LONDON - Kate Middleton left a London hotel on Friday for Westminster Abbey, where she will marry Prince William in a royal occasion of dazzling pomp and pageantry that has attracted a huge global audience.
Middleton, the first "commoner" to marry a prince in close proximity to the throne in over 350 years, is seen as the new, modern face of the British monarchy, which is enjoying a surge in popularity on the back of the big occasion.
After weeks of fevered speculation in the fashion press, details of her wedding dress were revealed as she stepped into a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI limousine for the abbey to marry and become Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Bells pealed loudly and trumpets blared as 1,900 guests poured into the historic abbey, coronation site for the monarchy since William the Conqueror was crowned in 1066.
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