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Royal wedding rehearsal spotted at Westminster

Believe it or not, in just two short weeks, the world will witness the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. And as the day draws near, it appears preparations are in full swing.

In fact, Friday morning, Kate Middleton was spotted at a wedding rehearsal at Westminster Abbey.

CBS News royal contributor Victoria Arbiter reported, "Harry was there, as were the bridesmaids and pageboys, but no sign of Prince William."

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According to the palace, William is in Angelsey in North Wales.

Co-anchor Erica Hill remarked, "Do you think Harry filled in? As a best man? Isn't it bad luck otherwise?

"Yes," Arbiter said.

Middleton and her immediate family, Arbiter said the press has learned, will stay at The Goring Hotel in London on the night before her wedding. The Queen did offer Buckingham Palace, but Middleton declined.

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"She wants to be on much more neutral territory for her very last night as a commoner," Arbiter said. "We also hear William and Harry will leave from Clarence House. They're going to arrive a full 45 minutes before the ceremony. Hopefully William won't use that time to get too nervous."

The vows are going to be broadcast along the whole processional route, Arbiter said.

"Anyone standing outside will get firsthand experience of the wedding," she said.

Also, if you like the sound of bells, Westminster Abbey is the place to be on April 29. Reportedly, the bells at the abbey will toll for a full three hours following the service.

If you don't like bells, Arbiter said, "(You'd) best get some ear plugs."

Earlier this week, the Queen fell ill and had a nasty nosebleed. Arbiter said she cancelled her engagements for the day, but was OK for an evening appearance.

Arbiter said, "She will be 85 next week, but she's very stoic, she's very healthy." She added that the palace has said the monarch is fine.

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