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Catching A Glimpse On The Royal Wedding Day

Should you so regret that we don't have a royal family of our own, you might consider crossing the pond this spring for the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. If so, you will indeed have a few options for enjoying the festivities.

Though you can forget a ticket into Westminster Abbey for the wedding or Buckingham Palace for the reception, you will be able to see the procession on the route from the royal palace to the church and back.

There also usually is a decent chance of seeing the bride and groom during the reception from a palace balcony if you're in the mood to camp patiently.

Should none of that be your style, there will be other ways to soak up royal fever.

Hotels, restaurants and tour companies across London are ramping up promotions and plans that tie in to the wedding.

"If anyone knows how to put on a great show, it's the Brits with this kind of thing," said Meredith Pearson, spokeswoman for Visit Britain, the national tourist board for the United Kingdom. "It was the case 30 years ago, when Prince Charles and Princess Diana got married, and this year we're expecting an even bigger experience."

Most pubs and restaurants will likely show the event on TV, and "we imagine a lot of parties breaking out," Pearson said.

More elaborate events also are being planned to tie in with the wedding, but with almost three months to go, keep scouring the Internet for developments.

The hotel One Aldwych, for example, is assembling a package that will provide guests with picnic lunches to take to the wedding route. It also will introduce "Will and Kate" cocktails in the lobby bar and serve a menu inspired by previous royal weddings at its restaurant, Axis.

Visitors are advised to book their plans early.

Pearson said there will be no shortage of events.

"We knew it would be a big deal and that there would be a lot of interest, but it seems to have caught a lot of imaginations, maybe even more so than we expected," she said.

More information can be found at visitbritain.com or at princeofwales.gov.uk .

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