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    Some interesting props. Not that I would play them, but I love how bookies will take plays on anything.

    Odds are 7-4 that Kate will enter the doors at Westminster Abbey promptly at 11 a.m. or be three minutes late. By comparison, there's a 6-to-1 shot she'll arrive 12 minutes or more late.

    Known for her careful fashion choices, bookmakers think it's unlikely she'll rock the boat with her wedding dress color -- red is the 100-to-1 outside shot. Instead, odds are favoring a dress that's ivory (4-6), white (5-2) or champagne (7-2).

    For the music that will be played as Kate walks down the aisle, Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" is the bookies' choice at 7-4. "The Prince of Denmark's March" and "Canon in D" are the second and third favorite picks, respectively. The 250-to-1 long shot? Chris Brown's "Forever."

    Unlike Princess Diana, who had a sumptuous 25-foot train, bookies think Kate will opt for something more austere. Odds are 15-8 that Kate's train will be less than 8 feet long. In contrast there's a 10-to-1 shot that it'll exceed 32 feet.

    Traditional Church of England wedding vows call for the bride to pledge "to love, cherish, and to obey." But there's also a version that omits the word "obey." At 8-11, odds are that Kate will follow in Diana's footsteps and choose to leave out the word "obey."

    Pippa Middleton, Kate's younger sister and maid of honor, is favorite (3-1) to catch the wedding bouquet. But at 4-1, Chelsy Davy, Prince Harry's on-off girlfriend, is also a contender.

    Anarchists have threatened to disrupt the big day.
    But with an estimated $8 million to be spent on security provided by London's Metropolitan Police, bookmakers don't expect any unwanted guests interrupting the ceremony or royal festivities. Odds are 1-50 that there won't be a successful gatecrasher.

    First dance.
    At 5-1, the bookmakers' favorite is James Blunt's "You're Beautiful," followed by "Everything I Do" by Bryan Adams and Shania Twain's "You're Still the One" (both 8-1). While there's a royal reference in their name, Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire" is the long shot at 50 to 1.

    Where the happy couple will honeymoon has been one of the best-kept secrets of the royal wedding preparations. At 11-4, the private Caribbean island of Mustique is the bookmakers' choice, followed closely by Kenya (3-1), where William proposed. A 100-to-1 long shot is the Spanish party island of Ibiza.

    At 1-20, odds are heavily in favor of the couple still being together on their 10th wedding anniversary. By contrast, bookmakers are offering odds of 8-1 that they'll have split by then.

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    Wow, great takes. Thanks!