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Kate to spend last night as commoner in luxury hotel

Royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton will spend her last night as a commoner in a five-star hotel next door to Buckingham Palace, officials confirmed on Friday.
/ Source: Reuters

Royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton will spend her last night as a commoner in a five-star hotel next door to Buckingham Palace, officials confirmed on Friday.

Middleton's close family including her mother Carole and sister Pippa, her maid of honor, will also stay at the luxury family-owned Goring hotel in central London the night before the April 29th wedding.

She will stay in the hotel's most opulent suite, which opened in 1910, the Sun newspaper reported, adding that the Goring had recently spent 150,000 pounds, or about $245,400, giving the top-floor apartment a makeover ahead of her stay.

The paper said the accommodation included a four-poster bed, an original "venerable" toilet made by 19th Century plumber Thomas Crapper, and antique gown, thought to be a prototype of the one worn by Queen Victoria on her wedding day.

It also features a waterproof TV in the bathroom and there is a painting depicting the TV character "Blackadder" kissing the hand of Queen Elizabeth I.

William's office also revealed further details of the ceremony itself.

Guests will begin arriving at the Great North Door of Westminster Abbey from 8:15 a.m., with dignitaries due to arrive shortly before 10 a.m.

William himself and his younger brother Harry, his best man, will leave Clarence House, the official residence of his father Prince Charles, at 10:10 a.m. and will arrive at the Abbey five minutes later.

Queen Elizabeth will be the last to leave Buckingham Palace with husband Prince Philip at 10:40 a.m., with Middleton and her father due to leave the Goring at the precise time of 10:48 a.m. All the royals and Middleton will be traveling in state cars.

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The service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and will be relayed to well-wishers along the ceremonial route by audio speakers.

The newlyweds will head a procession of carriages back to Buckingham Palace at 12:15 p.m. and then will appear with the queen, royals and other family members on the palace's balcony at 1:25 p.m. when there will be a fly past by current and former Royal Air Force planes.