Prince William, Middleton Set Wedding Date

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Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton will be married April 29 in the same church where Princess Diana's funeral took place, royal officials announced Tuesday.

The young couple chose 1,000-year-old West Westminster Abbey for its royal connections as it's the spot where British kings and queens are crowned and where 17 monarchs are buried.    

They also chose the church because they wanted a spring wedding and because April 29 is the feast day of Saint Catherine of Siena, whose name Middleton shares.

The cost of the wedding, reception, and honeymoon will be covered by the royal family.

"All parties involved in the wedding, not least Prince William and Miss Middleton, want to ensure that a balance is struck between an enjoyable day and the current economic situation," the prince's private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, said.

"We know that the world will be watching on the 29th of April, and the couple are very, very keen indeed that the spectacle should be a classic example of what Britain does best," he said.
"The couple are completely over the moon," Lowther-Pinkerton added. "They are on cloud nine."
The nuptials, which will come 30 years after the ill-fated union of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, will be designated a public holiday in England.

"The wedding of Kate and William will be a happy and momentous occasion. We want to mark the day as one of national celebration. A public holiday will ensure the most people possible will have a chance to celebrate on the day," Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement.

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