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2011-04-21 12:51
London - A Muslim protest group have had their plans to demonstrate outside the wedding of Britain's Prince William rejected.

Radical Islamist group Muslims Against Crusades - who gained attention by burning poppies on Armistice Day - have been told by national security agency Scotland Yard they will not be permitted to protest outside Westminster Abbey when William marries Kate Middleton on April 29.

Lynne Owens, assistant commissioner of Scotland Yard, has said while discussions with the group are "ongoing", the upcoming royal wedding will not be disturbed.

She told BBC News: "What we will be doing is making sure that no protest disrupts that celebration for the royal family."

Trained to be vigilant

"People should be absolutely reassured that it won't disrupt the day and we'll have a very safe and happy celebratory event."

Meanwhile, police and security officers have already begun the lengthy process of searching the central London areas in the vicinity of the event for explosives.

Inspector Ian Fairman, who is in charge of the Metropolitan Police search teams, explained: "Officers are trained to be vigilant and check areas where items may have been hidden. Officers will be checking vulnerable areas all along the route of the procession."

Following the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, the royal wedding party will make their way to Buckingham Palace, where Queen Elizabeth is hosting the reception.

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