Wednesday, 20 April 2011 00:00
With just over a week left before Kate Middleton and Prince William tie the knot, preparations are in full swing for nationwide festivities.
Bunting is being strung over British streets and across pub fronts, while at least half the nation is expected to watch the occasion unfurl on television.
David Cameron has urged the public to ignore council red tape and hold street parties in celebration, describing the wedding as the "mother of all parties".
"Let me put it like this," he said. "I'm the prime minister and I'm telling you: If you want to have a street party you go ahead and have one."
Anti-monarchist campaign group Republic's plans to hold an alternative street party were threatened when Camden Council rejected their application. They have since re-located their counter-party to Red Lion Square in central London.
But there are fears that extremist groups could distract from the ceremony. The extremist Muslim group, Muslims Against Crusades, promised to turn the event into a "nightmare" after a proposed demonstration was rejected by the Metropolitan police.
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