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Wedding the best of Britain - PM

The royal wedding represents "the best of Britain", David Cameron said as he spoke of his delight at Prince William's nuptials.

The Prime Minister, who recalled sleeping on the Mall ahead of the Prince of Wales' marriage to Diana, said the celebrations were also a time to celebrate the role of the British monarchy.

"It does mean quite a lot," he told Sky News.

"I slept on the Mall for Charles and Diana's wedding all those years ago and I suppose like many people my age have watched Prince William grow up and all the challenges he's had - obviously losing his mother, but now finding love and wanting to get married.

"Like anyone who's lived in Britain, you feel quite an attachment to this event and that's why I think the whole country's getting so excited about it."

But he said the celebrations were not simply about the "handsome prince and the beautiful princess", adding: "It's also about this incredible institution of the monarchy and the amazing public service that they have given over so many years and the extraordinary role that the Queen has played.

"I think people around the world will be watching this great historical moment and see the best of Britain and we do do these things very well."

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