Royal Horses and Carriages Gleam for Wedding

With the royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton just six weeks away, stable hands, coachmen and carriage restorers are hard at work at the Royal Mews to prepare for the big day.

Prince William and Kate will travel to Westminster Abbey in separate cars and will depart together in a glittering cavalcade of five horse-drawn carriages. Other members of the wedding party will travel in lesser carriages.

Tens of thousands will line the streets of the capital to cheer and scream as the royal procession makes its way through London.

Only the most well behaved horses will be trusted to pull the carriages.

[Mark Hargreaves, Head Coachman]:
"Those types are selected purely because they are so steadfast - we can trust them in most situations. Other horses, we could say 'Yep, he'll do this job', but we won't necessarily put him in that one because they react differently to crowds or lorries, or noise, or things like that."

The size and noise of the well-wisher crowds, expected to come from all over the world, will be a major challenge for the horses.

[Colonel Toby, Browne Crown Equerry]:
"One can just hope that all the training and exercises they have been given – on the day they will behave. In the past, one or two do get very upset by big occasions, but we do train them very hard to make sure that they are expecting the unexpected."

If the weather is fine, William and Kate will use the 1902 State Landau, which was specifically built for King Edward VII. It's the same carriage used by Prince Charles and Diana after their wedding at St Paul's cathedral in 1981.

If it's raining, the couple will travel in the Glass Coach, built in 1881 and used to carry Lady Diana to her wedding.

William's brother and best man, Prince Harry will travel with the young bridesmaids in an Ascot Landau and Kate's sister and maid of honor, Pippa Middleton, will travel in another Ascot with the page boys.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting married on April 29.