<p><span></span>Only days before her wedding, <strong>Kate Middleton</strong> admitted that she was a bundle of nerves thinking about the big day. But as she and <strong>Prince William</strong> exchange vows at the altar of historic Westminster Abbey on April 29, their hearts and minds will be filled with thoughts of love, not trepidation about the fact that 1900 guests in the church--and an estimated two billion people around the world--will be watching the bride and groom say 'I do."</p>
The historical day will be groomed down to every last detail starting with the ceremony itself. The Dean of Westminster, John Hall, will welcome the bride, wearing a rumored ivory, satin and lace gown, and her beloved father Michael and lead them through the church around 11 am--per tradition, Kate is expected to be a few minutes late. Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England, will marry the couple and, according to author Nicholl "the vows will be traditional, the service will be traditional and the hymns will be traditional."
William's brother and best man, Harry, admitted that their mother would be on the boys' minds on April 29, as they stand in Westminster Abbey, where her funeral service was held back in 1997. "I hope she would be very, very proud that the big day has come upon him," the 26-year-old says. "We all thought it was never going to happen."
Following the traditional ceremony and horse-drawn procession to Buckingham Palace, the lavish reception will begin. The Queen's reception for 600 guests with champagne, canapés and cake cutting will be followed by a private dinner and dance hosted by the Prince of Wales, which will be just for the bride and groom's closest family. Breaking from tradition, William and Kate have arranged for a nightclub to be set up in the palace and organized a professional DJ and decks, a dance floor, lights and a cocktail bar. "They have always been determined to make this wedding their own and different and I think they have succeeded, says Nicholl, "It truly is a fairytale romance but with all the reality of real life."
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