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Putting Royal Wedding Pieces in Place: Huge Task

The big questions in Britain remain - where and when will Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot?

It turns out, observes CBS News Correspondent Mark Phillips, it's taking longer to get the answers than first thought.

"At the time the engagement was announced" this week, Phillips says, " we were told the wedding plans themselves would follow shortly. But if we've learned anything about William and Kate over the eight years of their relationship, it's that they don't rush into things. They kept the world waiting for years before they finally announced their engagement, and now (they're) keeping the world waiting about when and where the wedding will be."

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"There are plenty of good reasons," Phillips notes. "Wedding plans, even for normal people, are never easy. For William and Kate, they're a nightmare.

"Planning a grand royal wedding, like (that of William's parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess) Diana, for instance, takes more than booking a caterer and a florist. The schedules of heads of state and society's who's who have to be consulted to see when they're available. National and religious holidays have to be considered to avoid causing a diplomatic incident. More than Cousin Mildred might be offended if you get the date wrong."

CBS News contributor and longtime royals watcher Neil Sean concurs. "We're guessing," he told "Early Show on Saturday Morning" co-anchor Rebecca Jarvis, "they're trying to tie some things in (place) and make sure people are available. It's a big event, and obviously, to get the likes of people like President Obama over here, we have to make sure his diary is clear.

"This is our chance, here in England, to shine, you know. Obviously, (for) Prime Minister David Cameron, this is a godsend, because not only is it going to help the economy but it's gonna put us back on the world stage. So, we want everybody here who is important to that world stage, and President Obama is incredibly popular in the United Kingdom, and obviously would be one of the main guests. So, it's vital that we check and make sure people are available."

Phillips says all the speculation is that William and Kate "are thinking earlier, rather than later (for the wedding) - even as early as March - but the March weather in London can be awfully risky," and they're taking that into consideration.'

Sean says, "I think everybody likes the idea of March, but … it's going to be cold in March. If you are Kate Middleton and want to look stunning on your wedding day -- why wouldn't you? -- would you really want to walk down the aisle or leave (the wedding) in a freezing sort of temperature? I'd like to think it's going to be more June/July -- at least she'll have warmer weather and it'll be easier to copy the dress for all (women who) want to get married in late summer."

Westminister Abbey "is still the favored site for the ceremony," Phillips says. "It's where most royal weddings -- including the Queen's have taken place, not to mention 38 coronations.

"It is also, of course, where Diana's funeral service was held and where William, as a fifteen year old, spent perhaps the saddest day of his life."

Phillips adds the abbey is the likely locale "largely because there was a picture published in a newspaper here of Kate Middleton actually visiting the abbey, and we're told she wanted to look around to see where the wedding might be. It's also considered pretty unthinkable that they would go back to St. Paul's Cathedral, which would be the other choice, because that, of course, is where Charles and Diana were married, and we know hw that marriage went."

Phillips and Sean agree the date and venue will probably be announced early next week.

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