Royal Baby Watch

Prince William, Kate to Ride in Carriage Post-Wedding, Just Like Diana

Celebrity Moms Jan. 5, 2011 AT 8:54AM
Prince William, Kate to Ride in Carriage Post-Wedding, Just Like Diana Credit: Photo by Mario Testino/Clarence House Press Office via Getty Images

Less than four months until Prince William and Kate Middleton's April 29 wedding -- and royal planning continues apace!

On Wednesday, the Palace released brand-new details on the couple's hugely anticipated nuptials.

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According to a press release, Middleton, 28, will travel to Westminster Abbey via car in a procession that will include London's Mall, Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and Parliament Square.

The service itself will begin at 11 a.m. with three different clergymen taking part in the ceremony: the Dean of Westminster will conduct the service, the Archbishop of Canterbury will preside over the vows, and the Bishop of London will give the address.

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After the wedding, William, 28, and his bride will return to Buckingham Palace via horse-drawn carriage on a Processional Route. Similarly, back in July 1981, Prince William's parents Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana departed St. Paul's Cathedral after tying the knot in a regal carriage pulled by two horses, bound for Buckingham Palace. (Unlike Middleton, however, bride-to-be Diana, then 20, also arrived at the church in a glass, horse-drawn coach rather than a car.)

Back at the Palace, Queen Elizabeth will host a reception for the newly-married couple and "guests drawn from the congregation representing the couple's official and private lives."

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After that, Prince Charles will give a private evening dinner -- plus dancing! -- at Buckingham Palace for his son, daughter-in-law and close family and friends.

More details will be released at a later date, the Palace noted.

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