Months of carefully staged-managed preparations conclude next Friday when Prince William of Wales and his fiancé, Catherine "Kate" Middleton, wed in a ritual blending tradition, pageantry and modernity under the gaze of a billion eyes and in a likely flood of a zillion tweets. Get more of the scoop after the jump.

William has chosen his brother, Prince Harry, to stand as his Best Man, while Middleton's sister, Pippa, will be Maid of Honor.

When Prince William swaps vows with his longtime girlfriend at Westminster Abbey, three different clergymen will take part in the ceremony: the Dean of Westminster will conduct the service, the Archbishop of Canterbury will preside over the vows, and the Bishop of London will give the address.

At Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth will host a reception for the newly-married couple and "guests drawn from the congregation representing the couple's official and private lives."

After that, Prince Charles will give a private evening dinner -- plus dancing! -- at the Palace for his son, daughter-in-law and close family and friends.

I must admit that I will be watching the Royal Wedding! I watched Princess Diana get married in 1981 and it was so exciting. I love the Royal family and I am intrigued with the whole 'Royal Wedding thing.'

To some it may sound silly, but I can't wait for all the pageantry, romance and hoopla that is the Royal Wedding! So, I guess I'll be getting to bed early Thursday night and rising early Friday morning, and I can't wait!

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