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    Summon the cavalry and tune up the trumpets: From Buckingham Palace to the humblest souvenir shop, London is in a frenzy of preparations for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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    Summon the cavalry and tune up the trumpets: From Buckingham Palace to the humblest souvenir shop, London is in a frenzy of preparations for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

    Kate Middleton gestures to the crowds gathered outside the Goring Hotel in London, Thursday, April 28, ahead of her wedding to Britain's Prince William which will take place on Friday.

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    Page boy Tom Pettifer and bridesmaids Lady Louise Windsor and Margarita Armstrong-Jones attend a rehearsal for Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 28.

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    A temporary cover is erected outside the Goring Hotel in central London, where Kate Middleton will spend her last night as an unmarried woman, on Thursday, April 28.

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    Hotel staff help guests as they arrive at the Goring Hotel on April 28.

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    Workmen rake gravel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace on April 28.

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    A book-keeper from gambling company, Ladbrokes, displays gambling odds related to the royal wedding near Westminster Abbey, April 27.

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    A container of flowers are carried through Westminster Abbey on Wednesday, April 27 for arrangements that will decorate the venue for the ceremony.

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    An officer in the Guards makes checks during a military dress rehearsal for the royal wedding at Horse Guards Road on April 27 in London. With only two days to go, a full military rehearsal for Friday's event started at 2 a.m. with hundreds of police and soldiers taking part.

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    A soldier yawns during a rehearsal at dawn in London, April 27. Members of Britain's armed forces are preparing for their role in escorting Prince William and his soon-to-be bride Kate Middleton on their wedding day.

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    Members of Britain's Royal Navy take part in a dress rehearsal outside Westminster Abbey on April 27. Up to 1,000 members of the British military attended a pre-dawn rehearsal for the royal wedding.

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    Soldiers of the Household Cavalry escorting a carriage cross Horseguards as they take part in an overnight dress rehearsal for the royal wedding.

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    Conductor Christopher Warren-Green leads the London Chamber Orchestra during a rehearsal at St John's Church in London on Tuesday. The Orchestra will play during the wedding.

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    Workers carry an English field maple tree into Westminster Abbey Tuesday, April 26.

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    A Prince William lookalike is surrounded by tourists outside Buckingham Palace on April 26.

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    Royal fan John Loughrey becomes the first person to camp out on the streets to wait for the start of the royal wedding on Tuesday, April 26. Security checks and last-minute preparations are continuing around Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and on the route the couple will take.

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    Royal fan and knitter Gwen Murray from Norfolk, 76, becomes the second person to start to camp out on the streets in London on April 26 to wait for the start of the royal wedding.

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    Irish Guardsman Bortnill St'Ange is fitted with his ceremonial uniform by Master Tailor Lance Sergeant Matthew Else in the store room at Victoria Barracks on April 21, 2011, in Windsor. The Irish Guards returned from active duty in Afghanistan at the beginning of April, and are now preparing for ceremonial duties. Prince William is the Colonel of the Regiment and the Irish Guards will be on duty at the royal wedding.

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    Staff at Merrythought Teddy Bears start production of the Commemorative Royal Wedding Bear on April 5 in Ironbridge, England. Established in 1930, Merrythought has been hand-making Teddy Bears for over 80 years. The family-run company is the last remaining British teddy bear factory. Only 75 Commemorative Royal Wedding bears will be produced.

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    The Blues & Royals of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment ride along the Mall, backdropped by Buckingham Palace, in London on their way to Horse Guards Parade, on April 21. The Blues & Royals together with the Life Guards will form a Sovereign's Escort for Queen Elizabeth II and a Captain's Escort for the bride and groom from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace.

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    FLCoH, Farrier Lance Corporal of Horse, Chris McCabe fire welds a horse shoe in the forge at Hyde Park Barracks on April 15 in London. Members of the Household Cavalry gave a behind the scenes tour of many of the duties performed as part of their daily routine, including special preparation ahead of the wedding. The Household Cavalry will perform several ceremonial duties during the summer, including the royal wedding and the queen's birthday parade in June.

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    Soldiers of the Queen's Guard line up in Wellington Barracks before taking part in Changing the Guard outside Buckingham Palace on April 20. The military units involved in the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton are preparing their ceremonial duties ahead of the day.

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    Members of the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry, shown during a media event April 15, will be among those performing at Westminster Abbey on April 29, alongside the abbey's official choir, the Chapel Royal Choir and the London Chamber Orchestra.

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    Workers build stands for the media on the Queen Victoria Memorial across from Buckingham Palace on April 13 in London. The large stands are taking shape at key vantage points on the route the royal couple will take.

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    Members of Britain's Household Cavalry take part in the Silver Stick Review on April 14 in London's Hyde Park. Cavalry members, who are trained soldiers, protect the royal family and will be very visible on Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding day.

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    Members of the RAF Fanfare pose after rehearsing for the April 29 royal wedding, at RAF Northolt, west of London, on April 12. The trumpeters will be providing musical support during the wedding ceremony. They will be performing a composition written for the occasion by Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs, entitled "Valiant and Brave."

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    The royal couple will wed on April 29 at Westminster Abbey, followed by a reception at Buckingham Palace. From polishing the carriage to planning desserts, palace officials are getting ready for William and Kate’s nuptials and reception.

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    Jennifer Scott, Assistant Curator of Paintings, sits in the Picture Gallery, which will be used during the wedding reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton, at Buckingham Palace in London on March 25.

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    Royal footmen prepare a drinks table in the Blue Drawing Room, which will be used during the wedding reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton, at Buckingham Palace.

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    The State Dining Room, which will be used for the wedding reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton, is seen at Buckingham Palace.

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    Royal chef Mark Flanagan (left), Head of Kitchens at Buckingham Palace, watches as food is prepared in the kitchen on March 25, as preparations for the wedding are under way. Staff at Buckingham Palace have revealed preparations for Prince William's wedding next month, giving an insight into what guests can expect and the amount of work they have put in to make the event a success.

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    A chef of the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace holds a tray of canapes.

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    A man dressed in Union Jack flag colors stands outside a shop selling royal wedding souvenirs on March 31 in London.

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    Shaun Mason, Royal Demi Chef de Partie, places a handmade white chocolate onto a tray at Buckingham Palace.

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    Quail eggs in a gold and crystal glass serving dish are a typical royal reception food. Here, they're on display at Buckingham Palace.

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    Copper cooking pots still in use today, some dating back to King George IV, sit on racks in the kitchens at Buckingham Palace.

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    A platter of mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and horseradish cream canapes is seen at Buckingham Palace.

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    The royal crest is emblazoned on the uniform of a member of the kitchen staff at Buckingham Palace.

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    Trays of handmade sweets prepared by the royal chefs, akin to those which are usually served at receptions, are seen at Buckingham Palace.

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    Carriage restorer Dave Evans cleans the 1902 State Landau carriage at the Royal Mews in central London on March 21. The coach will be used to carry Prince William and Kate Middleton on their wedding day if the weather is good.

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    A Rolls-Royce state car is parked at the Royal Mews in London. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will travel in the car for the wedding.

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    A worker cleans a public fountain in front of Buckingham Palace in London on March 22.

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    A notice hangs on security fences that were set up to shut down a part of Green Park in front of Buckingham Palace in London on March 24. Tens of thousands of tourists are expected to visit London in the run up to the royal wedding.

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    A royal wedding team member works on a podium construction in front of Buckingham Palace on March 24.

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    The Duke of York column rises high in the background as municipal workers give a fresh lick of paint to flagpoles along The Mall leading to Buckingham Palace.

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