Saturday, June 19, 1999 Published at 12:17 GMT 13:17 UK
Edward and Sophie's big day
Love match: Edward and Sophie pictured at the Trooping of the Colour
Crowds are gathering in Windsor as last-minute preparations are made for the wedding of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones.
Shortly before midday, the Queen announced she was giving her third son a new title. He will now be known as Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn. Sophie will become Her Royal Highness, the Countess Wessex.
Although there is no sign of the huge throngs which have attended other Royal Weddings, several hundred well-wishers had lined the streets of the Berkshire town on Saturday morning.
BBC reporter Damian Grammaticus said there was a "carnival" atmosphere as magicians and jugglers entertained the fans ahead of the 1700BST wedding.
The crowds on the street are expected to swell to about 30,000 by late afternoon, while a further 8,000 members of the public have been invited into the castle precincts to see the bride and groom arrive at St George's Chapel, where the ceremony will take place.
Security measures have been stepped up around the castle in case anti-monarchist protesters, who joined riots in London on Friday, should try to disrupt the wedding day.
Demonstrators had said they would hold a mini-protest in Windsor, but there was no sign of them on Saturday morning.
"Everyone likes a good wedding," he said. "I am sure everyone's delighted for them...They are a very lively, intelligent couple and the whole country will be right behind them."
On the eve of the wedding, following a rehearsal in St George's Chapel, the bride stayed with her family at Royal Lodge, the Queen Mother's private home at Windsor. Edward is thought to have stayed at the Castle.
The wedding is meant to be a relatively low-key affair, with no ceremonial state or military involvement. No politicians - not even Mr Blair - will be present, underlining the couple's wish for their day not to be a state occasion.
After the service, the royal fans will get a brief chance to wish the couple well as they travel in an open carriage through Windsor to return to the castle for the reception.
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen Mother, the Princess Royal and her husband Commander Timothy Laurence, and her children Peter and Zara Phillips, are all expected to attend.
The Prince of Wales and the Duke of York are Edward's supporters - the royal equivalent of best men.
Their children, Princes William and Harry, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie will also be there. The Duchess of York has not been invited.
Other guests are to include Samantha Shaw, who designed Ms Rhys-Jones's wedding dress, and her new husband David Keswick.
Celebrities on the guest list include Prince Edward's former boss Lord Lloyd-Webber, his ex-girlfriend actress Ruthie Henshall, Stephen Fry, Billy Connolly and John Cleese.
Singers Tom Jones, Michael Ball and Harry Connick Jnr have been invited, as have actors John Travolta, Charles Dance, Robbie Coltrane, Robert Powell and Michael Elphick. Sports personalities Nigel Mansell, Duncan Goodhew and Barry McGuigan are also expected to attend.
At the reception, 9,000 canapés will be served in the Waterloo Chamber and the Grand Reception Room, before the guests move into the restored George's Hall for a buffet-style dinner.
The cutting of the wedding cake and the toasts, made by the bride's father, the groom and the supporters, will take place before dinner.
Music at the reception will be provided by a string quartet from the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, a brass ensemble from the London Mozart Players and the band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines.
The approximate BST timetable for the day runs as follows:
You can watch the royal wedding live from 1600 BST by visiting BBC News Online's On Air section.