Hampshire prepares for the royal wedding parties

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PARTY poppers, flags and bunting are poised across the area as thousands get ready to party today for the Royal wedding.

The moment when Prince William and Kate Middleton walk down the isle to get hitched will be marked by over 70 street parties and over 30 other types of events.

Amanda Kidby has organised a traditional street party for her neighbours on Heathcote Road in Copnor, with live entertainment, table tennis, and all sorts of races including a wheelie bin race.

She says the area is buzzing with excitement already as people gear up for a royal knees up.

Amanda said: ‘There is a nice community atmosphere outside, everyone is really busy putting up tables and hanging flags from their windows.

‘The street has been swept and the bunting is up, everything is ready to go.

‘We’re all looking forward to watching the wedding and then having a really good party.’

Prince William became the Duke of Cambridge today just hours before he marries Kate Middleton in a historic ceremony watched by million across the globe.

The announcement means Miss Middleton will become Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge when the happy couple are pronounced husband and wife by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Queen marked the royal wedding by giving her grandson the dukedom - the highest rank in British peerage.

The news came as hundreds of thousands of well-wishers poured into London eager for a glimpse of the wedding.

Early morning trains, usually all-but deserted on a Bank Holiday, were packed with royal fans, some wearing mock tiaras, most clutching Union flags.

They were rewarded with the news that the happy couple will brave the elements and travel from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace in the open-topped 1902 State Landau.

As the bride and groom awoke after spending the traditional night apart, thousands of well-wishers were already lining the processional route from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey.

Forecasters’ warnings of rain showers over central London failed to dampen the mounting excitement.