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Jennie Bond, one of Britain’s foremost experts on the royal family _ and a paid consultant for The Associated Press this wedding day _ said there was a hint that Prince William was going to be named the Duke of Cambridge.

The queen went to visit Cambridge the day before yesterday so a lot of people thought that was how it was going to be.”

Bond called the title “a personal gift from the queen, a mark of her esteem for her grandson.”

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8:37 a.m.

BREAKING: Royal wedding guests have begun entering Westminster Abbey.

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8:29 a.m.

It’s titles aplenty for Prince William. The queen has named him the Duke of Cambridge, the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.

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8:22 a.m.

Big news on wedding garb! Well, small news. It’s not about the dress.

Prince William will be wearing the scarlet tunic of an Irish Guards officer, AP’s Gregory Katz reported Friday. Royal experts are saying his choice of ceremonial military dress signals his desire to reinforce his image as a dedicated military man, rather than the club-hopping party boy he was once characterized as.

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