Military in pre-dawn rehearsal for royal wedding

27th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Up to 1,000 members of the British military attended a pre-dawn rehearsal for the royal wedding early on Wednesday.

Members of the army, navy and Royal Air Force (RAF), all wearing full ceremonial uniform and many of them mounted, moved through London to Westminster Abbey where Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry on Friday.

Carriages and two royal cars also took part in the walk-through, which began at 4:30 am (0330 GMT) and lasted until about 7:00 am.

Soldiers lined the route to the war memorial outside the prime minister's office at Downing Street, and from there members of the RAF lined the road up to Horse Guards Parade, part of the route the newlyweds will travel.

An RAF officer walked the line, telling them: "On the day you'll have your heels on the white line (of the road markings)."

A musical rehearsal involving the orchestra, two choirs and two military fanfare teams who will play on the day, was expected to be held later Wednesday, with a run-through for the clergy and broadcasters due Thursday.

© 2011 AFP

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