It's here. Our first "wedding of the century." Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton become future-king and future-queen today at Westminster Abbey.
While Linda Holmes of Monkey See tweets and blogs from London, we're posting throughout the day — starting here with the pre-ceremony news and color. This post will refresh at least every five minutes:
Update at 3:10 a.m. ET. The Couple's New Titles:
More breaking news from the BBC: "Prince William has been given the title of the Duke of Cambridge by the Queen. His wife will be Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge."
Update at 3 a.m. ET. Rain May Hold Until After The Wedding:
Speaking of the weather, according to The Guardian, "forecasters predict lunchtime showers for the capital that could put a dampener on the royal wedding kiss — planned for the balcony of Buckingham Palace at 1:25 pm [8:25 a.m. ET]. But Tom Morgan, a weather forecaster at the Met Office, said there was no risk of showers before lunchtime."
So, that does indeed bode well for the planned open carriage ride for the couple from Westminster to Buckingham Palace after the ceremony.
Update at 2:50 a.m. ET. Thousands Lining The Route:
We're about three hours from Kate's arrival at Westminster Abbey and the start of the ceremony, but as you would expect "tens of thousands of people have lined the royal wedding route hours," The Associated Press reports, "with the crowd in a jovial mood despite steely gray skies over London. Many were wrapped in British flags and others painted their faces with the Union Jack. Thousands camped out overnight in front of Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace."
2:30 a.m. ET. An Open Carriage After All? We've got our first news "bulletin" of the day. According to the BBC, "Buckingham Palace has decided to brave the weather and is rolling out the open-topped 1902 State Landau carriage for the married couple's journey from the abbey."
As we reported Tuesday, there's a good chance of rain in London today (rain in London, imagine that?). And there was talk that the newlyweds wouldn't be able to take the open carriage from the abbey to Buckingham Palace after the ceremony — as William's parents did in 1981. But if the BBC's right, they may brave the elements no matter what.
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