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Royal wedding: Cardiff extends street party deadline

Kate Middleton and Prince William on Anglesey
Image caption The royal bride and groom-to be launching a ifeboat on Anglesey

Cardiff council is extending the deadline for people to apply for a road closure to hold a royal wedding street party.

More than 30 city streets have so far bid to hold an event on Friday 29 April when Prince William marries Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey.

Applications would normally need to be in six weeks ahead of an event but this has been cut back to three weeks.

Cardiff is expected to hold the largest number of street parties in Wales.

It has seen around twice as many applications for road closures as the next in line, Rhondda Cynon, Taf, whose deadline for applications passed last month.

Cardiff's extended deadline means residents have until Friday 8 April to put in plans to close their street to host a party to mark the royal wedding.

Like a number of authorities, the council's website is offering advice on how to go about organising a street event.

Councillor Nigel Howells, executive member for sport, culture and leisure, said: "The wedding of HRH Prince William to Kate Middleton is a huge event for the nation, and we really want people to enjoy the day and celebrate.

"The council will do all it can to support street parties and I would encourage everyone to get in touch with council officers as early as possible to talk through their plans to make sure their event runs smoothly and safely.

"I am delighted to hear so many people have applied to host a royal wedding street party in the city.

"The wedding will be a great occasion for the whole of the UK.

"With William's links to Wales it's great to see the capital supporting the future Prince of Wales ."

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