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“We’re royalists. We couldn’t come and do this when the kids were small, so we are doing it now,” she said. “Working for the royal bank, you kind of have to be a royalist.”

And for the uninitiated in all things London: The Mall isn’t pronounced the way many might think. Say the name Al, but put an M in front of it.


9:11 a.m.

ABBEY ARRIVALS: Chelsy Davy, Prince Harry’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, has arrived at Westminster Abbey. Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe also shows up.


8:57 a.m.

Just spotted on the TV coverage: a man in the crowd wearing tails and a formal plaid pants and vest. Are you wearing your plaid ensemble?


8:53 a.m.

AP’s Cassandra Vinograd _ CassVinograd on Twitter _ tweets from just outside Westminster Abbey: One downside of (hash tag)royalwedding mania? Getting around London! Tube packed with flag-waving, tiara-wearing folk.


8:47 a.m.

AP’s Caryn Rousseau in Chicago will be reporting Friday on royal wedding festivities in the U.S. Here’s some of what she says is planned:

_ Full English breakfasts and British-themed parties are planned all around the country.

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