Rain may play spoilsport in the intricately planned and choreographed royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday, if the weatherman is to be believed.

Tom Morgan, a spokesman for the Met Office, said that the royal wedding day would feel much cooler in England and Wales than this bank holiday weekend.

The royal couple, if it rains, will be returning to the Buckingham Palace from Westminster Abbey in a closed-in carriage instead of an open carriage, which would deprive the millions en route the chance to see them.

It has been warm and sizzling in most parts of England in recent days.

Generally in the London area there will be fairly cloudy skies with occasional brighter spells, but also a risk of showery rain at times. A brisk north-easterly wind will make it much chillier than of late, Morgan said.

If rains plays spoilsport, Prince William and Kate Middleton will leave Westminster Abbey in the Glass Coach, in which Diana, Princess of Wales arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral on her wedding day, rather than the open-top 1902 State Landau, which the newlywed Prince and Princess of Wales used for their carriage procession back to Buckingham Palace in 1981.

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