Non-prime time wedding keeps viewers here up late

The bleary-eyed today probably are those who stayed up much of the early morning to see the wedding of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Some 1,900 guests were entering Westminster Abbey as this edition went to the Web. The coverage was carried in English on CNN.

Five thousand police officers have been deployed in London to handle the massive crowds and to keep an eye out for terrorism attempts.

For those who survive the wedding, there also is the Saturday night-into-Sunday morning of the ceremonies in Rome promoting former pope John Paul II toward eventual sainthood. A Catholic radio station has plans to use the new national stadium to put on a 12-hour extravaganza for the faithful.

Buckingham Palace has announced that after they are married, William and Kate — who will officially be known as Catherine — will be given the titles Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The couple have said they are “incredibly moved” by the outpouring of affection toward them since their engagement last November, and have thanked the public for joining in the celebration of what they hope will be one of the happiest days of their lives.

Thursday, thousands of fans from around the world camped outside London’s Westminster Abbey, transforming the area into a multicolored sea of tents, flags, outlandish hats and good spirits.

Late Thursday, Prince William surprised the well-wishers with an impromptu walkabout. The 28-year-old future king spent several minutes shaking hands and joking with them.

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