Westminster Abbey 'likely to be Prince William's wedding venue'

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London, Nov 18 (ANI): Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton has paid a brief visit to Westminster Abbey - leading to speculation the couple has chosen the historic church to tie the knot.

The 28-year-old went to the Abbey, which has hosted the weddings of the Queen and Queen Mother and was where the funeral of William's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was held.

However, the couple, which is spending their first day apart since announcing their engagement, said they needed more time to make the final decision about where and when they make their vows.

"Miss Middleton paid a short, private visit to Westminster Abbey in order to be able to consider it as an option. The couple wish for a little more time to be able to consult family members and make a decision for themselves," the Daily Express quoted St James's Palace spokesman as saying.

Middleton made the visit by herself as William had returned to North Wales to continue his work as an RAF search and rescue pilot.

The couple were said to be "on cloud nine" after discussing marriage plans with royal aides during meetings.

Royal officials will now consult with the Queen, senior royals, Middleton's parents and others before reporting back to the Prince and his fiancee, who will make the final decision.

The full cost of the wedding will not be known until major elements such as a venue are decided, but the spokesman stressed that William and Middleton were conscious of the country's economic situation. (ANI)

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