Prince William and Kate Middleton Partake in Wedding Rehearsal

April 27, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015
Cars carrying Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at Westminster Abbey for a rehearsal on Wednesday in London. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Cars carrying Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at Westminster Abbey for a rehearsal on Wednesday in London. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Prince William and Kate Middleton turned up at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday for their final wedding run-through before the big day, the prince’s St. James’s Palace office said.

Also in attendance for the private rehearsal two days before Friday’s wedding were senior clergy, the bride’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and Prince Harry, the groom’s younger brother and best man, according to Reuters.

Traveling from Clarence House, the residence of Prince Charles, father of Prince William and Harry, the couple arrived in a motorcade at around 7:30 p.m.

The convoy of cars with blacked-out windows drove past crowds of tourists accumulated outside the historic wedding venue and dozens of royal wedding fans who have already found their spots on the street, camping there for prime viewing on Friday.

“The couple are attending a private wedding rehearsal at the abbey this evening,” a St. James’s Palace spokesman told AFP. “The rehearsal is for them and the clergy, and others taking part in the service, such as Prince Harry and the Middleton family.”

Meanwhile, armed forces and media organizations were also preparing themselves. Roads in central London near Buckingham Palace and along the parade route were closed since early Wednesday morning to allow about 1,000 members of the military to hold a full-scale practice in uniforms at about 5 a.m.