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Floppy, feathered, flouncy and expensive _ hats were in full force Friday with guests lining up outside of Westminster Abbey for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.

Some looked like dinner plates. Others were so large they covered faces. One woman wore a bright red fascinator that resembled a flame licking her cheek.

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9:27 a.m.

ABBEY ARRIVALS: Soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria _ aka Posh Spice _ arrive for royal wedding.

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9:23 a.m.

AP’s Rich Matthews has spotted a hint of American-style royalty in London: paper crowns, being handed out by Burger King. A Whopper, your majesty?

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9:19 a.m.

We know about kings and queens, princes and princesses. But a lot of royal titles have been bandied about today. Which one’s more important than which?

Here’s a rundown of some of the other key titles, from the highest level of seniority to the lowest: duke, marquess, earl, viscount, baron.

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9:14 a.m.

Along the wedding procession route on the Mall, AP’s Fergus Bell talked to Alison Burtt, who used to work for Coutts Bank _ and who says she opened a 16-year-old Princess Diana’s first bank account.

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