- Associated Press - Friday, April 29, 2011

LONDON (AP) - As Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot, Associated Press journalists are hunting down the most interesting details, from Westminster to points around the globe. Here’s the latest on the big event.

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10:03 a.m.

The royal wedding is getting plenty of attention from nations that used to be part of the British Empire. Here are some highlights from AP journalists reporting from around the Commonwealth.

_ New Zealand: Kiwis are celebrating the fact that Kate Middleton’s father’s godmother comes from their country.

_ Hong Kong: A well-known wedding designer is welcoming the big day in Chinese-language TV commentary.

_ Australia: The wedding hoopla has raised the prickly issue of whether the country should dump the British monarch and become a republic.

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9:51 a.m.

ABBEY ARRIVALS: Elton John and David Furnish have arrived at Westminster Abbey for the royal wedding. So has former British Prime Minister John Major.

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9:42 a.m.

Crowds in London are cheering absolutely everyone who drives along the procession route, reports AP’s Rich Matthews, who is on the scene. Not long ago, a sanitation truck rolled by and the crowd went crazy with cheers and screams.

The driver played along, with a bit of a royal wave.

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