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The Queen will leave after lunch

2011-04-29 09:39
London - Prince Harry may not have to tone down his best man's speech as much as expected.

Royal officials said Queen Elizabeth II would leave Buckingham Palace after hosting a lunchtime reception, meaning she will miss an evening wedding dinner hosted by Prince Charles for 300 close friends and family.

"The queen will host the lunchtime reception and then the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh (her husband Prince Philip) will depart for a private weekend," a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said.

Harry, William's younger brother, had said during series of television interviews last month that he would have to be "selective" in his speech, which he plans to make with a couple of William's friends.

"I will have a few stories but my grandmother will be there so I will have to, er, be selective," he said.

"The speech will be like any best man's speech, between the three of us we will make sure people know the good times and bad times since he was a nipper."

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