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Royal wedding fever hits the skies

Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton. (AP)

By Staff

Australians rush to book flights to London for the April celebrations, reports Herald Sun.

Australians, the report says, desperate to witness the future King of England get hitched, knocked American tourists out of the lead in royal wedding flight searches, according to January global travel data.

Australia is now second only to Germany in a table of nations seeking air travel to the UK for the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, figures from flight comparison site Skyscanner revealed.

The wave of wedding visitors was expected to generate more than $1 billion for British tourism, the daily said.

The number of Australians keen to witness the royal wedding was testament to Australia's continued support of the monarchy, according to the Australian Monarchist League.

National chairman Philip Benwell said it was preparing for a pre- and post-wedding surge in membership numbers.