Prince William and Kate get new titles: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
On the morning of the royal wedding, the queen has declared new titles for Prince William and Kate Middleton: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Kate will get the title "Her Royal Highness," but she will not be -- formally -- Princess Catherine.
To be determined: whether, as William's wife, she will be called Princess William of Wales. That is to be decided and announced later.
William becomes Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus. The dukedom of Cambridge stretches back several centuries but died out in 1904. It's now being revived by the queen by her royal prerogative.
Lots of bunting, Union Jacks and souvenirs were out on the London streets Friday morning around Westminster Abbey. The police were out in force, and a helicopter buzzed overhead. Free cardboard "telescopes" were being handed out, and lots of hats were in evidence, in keeping with British tradition on grand occasions.
Skies were cloudy, with a faint patch of blue here and there, as people streamed in from the tube and elsewhere in advance of the royal wedding.
With wedding guests already arriving by a back road behind the abbey, photographers snapped away.
[For the record, 1:33 a.m. April 29: This post originally said Kate Middleton would be called Princess William of Wales. That is to be decided and announced at a future time.]
-- Henry Chu, reporting from London
Photo: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, leave a gala pre-wedding dinner held at London's Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on April 28, 2011. Credit: Matthew Lloyd / Getty Images