Royal wedding: Prince William, Kate Middleton reveal modern details

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For Prince William and Kate Middleton, grand tradition will meet their modern lives during the royal wedding, if just-released details are any indication.

For starters -- Kate will arrive at Westminster Abbey by car, not in the glass coach that was used by William’s late mother, Princess Diana. That’s according to a statement about the April 29 nuptials released Wednesday by a rep for papa Prince Charles, first in line for the throne.

‘Obviously that was decided against,’ said Majesty magazine editor Joe Little, who was surprised by the choice, given precedents set by Diana and Sarah Ferguson. ‘We don’t know why, it might have been seen as ostentatious.’

Middleton will use the coach for her parade with William from Westminster Abbey, at which point she’ll be a princess, to Buckingham Palace for an intimate lunch reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, the grandmother of the groom.

The ceremony is set to start at 11 a.m., with the Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev. John Hall, conducting the service and the Bishop of London, the Right Rev. Richard Chartres, giving the address.

There will be no queen’s ball in advance of the wedding; Charles will invite guests from the happy couple’s ‘personal and official’ lives for a gala dinner and dancing that night.

Other delicious details -- such as the designer of Middleton’s dress, the music and which celebs might be on the guest list -- are still under wraps.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.