Send your congratulations to the Prince and Kate Middleton
PERSONAL messages of congratulation to Prince William and Kate Middleton can be written in a royal wedding book at Derby Cathedral that will be sent to the newlyweds in time for their big day.
The Derby Telegraph is sponsoring the Best Wishes Book that will be open for people to sign from Monday.
David Stanbridge, the senior executive officer for Derby Cathedral, with the royal wedding book waiting to be filled.
The Mayor of Derby, Amar Nath, will be the first person to write a message to the royal couple and residents across the county are being encouraged to follow suit.
The Dean of the Cathedral, Dr John Davies, said: "This is a great way for Derby people to get involved in the run-up to the wedding."
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The book will be open for people to sign until it is sent off to the royal couple a few days before their wedding on Friday, April 29.
The future king and Miss Middleton will tie the knot at Westminster Abbey with a reception for 600 guests to be held at Buckingham Palace.
On the day of the wedding a St George's Cross will fly from Derby's Cathedral and special prayers will be said during service.
Plans are also being made for the cathedral bells to ring in honour of the occasion.
David Stanbridge, senior executive officer at Derby Cathedral, hopes as many people as possible will sign the book.
He said: "The book will be on display in the cathedral by a picture of Prince William and his fiancée.
"It gives people the chance to write their own messages and send their congratulations to the couple.
"We plan to send the book to the palace a few days before the wedding.
"It is open to all denominations and we hope that visitors to the cathedral will take the opportunity to sign it."
Derby Telegraph editor Steve Hall said the book was a great way for the community to send their congratulations to the royal couple.
He said: "The wedding is such a historic occasion that we couldn't let it pass without recognition.
"I hope that people will take time out to visit the cathedral and write a message of congratulations."
The cathedral is open from 8am until 6pm and the book will be on display from Monday.