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William later served a two-month deployment with the Royal Navy before training to become a Sea King search-and-rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force. He recently completed that training.

The pair have recently seen each other mostly on weekends, with William a frequent visitor to the Middleton family house in the affluent village of Bucklebury, 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of London.

Earlier this month, Middleton’s parents were invited to join members of the royal family for a shooting holiday at Balmoral, another milestone on her road to acceptance into the royal family’s inner circle.

Clarence House said after the wedding, the couple will live in north Wales, where William is based with the RAF.

Middleton has rarely, if ever, spoken about William in public. “I love the uniform. It’s so, so sexy,” _ her assessment at William’s graduation from Sandhurst _ was a rare slip.

The couple were to give their first joint interview later Tuesday.

Not everyone was happy about the expected extravaganza. Graham Smith of the anti-monarchy group Republic said a lavish state-funded wedding amid a time of cutbacks was inappropriate.

“They need to pay for this event entirely themselves and not try to use it as some sort of PR exercise for the monarchy,” Smith said.

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Associated Press writers Gregory Katz and Gillian Smith in London contributed to this report.