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Wedding Bells are Ringing!

The wedding of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton will take place at Westminster Abbey on Friday April 29, 2011. Prince William, 28, is the elder son of the Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II. He is second in the line of succession to the British throne. He met Catherine, 29, at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

The wedding ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in London, which is 6 a.m. EST. Television coverage in the U.S. will begin on the major networks at 4 a.m. EST. Around 1900 people have been invited to the service and the Prime Minister David Cameron has declared the day a public holiday.

More information about the royal family and about all the wedding preparations is available at these websites:

The Royal Wedding

The Official Website of the British Monarchy

Prince William and Prince Harry

Fans can use a variety of online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr to learn more about the royals' activities. These sites will provide ways for followers around the world to contribute by submitting congratulations videos and best wishes Tweets.

Here are some Library resources about William and Catherine and other British royal weddings:


Prince William by Sheila Wyborny

Prince William by Terri Dougherty and Denis Dougherty

Prince William: W.O.W., William of Wales by Elaine Landau

William and Harry by Katie Nicholl

Diana's Boys: William and Harry and the Mother They Loved by Christopher Andersen

Kate:  Kate Middleton: Princess in Waiting by Claudia Joseph

William and Kate: a Royal Love Story by Christopher Andersen

Behind palace doors: Marriage and Divorce in the House of Windsor by Nigel Dempster

Life: the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton: Expanded , Commemorative Edition by Life Magazine


The Windsors: Public television retrospective includes interviews and rare footage of four generations of the royal family.

The Queen: Academy Award winning account of Queen Elizabeth and Tony Blair after the death of Princess Diana. Stars Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen.

Monarchy: Royal Family at Work: BBC series follows the work of the queen through a full year, and includes the Prince of Wales, William, and Harry.

Concert for Diana: Concert put on by Princes William and Harry in 2007 to celebrate their mother's life on the anniversary of her death.

British Royal Weddings of the 20th Century: Collection of footage from British Pathe Archives includes 13 royal weddings of the 20th century.

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