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Royal wedding set for April 29 at Westminster Abbey

by Jorge Hernandez on November 23, 2010

Prince William and Kate Middleton have set the date for their wedding, which is now officially scheduled to take place on April 29 at Westminster Abbey.

The royal family announced the date Tuesday after a week of suspense over wedding details. Westminster Abbey was the choice venue for fans and media who had been speculating since the engagement, especially after Middleton was photographed leaving the thousand-year-old church last week, reports CNN.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced in a statement that the wedding day "will be a happy and momentous occasion" and one of "national celebration. A public holiday will ensure that the the most people possible will have a chance to celebrate on the day," he said.

Prince William's private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton said that "the couple were moved to choose the venue because of its staggering beauty, its 1,000 years of royal history and its relative intimacy despite its size."

CNN speculates that William and Kate may have chosen the venue to "avoid comparisons" to the wedding of Diana and Prince Charles, which took place at St. Paul's Cathedral. However, the date will put Prince William in the same boat as his father, who married the Duchess of Cornwall in April 2005, reports The Telegraph.

The royal family and the Middletons will be paying for the ceremony and the reception, while the government will be allotted associated costs such as transportation and security. Pinkerton said the couple wants the wedding to be a "classic British occasion" while being "mindful" of economic woes.

According to Verdict Research, the wedding may contribute 620 million pounds, or $1 billion, to the U.K. economy.

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