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William, Kate marriage to make royal history

April 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two weeks and counting to the wedding of the century.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will make history when they walk down the aisle of Westminster Abbey on April 29.

"We are hugely excited and we are looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together and seeing what the future holds," the prince said.

This is a marriage unlike any other in the British monarchy's history.

For starters, Kate is not a blueblood. Her family is firmly middle class.

"This is a real first for the royal family to welcome in a girl in who's a genuine commoner," said Robert Lacey, a royal historian.

She met her prince during their freshman year at Scotland's University of St. Andrews.

They began dating soon thereafter, even living together, which is a first for any British heir to the throne.

Prince Charles and Diana's courtship lasted less than a year. In fact, Diana had only actually gone out with Charles a few times.

She was deemed suitable by Buckingham Palace thanks in large part to her royal lineage and her presumed status as a virgin.

William and Kate's wedding itself will break with tradition. The couple has asked that people donate to their charities of choice in lieu of gifts.

The guest list will feature several neighbors and friends from Kate's hometown and veterans of the British military.

After the honeymoon, they'll settle into a farmhouse in remote Northern Wales where the prince is based for the next three years while he flies as a search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force.

They have invited the entire unit, 27 members, to the wedding.

The couple will also do their own cooking and cleaning.

Will and Kate reportedly do not plan to have any servants at their home, unlike Charles, who employs a staff of 149.

"I think my cooking is getting better," William said.

And while that may not sound like a typical fairytale ending, it may be the ending that is most likely to lead to living happily ever after.

ABC's "Good Morning America" will be in London on Friday, April 29 for live coverage of the royal wedding beginning at 1 a.m.

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