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Last Updated: Wednesday April 27 2011 15:35 GMT

PICTURES: Royal wedding dress rehearsal and final preparations

Members of Britain's armed forces ride past the Houses of Parliament during a dress rehearsal for Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding.

The armed forces have taken part in a big dress rehearsal of the royal wedding route while most of you were still asleep.

A horse-drawn carriage is driven past Westminster Abbey after taking part in a dress rehearsal for Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding.

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets from the palace to Westminster Abbey to see Prince William and his bride arrive.

Members of the military take part in a pre-dawn dress rehearsal for Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding, London

Up to 1,000 members of the Army, Navy and RAF set off before dawn on Wednesday to take part in the practice procession to Westminster Abbey.

Members of the military take part in a pre-dawn dress rehearsal for the royal wedding, London

Some of the soldiers, sailors and airmen involved have worked with Prince William.

Royal fan Terry Hutt sits outside his tent at Westminster Abbey

Royal fan Terry Hutt sits outside his tent at Westminster Abbey, watching the dress rehearsal as it unfolds in the darkness.

Union flags line the Mall in London ahead of the royal wedding

Union Jack flags line the Mall in central London, which will see crowds of hundreds of thousands on Friday, all waiting to catch a glimpse of the royal couple after they are married.

British Union Jack flags hang along Regent Street in London, ahead of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton are due to marry at Westminster Abbey on Friday 29 April and London is busy preparing itself for the huge event.

As part of security preparations for the royal wedding, a British police officer inspects tubes to be used to build a scaffold stage outside Westminster Abbey, in London

Security checks around Westminster Abbey are really tight. This police officer is making sure there's nothing hidden in these tubes before they're used in scaffolding nearby.

The Band of the Royal Marines during rehearsals for the royal wedding, at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, Hampshire.

The Band of the Royal Marines are making the most of some last minute rehearsals to make sure they get everything just right when they play at the couple's wedding.

Samantha Cameron, wife of Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, bakes cakes for the Downing Street Royal Wedding street party with a group of school children who will be attending the party on 29 April.

Meanwhile lots of people across the UK are baking for street parties, including the Prime Minister's wife, Samantha Cameron, who's getting ready for Downing Street's party.

Royal fan John Loughrey becomes the first person to camp on the streets of London outside Westminster Abbey to wait for the start of the royal wedding on 29 April 2011.

With two full days left to go, royal fan John Loughrey became the first person to start camping outside the Abbey to make sure he gets a good viewpoint on Friday 29 April.

Royal fan John Loughrey becomes the first person to camp on the streets of London outside Westminster Abbey to wait for the start of the royal wedding on 29 April 2011.

Mr Loughrey said he's always been loyal to the royal family and thinks they're good for British tourism.

A worker helps set out row of barriers outside Buckingham Palace as final preparations are made in London for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

And he's not alone. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to cram into The Mall on Friday to cheer on the royal couple as they return to Buckingham Palace.

Royal fan and knitter Guen Murray from Norfolk, aged 76, is the second person to start to camp out on the streets to wait for the start of the royal wedding on 26 April 2011.

Guen Murray, who's 76, was the second person to save her place outside Westminster Abbey. She said she wants to get a good look at Kate's dress!