Key details emerge about William-Kate wedding

Britain's Prince William (R) and his fiancee

Britain's Prince William (R) and his fiancee Kate Middleton posing for photographers during a photocall to mark their engagement, in the State Rooms of St James's Palace, central London. (Credit: Getty Images)

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The bride will arrive by car and leave in a carriage, as befits a newly minted princess.

Those key details and others about the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton emerged Wednesday in advance of their April 29 wedding at Westminster Abbey, The Associated Press reports.

Prince Charles' representative broke weeks of silence with a statement that Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will marry the couple in an 11 a.m. ceremony that will include several other prominent clergy.

The wedding of William - a young Navy helicopter rescue pilot who is second in line for the throne - and Middleton, his girlfriend and confidante for nearly eight years, is expected to draw a gigantic global audience via television and the Internet.

The palace also lifted the secrecy surrounding the processional route the newlyweds will take from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace - information deemed vital to those hoping to get out early and catch a glimpse of the couple as they glide by in a horse-drawn carriage.

The parade route, likely to be thronged by well-wishers regardless of the weather, will take William and Middleton through the storied heart of ceremonial London, where so many joyous and solemn occasions have been marked.

Palace officials said Queen Elizabeth II, William's grandmother, would host a reception at Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony, with guests drawn from the wedding congregation.

The reception guest list has not been released, but palace officials said it will be drawn from members of the wedding congregation who make up both the couple's official and private lives.

The night of the wedding, Prince Charles is to host a dinner and dance at Buckingham Palace for family members and close friends of the newlyweds.

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