Britons 'at home for royal wedding'

Almost two-thirds of Britons plan to stay back in the UK for the upcoming royal wedding, instead of heading off abroad during the extended holiday period, a new poll has shown.

The survey for lastminute.com found that of those spending April 29 in the UK, more than three-quarters (77%) hope to watch the event on TV.

Findings reveal that 9% of those surveyed plan on attending a street party to celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day, with several hotels set to organise 'street party' themed events.

Host of last year's Ryder Cup, the Celtic Manor Resort, which spans 1,400 acres in the Usk Valley, South Wales, is set to have an outdoor 'street party', complete with Union Jack bunting and trestle tables.

A spokeswoman for the resort said: "Guests can watch William and Kate tie the knot on big screens before taking their place at tables laden with traditional snacks including jam sandwiches, home-made pork pies, Scotch eggs and sausage rolls; along with favourites such as Victoria sponge, fondant fancies, trifle and of course, traditional wedding cake.

"Street parties have been part of British tradition for more than a century, linked to royal and other national events, and this year, with Kate and William set to walk down the aisle, the celebrations promise to be remembered forever."

Mark Maddock, managing director for lastminute.com UK and Ireland, said: "It's great to see the lengths that people are planning to go to mark this occasion.

"Overwhelmingly, our research shows that the Royal Wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion that will be celebrated by millions of Britons.

"It's a fantastic fairy-tale story and one which we will continue to tell others for years to come."

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