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Countdown to royal wedding begins as live screenings announced

Published: Wednesday 20th of April 2011

The royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton is just over a week away (April 29th) and there are plenty of things to do in London for those of you heading to the capital to celebrate.

With the day of the nuptials a national bank holiday, many Britons will enjoy a four-day weekend, giving them plenty of time to take in London's top attractions.

One of the first things you might like to do on the day itself is view one of the two live screenings at Trafalgar Square or the royal Hyde Park.

Trafalgar Square will be open four hours ahead of the expected 11:00 BST start of the ceremony and is free to enter. But entry is strictly on a first-come-first-served basis, so you might be wise to get there bright and early to make sure you bag a spot.

Licensed bars and food and drink stands will be dotted around so you can celebrate the royal wedding in style. With the wedding route itself likely to be extremely busy, the mayor of London Boris Johnson's office points out that Trafalgar Square will allow you to enjoy a bird's-eye view of the procession.

Alternatively, you might like to watch the live screening at Hyde Park, another leading London attraction. Like the event at Trafalgar Square, the park will be open at 07:00 BST and the earlier you get there, the more likely you are to gain admission.

There will be three large screens at Hyde Park so you should not miss a thing, including what dress Ms Middleton decides upon, a topic that has been at the centre of the wedding discussions.

Why not take a ride on the Hyde Park Celebration Wheel as an extra-special treat for the big day?

The revelry is not just confined to the two live screenings - there will be plenty to see and do across the capital as the UK joins in to toast the happy couple and the long weekend.

Of course, you might prefer to brave the crowds and line yourself up along the royal wedding procession route. The bride will travel from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to the ceremony at Westminster Abbey and afterwards she will return to the palace with her husband in a grand carriage.

If you want to try and catch a glimpse of the newlyweds then the carriage will pass through Parliament Square, Whitehall, the Horse Guards Parade and The Mall.

Then, at approximately 13:30 BST, the Prince and his new wife will kiss for the world to see on the balcony of Buckingham Palace - surely a romantic moment for anyone in the capital for the event?

With tens of thousands of people expected to descend upon London for the royal wedding, you may want to ensure your accommodation and travel plans are in place now to avoid disappointment.

And with a four-day weekend, you might even decide to visit some of the biggest London attractions to make the most of your time away.

The Tower of London contains the impressive Crown Jewels, while another of the capital's palaces - Kensington - is currently hosting a special The Enchanted Palace exhibition where you can take a look at all the princesses who have lived there, including William's late mother Diana, the Princess of Wales. 

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