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Kate Middleton will leave Westminster Abbey in a state horse-drawn Landau carriage. It is the same open-topped carriage used by Diana and Charles.
Kate Middleton will arrive at Westminster Abbey in the car but will leave for Buckingham Palace in a state horse-drawn Landau carriage. Resplendent in scarlet and gold, it is the same open-topped carriage used by Prince William's parents on their wedding day and for the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of York in 1986.
The car damaged when the Prince of Wales was caught up in violent student protests will take Kate Middleton to Westminster Abbey on her wedding day, it has been confirmed. The high-top Rolls Royce, presented to the Queen for her Silver Jubilee, is now being refurbished and requires specialist paint restoration and glass work. But Buckingham Palace said it should be ready in time for the ceremony on April 29 as the damage caused by protesters in December was not extensive and repairs are purely aesthetic. "It's undergoing a kind of 60 minute makeover at the moment," said Alex Garty, transport manager at the Royal Mews.
Although Kate Middleton's immediate family and senior royals will benefit from the unique and historical royal fleet on the day, both engine and equine powered, all the other guests will have to endure a much more humble form of transport. Minibuses will be used to ferry foreign heads of state and junior royals from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace.
State Harness Cleaner David Oates cleans the Round Buckle, part of the State Harness, at the Royal Mews in central London. The harness will be used on the royal carriage at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
State cars will also be on hand in case of mishaps with the traditional carriages. The need for back-up vehicles creates hundreds of hours of work for those who prepare them, with the potential that many of the vehicles won't even leave the garage on the day. Prince Harry and the bridesmaids will travel in the much plainer Ascot Landau, behind his brother's vehicle.
Maid-of-honour, Pippa Middleton, will be in an identical carriage with the page boys. A second procession led by Her Majesty the Queen, in a carriage pulled by grey horses, will make for quite a sight along the route, which is expected to be lined by tens of thousands of well-wishers.
A Rolls-Royce state car at the Royal Mews in central London which the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will use on the day of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Contingency plans have been put in place for every eventuality. If the weather is wet, the newlyweds will travel to Buckingham Palace in The Glass Coach, a stunning 1881 claret and black town coach, originally purchased for the coronation of George V. The small vehicle has been problematic for brides in the past though. It was said to have caused Lady Diana Spencer's vast wedding dress to crumple badly when she used it to get to Westminster Abbey for her trip up the aisle in 1981.
Carriage Restorer Dave Evans cleans the 1902 State Landau carriage at the Royal Mews in central London. The coach will be used to carry Prince William and Kate Middleton on their wedding day if the weather is good