Royal Wedding: The newly-weds' procession route through historic London
Not since the 1981 nuptials of Prince Charles and Diana
has there been such wedding excitement in Britain. And a crowd of over one million is expected to gather along the procession route on April 29.
Being driven in a Rolls Royce Phantom VI
to Westminster Abbey, Kate
will greet the cheering crowds lining the Mall, Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and Parliament Square.
Shortly after Big Ben tolls 11, William
– dressed in his military finest - will get his first glimpse of his bride in her wedding dress
as she begins her momentous walk down the aisle.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds will travel by carriage back to Buckingham Palace, where the Queen
is holding a reception for guests drawn from the couple’s official and private lives.
The route travels past the city's most recognisable landmarks
Westminster Abbey is steeped in more than a thousand years of history. It has been the coronation church since 1066 and it is the final resting place of 17 monarchs
One of the most iconic buildings in the world, the House of Parliament was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1834
The Horse Guard Parade is the site of the annual Trooping of the Colour celebration which commemorates the monarch's official birthday
A wide tree-lined road, The Mall runs from Buckingham Palace to Admiralty Arch
Built between 1531 and 1536, St. James' Palace was the home of the kings and queens of England for over 300 years. Since the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837 however, the monarchs have actually lived just down the mall at Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace serves as both the royal home as well as the administrative headquarters of the monarch
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