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Prince William kept the world waiting on pins and needles for him to finally pop the question to his girlfriend of eight years, Kate Middleton. But now it seems the newly engaged couple is wasting no time in planning their royal wedding.
Yes, the happy couple has set a date: Friday, April 29, 2011! The British Monarchy's official Twitter announced the news Tuedsay morning and revealed that the nuptials will take place at Westminster Abbey. Middleton was seen visiting the Abbey (the site of Queen Elizabeth II's wedding in 1947) the day after William proposed.
People reports that the quick five-month engagement suits the pair, both 28, quite well. Sources tell the magazine that, in addition to having a short engagement, the longtime couple wants an intimate ceremony. While Palace officials announced that the Royal family would be paying for most everything, including the service itself, the British taxpayers would pay for the security. (Just think of all the paparazzi!)
But the people of England will get to enjoy the day as well, as Prime Minister David Cameron has already declared it a public holiday. It will be a festive few days for the U.K., as the wedding will fall on the feast day of St. Catherine of Sienna and just days before the May Day holiday.
Turns out, even with that busy schedule, it's better for them to get hitched sooner than later. In September, pre-engagement, it was noted by the U.K.'s Daily Mail that it would have been difficult for the pair to choose a date in 2012, due to the Jubilee and the London Olympics.
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