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William-Kate wedding: The frenzy in PHOTOS

Last updated on: April 21, 2011 11:40 IST

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April 29 -- that's the date that people around the world are waiting for. The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will be the biggest royal occasion in 30 years in Britain.

Hectic preparations are on for next week's grandest royal wedding since William's parents Prince Charles -- the heir to Queen Elizabeth II -- married Princess Diana on June 21, 1981. A worldwide television audience of two billion people is set to watch the event live.

Around 1,900 guests, including foreign royals and celebrities, are heading to London for the service, while British police have launched a massive security operation to guard against the threat of terror attacks.

Let's take a look at the buzz in Britain. Click on NEXT for more PHOTOS...


Image: A Royal Wedding souvenir photo frame is displayed for sale in London
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Organist and Master of the Choristers James O'Donnell (Right) conducts The Choir of Westminster Abbey, who will sing at the royal wedding perform at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom.

The royal wedding between Prince William and Catherine Middleton will take place at Westminster Abbey 


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Herald Painter, Robert Parsons, sketches the new Coat of Arms for Catherine Middleton's family at the College of Arms in London on April 18, 2011 in London England.

Catherine Middleton will use this Coat of Arms until her April 29 wedding to Britain's Prince William, when it will be merged with his Coat of Arms.


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Buntings hang on Regent Street on April 20 in London


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Metropolitan Police officers carry out security checks on drains and lamp posts along the Mall ahead of the forthcoming wedding in London.

The police operation is already estimated to be costing around 20 million and the biggest concern is thought not to be from terrorist groups but from those obsessed with the British royal family.


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Runners dressed as Prince William and Kate Middleton depart Blackheath at the start of the 2011 Virgin Money London Marathon


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A cushion commemorating the engagement of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, which was presented to Prince William as a humorous gesture by his flying colleagues sits on a chair at Royal Air Force Valley Search and Rescue Headquarters on April 14 in Holyhead, United Kingdom


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Workers construct stands for the media on the Queen Victoria Memorial opposite Buckingham Palace in London. With only days until the wedding, preparations to facilitate the thousands of media expected to attend are underway. Large stands are taking shape at key vantage points on the route the royal couple will take


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Corporal Hamish Dean (Left) of the Royal Air Force Fanfare Trumpets, who will play in Westminster Abbey during the wedding, practices at RAF Northolt in Ruislip.

The eight performers who are part of the Central Band of the RAF -- the UK's premier military band -- will play a composition specially written for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton entitled 'Valiant and Brave'.


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A woman passes graffiti by British street artist Rich Simmons, depicting Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London


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A limited edition Princess Catherine Doll is pictured during its launch at Hamleys toy shop in London. The doll, made to resemble Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton, has been dressed and accessorised by seven award-winning British designers, with 1 from each purchase going to the Help For Heroes charity.


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Confectioner Florian Baecker prepares cakes for the wedding of Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton, at the bakery 'Cafe Victoria' (named after Britain's Queen Victoria) in Eberbach, 90 km south-west of Frankfurt, April 19.

The family of Baecker, running the cafe in the seventh generation, will deliver cakes for the royal wedding in London next week, after already delivering cakes for certain occasions as the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana or the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth.


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Carriage restorer Dave Evans cleans the Glass Coach at the Royal Mews in London.

The coach will be used to carry Prince William and Kate Middleton for their wedding day, should the weather prove to be inclement.  


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A Rolls-Royce state car is seen at the Royal Mews in London.

Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will travel in the car for the royal wedding.


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A five pound royal wedding commemorative coin, marking the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, is seen at the Royal Mint in Cardiff, Wales.


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A Lego model depicting an imaginary scene from the forthcoming royal wedding, in Windsor, England. The scene in the front of Buckingham Palace includes models of the wedded couple, Prince William and wife-to-be Kate Middleton.

Lego models of distinguished guests including the Beckhams, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney complete the scene.


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