was made, but that doesn't mean Kate Middleton has been leading a quiet life.

With 100 days to go before the eyes of the world are trained on Westminster Abbey and the ceremony making her and Prince William and man and wife, the royal fiancée is at the centre of a whirlwind of activity.

With so little time before their big day on April 29, the couple have many details still to organise – the best man, bridesmaids and the guest list. Most importantly for Kate there is the dress.

This may well be created by Princess Diana favourite Bruce Oldfield – although the identity of the designer will remain a secret until Kate glides up the aisle if courtiers have their way.

 

  

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Royal protocol dictates that no details about the gown are released until the bride appears.

On previous occasions information has leaked out – as it did when Elizabeth Emanuel was revealed to be the designer behind Diana's ivory creation.

But commentators say courtiers will have put in place elaborate security measures to prevent that from happening.

Nor has it been confirmed as yet what the Prince will wear. William, a search and rescue pilot, could wear a Royal Air Force uniform, or that of the Household Cavalry, in which he previously served as a lieutenant.

 

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Also to be revealed on the day is the title that the bride and groom will have following their marriage.

It has been made clear by royal insiders that Kate and William are making the key decisions themselves, travelling back and forth from their home in North Wales to London for meetings.

"There's a lot of planning to do but the main thing is that they are at the helm," a royal source said.

"They are calling the shots as they have done right from the beginning. The household is taking direction from them."

Whatever unfolds during the nuptials, the event has captured the public imagination to such an extent that flight bookings to London have jumped by as much as 40 percent for that week. Meanwhile, hotels along the procession route are already selling out of rooms.

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