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Japan royal couple not to attend British wedding

FILE - This Nov. 16, 2010 file photo shows Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton pose for the media at St. James's Palace in London. Royal officials at St. James's Palace said Tuesday March 15, 2011 the couple
FILE - This Nov. 16, 2010 file photo shows Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton pose for the media at St. James's Palace in London. Royal officials at St. James's Palace said Tuesday March 15, 2011 the couple "have taken a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their service," which will include well-known hymns and choral works as well as pieces commissioned especially for the occasion, provided bytwo choirs, an orchestra and a military fanfare team . (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File) (Kirsty Wigglesworth - AP)
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Friday, March 18, 2011; 5:37 AM

TOKYO -- The government says Japan's crown prince and princess will not attend the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton next month following a destructive earthquake and tsunami.

The Imperial Household Agency said Friday Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako initially planned to attend the April 29 wedding. But the royal couple have decided to stay in Japan following last week's deadly earthquake and tsunami in the north of the country.

Police said Friday more than 6,500 people have been killed and more than 10,000 are missing after the 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami.


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