Prince William, Kate Middleton Tie the Knot April 29

World | November 23, 2010, Tuesday // 15:03|  views

Britain's Prince William (R) and Kate Middleton (L) pictured during a photocall to mark their engagement in the State Rooms of St James's Palace in London. The royal wedding will be held on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Britain's Prince William will marry Kate Middleton on Friday, April 29, at Westminster Abbey in London, the royal family said Tuesday, ending a week of speculation about the date and venue.

"The royal family will pay for the wedding, following the precedence set by the marriages of the prince and princess of Wales in 1981 and Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947," Prince Charles' spokeswoman said in a statement.

The government will meet any wider transportation or security-related costs, Prime Minister David Cameron said.

The wedding day will be a national holiday, Cameron said, though Scottish lawmakers still must approve the measure because Scotland has its own devolved government.

"The wedding of Kate and William will be a happy and momentous occasion," Cameron said in a statement. "We want to mark the day as one of national celebration. A public holiday will ensure the most people possible will have a chance to celebrate on the day."

The choice of Westminster Abbey may indicate that William and Middleton are trying to avoid comparisons to the 1981 wedding of Diana and Prince Charles, held at St. Paul's Cathedral.

It's unclear whether the couple chose April 29 because it coincides with St. Catherine's Day on the Anglican calendar of saints. The palace has been referring to Middleton as "Catherine" instead of her usual "Kate."

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