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With less than a week to go before the royal wedding, I'm in London for The Huffington Post where I'll be bringing you coverage from the heart of all the festivities. On the day of the wedding, I'll also be joining the BBC as a special royal commentator.

If the estimated figure of 2 billion viewers is correct, this will be the most-watched televised wedding in history and one heading straight for the record books. But here's what I'll be watching for:

The Dress
Now that I broke the news on April 16 that Sophie Cranston is believed to be the royal wedding dress designer, will Kate change the gown she'll be wearing on the big day? It's been reported that three dresses by three different designers had been commissioned in case the name of her choice is leaked.

Libélula

So far, every designer that has been tipped as the royal wedding dressmaker has denied his or her involvement. As expected, Cranston also issued a denial to the rumors that she has been chosen -- partly due to the unprecedented media attention she has now received, which must be quite overwhelming for a small designer. So no surprises there. What is a bit surprising is that for the first few days after the news came out, Cranston had maintained a "no comment" stance when asked, rather than denying it outright, which is what Sarah Burton and other rumored designers had done.

There are many who think that a denial doesn't necessarily mean that the designer is not making the dress. Both Sarah Burton and the CEO of Alexander McQueen have categorically denied that their fashion house has received the commission to make Catherine's wedding dress, yet that hasn't stopped the ongoing speculation that Burton is still a contender. Okay, so for some, Burton's denial doesn't rule her out, yet Cranston's denial indicates that she's no longer in the running?

In the meantime, it's interesting to see that Catherine has been photographed while out shopping earlier this week wearing a black Issa dress which features many of the same style details found in Sophie Cranston's dresses: flutter sleeves, a deep V-neckline, a figure-accentuating wrap dress. Coincidence or not, it's clear that the royal bride-to-be is a fan of both Issa and Libelula's style aesthetics.

Whatever happens, I can confirm that Catherine brought her own ideas, and definitely had input in collaborating with the designer on how her wedding dress will look. Like most 29-year-olds, Catherine has developed her own taste in fashion and knows what suits her. However, that's a far cry from saying she designed her entire gown herself, and then asked Cranston to make it -- as London's Daily Mail suggested in a follow-up story the day after my report. If Catherine really designed her own dress, then why would she even need to commission a designer? She could have just hired a good tailor.

As I've said before, I won't be the one to spoil the bride's big moment by revealing the exact design and specifics of her gown. Catherine has indicated that it's her biggest wish to keep that a secret and surprise Prince William. Since so many are interested in the dress, I will say that, in general, Catherine's embroidered gown with a train will be more classic and feminine than avant-garde -- so don't expect a "Lady Gaga" moment. As for those who sniff at the bride-to-be's conservative style saying she isn't a fashion risk-taker, I suppose they'll be happy if she arrives at Westminster Abbey in an egg, wearing a latex skirt and a feathered Mohawk headdress.

The Tiara
From what I was told, Catherine chose the tiara she will wear on her wedding day right after the engagement announcement, and before she decided on her dress. Usually, it's the other way around -- the dress is designed first and then the tiara is chosen, but not this time. There have been rumors that she now wants to wear flowers on her head instead. So unless she really has changed her mind regarding the tiara, I anticipate that we will see one of the more modest-sized tiaras from the royal vaults crowning her wedding outfit.

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The Glass Coach?
Well, that depends on whether it rains. I'm not the only person who would like to see the glass coach instead of the car on the day of the wedding. Somehow, there's just such a "fairy tale" element to it. How often does a commoner becomes a princess? If it does rain on April 29, the newlyweds will leave the Abbey in the enclosed glass coach. We only get to see a major royal wedding like this in Britain maybe once every 30 years, so if you're going to put on a spectacular show with all the pomp and pageantry for which the British monarchy is renowned, you might as well go all out. It's like saving your best china and dishes for a "special occasion." Well, this is it! At the moment, they are predicting sunny skies on the wedding day so it looks like it'll be the grand State Landau carriage that will take the newlyweds to Buckingham Palace after the ceremony.

The Bridal Party
Aside from Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton, the bridal party consists entirely of young children. There's four-year old Eliza Lopes (Camilla's granddaughter), spirited eight-year-old Margarita Armstrong-Jones (the Queen's great-niece) and three-year-old Grace van Cutsem (William's god-daughter) to name a few. Sure to be adorable but also a possibility of some naughty antics to amuse us. Who can forget four-year-old Prince William at Prince Andrew's wedding where he pulled faces, stuck his tongue out at a flower girl, and used the string on his hat to cover his eyes? Diana kept shooting him warning looks but ultimately had difficulty keeping a straight face.

The Guests
Prince William had apparently invited four of his exes to the wedding and Catherine two of hers so it might be interesting keeping an eye out for them -- wonder if there are any regrets in that group? Prince Harry's on-and-off girlfriend Chelsy Davy is expected to be at the wedding, and no doubt raise speculation if a permanent reconciliation is on the cards.

With only a sprinkling of celebrities, most notably Sir Elton John and the Beckhams, which includes a heavily-pregnant Victoria, there will be a lot more royals spotting instead. Some of the best-known and most stylish royal ladies expected at the Abbey include Queen Rania of Jordan, Letizia, the Princess of Asturias, Princess Maxima of the Netherlands and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden who got married in spectacular fashion last June. Prince Albert of Monaco will also be attending along with his fiancée Charlene Wittstock, and they will have their own wedding in July. Prince Albert's mother Princess Grace attended Diana's wedding in 1981, and sadly, Diana represented the British royal family at Grace's funeral just a year later.

The Bets
Betting topics at the bookies have ranged from the length of Catherine's train, to whether Prince Harry will forget the ring, to what color hat the Queen will wear to the wedding. Just for the heck of it, I'm going with a blue hat.

