Sailors prepare for the Royal Wedding

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ROYAL Navy sailors who are taking part in the Royal Wedding went through a dress rehearsal at HMS Collingwood in Fareham this morning.

Around 200 sailors and Royal Marines have spent the last two weeks gearing up for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday.

The world’s press descended on Collingwood today. Among the 87 journalists were television crews from Japan and America.

Eight specially selected sailors will line the path of Westminster Abbey when the couple tie the knot.

Lieutenant Jason Hannigan, 37, served on HMS Iron Duke with Prince William in the Caribbean in 2008.

He said: ‘He was a really nice, genuine guy. On his first day or so it felt a bit strange - everyone was aware who he was - but he was treated just like any other Sub-Lieutenant on the ship. We made it as normal as possible and he fit right in.’

The highlight of the Prince’s deployment on Iron Duke came with a multi-million cocaine bust.

‘Wills was up in the helicopter looking out for suspicious vessels and he spotted the speed boat,’ said Lt Hannigan.

He said the Prince rarely discussed his love-life onboard the ship.

‘He did have a picture of Kate on his laptop.

‘It’s a great honour to be there for his wedding. It’s an occasion that’ll go down in history.’