"The royal family will pay for the wedding, following the precedence set by the marriages of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981 and Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947," Prince Charles' spokeswoman said in a statement.
Kate Middleton was spotted last week leaving Westminster Abbey with palace aides, fueling speculation that the wedding of the century would be held at the thousand-year-old abbey.
Westminster Abbey is the location of British coronations as well as state funerals (Princess Diana's state funeral in 1997) and the weddings of many monarchs including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1947.
London's top wedding planner Mark Niemierko said, "For London and the whole of the UK there's not a more grand ceremony venue than Westminster Abbey. Brides can only dream of having their fairytale wedding at such a prestigious venue. So it's a no brainer that Prince William and Kate Middleton have chosen the Abbey. It's also naturally got sentimental appeal in that both his Grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and Great-Grandmother (the Queen Mother) were married there."
"Logistically it is also close to Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and so forth. So a procession will be easier for the Government and the Palace to organize."
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