Of course, if we knew the answers to all these questions, what would the fun be? I agree with William and Catherine that some details should be kept a secret. There's just enough to whet the appetite, but not enough to spoil the crescendo of the big moment. Let the show begin!

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  • George

    I am having difficulty with all the media hype about this wedding. I am sure there must be much more important news out there somewhere. I can see where the people in England would be all excited as it does not take much to whip them into a frenzy being a country where the tabloids rule the day. Just think about how many poor and hungry people could be helped with all the money spent on this media event, Big deal in England? I guess so. In this country, not so much. Find some news worthy of attention as the wedding should only be a footnote somewhere on a back page.

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  • Frances Banks

    During these troubled times, I think that the world being able to see this wedding is good. Most of us need something good to think about rather than all the bad in the world. Wars, storms, and disasters have been the news for some time now, so this wedding is something we can all be happy about. I wish the couple all the happiness in the world and a blessed marriage.

  • fbanks3982

    It is true that there is a lot of money involved with this wedding, but what about all the organizations that are donated to for disaster help, some of the money they receive is used for the salaries of persons who so called donate their time. Why can't they do the volunteer work with out pay, so more of the money donated can go to the people who really need it? I agree they should be helped with their travel costs, but that is all!

  • B

    Oh lighten up George. You too RJ.

  • No1sname

    I'm waiting for Donald Trump to ask Kate to prove that she is a virgin so watch out Kate because Donald Trump will be asking you for a GYN chart!

  • Rebecca

    I guess you would rather hear about 2 teenage girls hanging themselves because they were bullied. Perhaps another natural disaster or a politition being shot would make you happy? Maybe Charlie Sheen's bull**** behavior could give you something to talk about.Oh, wait! lets not forget a transgender female beaten down buy two uneducated nasty black girls!..It's nice to see some good news for a change, get a grip! You don't like the hype from the Royal Wedding? Change the freakin channel!

  • Pamela

    George,

    I agree with you 1,000%.

  • RJ

    I agree with george. There are more important things going on in this country that need our attention.

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  • GENE

    WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL ANYWAY I READ THEY HAVE BEEN SHACKED UP FOR EIGHT YEARS.

  • Alan

    Hmmm. A royal wedding. Smashing, don't you think. Actually, I don't. I seem to recall that we fought a revolution some years ago to rid outselves of these folks. Two wars, actually. But here we are, drooling over the royal couple on whom tens of millions of will be lavished this week and countless millions more over the years. Do I wish them well? Sure. Do I care? No.

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  • Jim

    Right on Alan !!!

  • Art

    Most people spend at least part of their lives in La La Land, and this is just the ultimate expression of it. I get a laugh out of the people who say that the money spent here could be used for something more important--like feeding the poor, education, etc. The unvarnished truth is that the money wouldn't be spent on those things in any case.

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  • OOPS

    THIS IS A REPULSIVE DISPLAY OF WEALTH IN A TIME WHEN MOST OF THE WORLD IS GOING THROUGH HARD TIMES....I CAN ALMOST SEE WHY THE RICH WOULD FIND THIS JUST SOOOO WONDERFUL, BUT IF YOU ARE A WORKING PERSON AND FIND THIS HORROR SHOW THE LEAST BIT LIFE AFFIRMING, I WOULD SUGGEST YOU ARE A STARVING PERSON WHO FINDS SOMEONE ELSE HAVING A FULL MEAL, JUST A BEAUTIFUL THING.....

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  • bill

    KATE YOU ARE ONE HOT CHIC,CLASS ACT!!!

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  • Cate

    Personally, I dislike all of the dresses shown above. They look like "anybody's" wedding dresses. I may not have liked Diana's dress very much, but it was at least befitting of a princess. These others are not.

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  • r

    WHO CARE'S ABOUT THIS CRAP,,
    A LITTLE OVER 200 TEARS AGO
    ALOT OF PEOPLE DIED IN AMERICA SO WE DID NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT A KING OR WHAT HE THOUGHT OR WANTED

    I THINK ITS A WASTE OF T.V TIME AND IS JUST A BIG BALL OF HYPE,,
    KINDA LIKE THE CRAP WE GET FROM THE GOVERNMENT

    BULLSHIT AND HYPE


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  • krs

    Wondering why all those who've posted nasty comments bothered reading this article which clearly stated it's subject at the beginning. Some folk just need to spew their venom anywhere they get a chance.

  • Don

    ya I AGREE who really gives a shit about this wedding, Put it on Pay Per View no one really want to see this, Besides aren't the in the Military........that is not a 9 to 5 Job and he can't keep going home when he needs to see his sweetheart Our Boys can't they are there til the very END which is where Charles 2 boys should be, Be a Man and fight for your Country or get out, that is a Fulltime Job not a 9 to 5 thing, Frankly that pisses me off that they do what and when they want to, I Rest My Case

  • Mark

    Frances and Rebecca are right...a little good news in the world is a nice change...George needs to get a life. Let George live in his miserable existance. Let George live off of bad news, crime, corruption, the budget, child abuse, natural disasters and political crap....That's what George and a few other people want to hear about. I agree that there are important news stories out there, but it's the same crap every day... Maybe for 1 day the world could just watch something happy for a change.

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  • krs

    As for the tiara, only women who've married are supposed to wear them (sorry to break this to all those six-year old kids prancing around in their plastic headpieces). This would mean the bride shouldn't be wearing one to her wedding. Lord forbid such a gaffe should occur and upset the world's chi. Hopefully the dress will be something more stylish than the milkmaid outfit worn by Diana. And perhaps with some of that bullet-proofed material sewn in all the right places? Can't imagine what a nightmare this event will be for the security personnel.

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