Empire State Building honors royal wedding

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The Empire State Building will be illuminated in blue, white and red late Friday in honor of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, management of the iconic skyscraper said Thursday.

The building's management, which famously refused to participate in the centennial of the birth of Mother Teresa last year, said the tower will be lit in the colors of the British flag.

"The Empire State Building celebrates many cultures and causes in the world community with iconic lightings," its website said.

The tower of the famous building changes colors each day for various causes. On Thursday night, the skyscraper was illuminated in red and white to raise awareness of the need for bone marrow donors.

"The Empire Building's tower lights recognize key milestones, events, charitable organizations, countries and holidays throughout the world, not political or religion related events," its site said.

The building's religious exceptions are lightings for Easter, Eid al-Fitr, Hanukah and Christmas.

But the building's management generally refuses to honor individuals, a policy that drew criticism when it declined to participate in the centenary celebration of the birth of the late Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping poor people in India.

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