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Britain's Queen Formally Approves Prince William's Wedding

A detail from the Instrument of Consent is seen at the Crown Office at the House of Lords in London, April 21, 2011

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has granted her formal consent to the wedding of her grandson Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29.

Under terms of a three-century-old act of Parliament, the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, a British monarch must give formal advance approval of a marriage that could affect the line of succession to the throne.

The "Instrument of Consent" signed by the queen is necessary to ensure the marriage's validity.

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Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.