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Overnight royal wedding rehearsal snakes through quiet streets

AP reports: Hundreds of troops have paraded through the empty streets of London in a dawn rehearsal for their ceremonial role during the royal wedding.

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A royal limousine takes part in a dress rehearsal in central London early on April 27 for the royal wedding between Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton. Up to 1,000 members of the British military attended a pre-dawn rehearsal for the royal wedding on Wednesday to ensure they get everything right on the big day.

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A soldier yawns during the royal wedding rehearsal at dawn on April 27.

Wednesday's walkthrough saw army, navy and air force personnel in full uniform lining the route Prince William and Kate Middleton will follow between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

Mounted troops of the Household Cavalry escorted a horse-drawn carriage.

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Sailors of the Royal Navy march outside Westminster Abbey.

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A Scots Guards officer, right, makes checks during the rehearsal on The Mall.

Starting at about 5 a.m., the troops practiced and timed their roles to the second for Friday's celebrations — but without the crowds expected on the day.

Organizers said the dress rehearsal went without a hitch.

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Soldiers of the Household Cavalry escorting a carriage cross Horseguards as they take part in the rehearsal.

Read more about the rehearsal on Today.com or watch the video below.

Up to 1,000 members of the British military held a full dress rehearsal Wednesday to prepare for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Meanwhile, the royal couple got behind the wheel and drove themselves to London for their big day. TODAY's Natalie Morales reports.

You can find more royal wedding coverage on our blog, The Windsor Knot and on PhotoBlog

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Preparations for the royal wedding.
Wacky royal wedding memorabilia.
The royal guestlist - who's coming to the wedding?
A royal courtship.
History of British royal weddings.
Kate Middleton's style.
Crown jewels.