Start making plans now! Prince William and Kate Middleton have announced their royal wedding date is set for Friday, April 29, 2011. The happy couple will be married at Westminster Abbey in London. Royal wedding at Westminster Abbey chosen for beauty, intimacy historic royal connections. April 29’s royal wedding will be a public holiday. A spokesperson for Prince Charles assures the British taxpayers that “The royal family will pay for the wedding, following the precedence set by the marriages of the prince and princess of Wales in 1981 and Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947.” However, Prime Minister David Cameron said that the government will pay for other additional costs concerning transportation and security.

Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton (L) pose for a photograph in St. James's Palace, central London in a November 16, 2010 file photo. Britain's Prince William is to marry his fiancee Kate Middleton on Friday, April 29 next year at London's Westminster Abbey, his office said on November 23, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/files  (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE)

Westminster Abbey has been the ‘official church’ for the English royalty since it’s construction in 1245. Not only do most of the royal weddings take place there, but also coronations of the new kings and queens. The Abbey was originally founded in 960, shortly before the invasion by the Normans in 1066.

Kate Middleton was seen at West Minster Abbey last week with her parents, obviously checking out the location as arrangements begin for her marriage to Prince William. The 29th of April will be a national holiday, according to PM David Cameron. The Parliament in Scotland has yet to vote on likewise declaring a national holiday. Cameron recently unleashed a massive austerity program slashing government spending, employees and benefits.

The last royal wedding at Westminster Abbey was that of the then Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip in 1947. Prince Charles married Princess Diana at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981. In 1997, Princess Diana’s funeral was held ay Westminster Abbey, an event which the whole world watched.

Prince William and Kate Middleton announced the royal wedding date set is April 29, 2011. Royal wedding to be at Westminster Abbey chosen for beauty, intimacy historic royal connections. April 29 royal wedding is a public holiday in England. Many expect the world to be equally enthusiastic about the upcoming wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. April 29th may have been chosen as it is St. Catherine’s Day on the Anglican calendar. The royal palace has recently begun referring to Kate Middleton as “Catherine”.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: A general view of Westminster Abbey on November 19, 2010 in London, England. It is rumoured that Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry there next year. Clarence House announced that the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton on November 16, 2010. The couple will get married in either the Spring or Summer of next year and continue to live in North Wales while Prince William works as an air sea rescue pilot for the RAF. The couple became engaged during a recent holiday in Kenya having been together for eight years. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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