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Lucky draw winners stand a chance to attend William, Kate wedding

entertainment Updated: Nov 24, 2010 14:55 IST

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Prince William and Kate Middleton will invite members of the public to their wedding by holding a Willy Wonka-style 'Golden Ticket' draw, reports The Sun.

Around 100 lucky winners will get to rub shoulders with royals and heads of state at the historic Westminster Abbey service on April 29.

They will also be invited to raise a toast to the future king and his queen at the lavish reception, expected to be held at Buckingham Palace, reports thesun.co.uk.

And Britain is ready for a nationwide knees-up after being given a holiday on Friday on April 29 to celebrate the wedding.

The Royal couple were said to be "over the moon - on cloud nine" after the date and venue of their big day was officially Prince William and Kateannounced. But they are determined ordinary folk should be given the opportunity to celebrate alongside them.

A source close to the St James' Palace planning committee revealed: "William and Kate wanted the British people involved at a deeper level than simply holding street parties. They were crystal clear on this from the outset and were delighted when the idea of a random selection was mooted. Those lucky enough to land an invitation will only find out when it drops on their doormat."

The exact method of picking which lucky members of the public are to join the Royal shindig has still to be worked out. But it will be completely at random - just like Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket draw in the British novelist Roald Dahl's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.