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In Pictures: All the build up to the big day

Thousands of wedding watchers have descended on Windsor to catch a glimpse of the proceedings.

With the countdown to the royal wedding in its final hours, fans were out in force in Windsor to provide a colourful backdrop to Harry and Meghan’s special day.

Dressed in all manner of finery, wedding watchers took up their positions along the main routes to Windsor Castle.

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Head start: One fan dons interesting headgear for the wedding (Mike Egerton/PA)
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On parade: A marching band performs ahead of the wedding (John Sibley/PA)
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Keeping watch: Police scan the crowd on Castle Hill from a roof-top near Windsor Castle (Odd Andersen/PA)
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In the bag: Gift bags lined up for wedding guests (Toby Melville/PA)
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Grandstand view: Thousands line the route to Windsor Castle (David Mirzoeff/PA)
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Floral arch: Flowers and foliage surround the West Door of St George’s Chapel (Danny Lawson/PA)

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Flying the flag: a fan, flags in both hands, gets ready for the wedding (Aaron Chown/PA)
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Wedding belles: Brielle McCormick, 26 , a designer from New York, with a group of American royal fans on the Long Walk in Windsor (David Mirzoeff/PA)
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Seeing double: Fans sport Harry and Meghan masks (Mike Egerton/PA)
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Under cover: A royal fan shelters under a Union flag parasol on the Long Walk in Windsor (David Mirzoeff/PA)
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All together: Women sport Union flag hijabs to celebrate the day (Oli Scarff/PA)
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Organ display: Flowers adorn the front of the organ loft inside St George’s Chapel (Danny Lawson/PA)
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Waiting game: Spectators gather on the procession route ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (James Hardisty/PA)
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Reaching out: teenagers Kitty William and Annabelle West from Mayfair, London wait to cheer on the royal couple (James Hardisty/PA)
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Royal brides: Fans dress for the occasion in Windsor (David Mirzoeff/PA)
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Diana tribute: Adela Welch, 63 (left), and Leila Souza, 67, from Tampa, Florida, show their love for Diane, Princess of Wales (Henry Vaughan/PA)
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Crowd fever: Spectators arrive on the Long Walk in the Windsor (David Mirzoeff/PA)
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Royal train: Fans pour off trains at Windsor and Eton Riverside Station (James Hardisty/PA)
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Puppy love: A dog is dressed for the occasion too (Peter Summers/PA)
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40 winks: One eager fan snatches a nap before the proceedings get under way (Mike Egerton/PA)
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Waving the flag: royal fans take up their positions in Windsor (James Hardisty/PA)
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Dressed to impress: fans donned their wedding finery for the occasion (Mike Egerton/PA)
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Sniffer patrol: A police officer with a sniffer dog on patrol in Windsor (Peter Summers/PA)

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