The big day of the royal wedding has arrived as Kate Middleton and Prince William prepare to walk to the aisle. But of course, there was plenty happening just before the wedding. Spending the night at Clarence House, Princes William and Harry heard plenty of singing and revelry outside as tens of thousands camped outside Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. So the two young men decided to pay the crowd a visit in the pre-dawn hours. Once again showing that they are sons of Diana.
Another pre-royal-wedding tradition also took place as Queen Elizabeth bestowed new titles on the happy couple. Usually, the Queen or King only bestows one title each to both bride and groom. Kate Middleton will now be the Duchess of Cambridge, as Prince William becomes the Duke of Cambridge. In addition to that honor, William is also the Earl of Strathearn and the Baron of Carrickfergus. Kate, naturally, would then be the Countess of Strathearn and the Baroness of Carrickfergus.
For the first time in royal wedding history, the very first official ′best wishes′ greeting came from someplace other than Planet Earth. Yes, the astronauts on board the International Space Station were the very first people to issue a public statement in a televised event, wishing Kate and William happiness and joy.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, the Royal Household Cavalry began getting ready at about 4am. They will provide the official escort for both the Queen and her husband, as well as Kate and William following the wedding itself. The newlyweds will take the scenic route back to Buckingham Palace by horse-drawn carriage, a trip expected to take about 90 minutes. More than one million people will line the streets of London as another 2 billion watch on television.
Ay 8:30am, London Time, the official Cryer of London appeared outside Westminster Abbey in traditional Tudor costume to announce that the Abbey was now open. One thousand guests began filing in. The Princes are set to arrive about 15 minutes before the 11am start, about 5 minutes after their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Kate Middleton and her family will arrive about 5 minutes before 11am. The Royal Wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William is expected to be one of the most watched events in human history.