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Tight security for first Spanish royal wedding in century

Snipers sat on rooftops, city centre metro stations were locked, aircraft were banned and gawking pedestrians spilled on to Madrid’s streets, snarling up traffic, as the Spanish capital ground to a halt yesterday in preparation for its first royal wedding for nearly a century. The marriage today of Crown Prince Felipe and his journalist bride Letizia Ortiz is the first to be celebrated in Madrid since his great-grandfather, King Alfonso XIII, married a British princess, Victoria Eugenia, in 1906 – an event marred by an anarchist bomb attack on their carriage that spattered her dress with the victims’ blood. Authorities last night decided to remove hundreds of coloured floodlights decorating fountains and buildings, including the Prado museum, citing security concerns. Hundreds of thousands of people have blocked streets and caused huge traffic jams as they arrived to see the lights over the past few days. Full Story

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