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Kate Middleton Joins Church of England as Part of Marriage Preparations

Britain's Prince William speaks, watched by his fiancee Kate Middleton at the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, in Darwen, northern England, April 11, 2011

Princess-to-be Kate Middleton has been confirmed as a member of the Church of England weeks ahead of her April 29 marriage to Prince William.

St. James’ Palace spokesman announced Wednesday Middleton was confirmed by the bishop of London, Rev. Richard Chartres on March 10, in a private ceremony attended by her family and Prince William.

The statement said Middleton, who was baptized as a child, chose to be confirmed as part of her marriage preparations. The prince was confirmed when he was 14, also by the bishop of London.

As second in line to the throne, Prince William will one day assume the title of supreme governor of the Church of England if he becomes king.

Confirmation - which marks a baptized Christian’s commitment to their faith - is not a precondition for marriage to a future monarch, but it will allow Middleton to receive communion in the Anglican church.