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Wedding crowds urged to dress up

Spectators heading to central London to watch the royal wedding unfold on giant screens are being encouraged to dress up for the occasion by wearing hats.

The screens in Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square will broadcast live all the highlights of the day, from the guests arriving at Westminster Abbey to Prince William and his new bride emerging on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

Organisers said they want those attending to feel like wedding guests. As well as the suggested dress code, they are also laying on wedding bands at both locations, and stalls selling champagne, Pimm's and wedding cake so that members of the public can toast the royal couple.

Children will be able to take part in hat-making workshops, with photo booths in place to record the moment for posterity.

The events are being jointly staged by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, London Mayor Boris Johnson and the Royal Parks. They are free and non-ticketed, with places allocated on a first-come, first-served basis once the sites open at 7am on Friday.

Mr Johnson said: "The royal wedding is a fantastic opportunity for Londoners and visitors to come together for a magnificent celebration, in Trafalgar Square, in Hyde Park, or at one of the many street parties taking place across the capital.

"Amidst the pageantry and tradition, the whole world will experience why London is the greatest city to live, work and visit."

Tourism Minister John Penrose said: "The royal wedding will put the UK in the international spotlight as never before. Billions all around the world are expected to watch it on TV with hundreds of thousands coming to London to be part of the celebration.

"These free events - each one taking place in London locations that are world-famous in themselves - will add enormously to the visitor experience."

About 20,000 people are expected to flock to Trafalgar Square and the immediate vicinity, while about 200,000 are anticipated in Hyde Park, where three screens will show all the action on the day.

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