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Royal wedding parade route

Preparations are almost complete for the April 29 royal wedding between Prince William of Wales and his finance, Catherine Middleton. The ceremony will be held at Westminster Abbey and a reception follows at Buckingham Palace.

Police officer stands guard outside Westminster Abbey April 27, 2011
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The procession route will cover many historic London landmarks. It is estimated that over one billion people worldwide will watch the proceedings, with one-half to one million people expected to watch along the route. The event is such a sensation that the festivities will be broadcast outdoors in Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square via giant TV screens.

Following are highlights of the wedding procession route.

Westminster Abbey: Founded in the year 960, this is the official church of the royal family. It is home to paintings, stained glass, textiles and other artifacts. Click Here for the extensive list of people buried and commemorated in the Abbey. Noted among them are Chaucer, Charles Dickens, Mary Queen of Scots and Charles Darwin.

Parliament and Big Ben: The home of British politics, Parliament is massive. Click Here for interactive online tours of various areas of the grounds, including Big Ben. The landmark has been noted as the most reliable clock in the world. It is also one big clock – the hour hand is 9 feet long and the minute hand is 14 feet long.

Whitehall: The main road that runs from Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square.

Horse Guards Parade: The parade grounds where mounted cavalry regiments begin the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

The Mall: Trafalgar Square meets Buckingham Palace by way of the Admiralty Arch.

Buckingham Palace: The official home of British royalty since 1837. This is where the wedding reception will be held.

For more info:

Katie Couric will cover the event live on CBS Friday, April 29 from 5:00-9:00 a.m. New York time.

Click Here to purchase a copy of the Royal Heirloom Ring, the saphhire and diamond sparkler that was given to Princess Diana by Prince Charles, and is now worn by Kate Middleton.

Click Here to shop The Royal Collection at the Buckingham Palace gift shop.

Click Here for Official Royal Wedding Merchandise from the Buckingham Palace gift shop.

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