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Kate Middleton prepares to become 'Princess Catherine'

Tomorrow Kate Middleton will become a princess, her every move watched by two billion people.

But today, her last as a commoner, Kate showed no sign of nerves, smiling broadly as she ran through the meticulously-planned ceremony one more time.

Details of that ceremony were released along with a message from Prince William and his bride-to-be revealing they have been "incredibly moved" by the affection shown to them since their engagement. In the message, in their official wedding programme, the couple say they are touched by people's reactions as they prepare for "one of the happiest days of our lives".

Those preparations included a final pre-ceremony visit to Westminster Abbey for Kate, best man Prince Harry, bridesmaids and pageboys and members of the princess-in-waiting's family. All will play key roles in the wedding service, a traditional affair with a strong flavour of "Britishness".

William and Kate's message reads: "We are both so delighted that you are able to join us in celebrating what we hope will be one of the happiest days of our lives. The affection shown to us by so many people during our engagement has been incredibly moving, and has touched us both deeply."

The souvenir programme also reproduces the much-anticipated order of service, which includes famous classical favourites by Elgar, Britten and Vaughan Williams. Charles was instrumental in helping the couple choose the music, with Kate turning to him for advice.

A St James's Palace spokesman said: "She had a lot of input from the Prince of Wales. They spent a a lot of time listening to the music together on iPods."

While the final preparations were completed, the guest list for the event continued to generate controversy, with the Foreign Office announcing the last-minute withdrawal of the Syrian ambassador's invitation in the wake of a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in his country.

Further questions were also raised about why former Labour prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were not invited while Tory counterparts Sir John Major and Baroness Thatcher were. But Mr Blair said he did not mind, insisting it was "not a problem at all".

But political controversy was the last thing on the minds of the growing throng of well-wishers from across the UK and around the world who converged on central London ahead of the wedding.

In the calm of nearby Clarence House, 28-year-old William will enjoy his last hours as a single man with Charles, Camilla and Harry. A minute's drive away, Miss Middleton, 29, will be with her family at the exclusive Goring Hotel in Belgravia.

Princess Catherine?

Kate Middleton will automatically become Her Royal Highness, Princess William of Wales.

She does not automatically become Princess Catherine because she is not of royal blood.

However one would expect many to refer to her as 'Princess Catherine' in much the same way as Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales was best known as Princess Diana or 'Princess Di'.

Where does this leave 'Prince Philip' who renounced his Greek titles in order to take British citizenship and marry the future Queen - then Princess Elizabeth - in 1947?

He only became Prince Philip in February 1957 when the Queen "accorded him the style and title of a Prince of the United Kingdom".

That precedent suggests the Queen could, if she chose to, make Catherine Middleton a "Princess of the United Kingdom", in which case she would genuinely become "Princess Catherine".


Prince William has been made the Duke of Cambridge on his wedding day by his grandmother the Queen, Buckingham Palace announced.

The royal groom was given a dukedom - the highest rank in British peerage - to mark his marriage to Kate Middleton. Miss Middleton will now become Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge on her marriage at the much-anticipated ceremony in Westminster Abbey.

William also became the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus, which means Kate will become the Countess of Strathearn and Baroness Carrickfergus.

It is likely that in the eyes of the media and public, she could always be known as Princess Catherine or Princess Kate. READ MORE


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