LONDON — The fairy-tale royal wedding is getting a modern update: Instead of the traditional horse-drawn carriage, Kate Middleton will travel to the church by car, palace officials announced on Wednesday.
Royal commentators said the decision for Middleton to arrive at the church by car, rather than by carriage, was an example of the families trying to keep costs down at a time when Britain is facing sharp cuts in public spending. The image of the princess-to-be arriving on four wheels will stand in stark contrast to the iconic images of Diana arriving at the church in a carriage.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at Westminster Abbey. After the wedding, the newlyweds will travel by carriage along a processional route to Buckingham Palace.
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Queen Elizabeth II will then host a reception for the couple at Buckingham Palace, with guests drawn from the wedding congregation.
Prince Charles will host a dinner and dancing for the couple and their close friends that night, royal officials said.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.