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If a new "behind-the-scenes" book about the royal wedding is to be believed, Prince William will celebrate his nuptials today by leading a conga dance around the room with his bride Kate Middleton - and Elton John.
The Queen will look on bored as the beaming couple cut the wedding cake, while the corgis forage for food in the background.
Chances are, they are not amused. Author Alison Jackson poses for a photograph with lookalikes of Kate Middleton, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth and the royal corgis in London... on April Fool's Day. Photo: Reuters
And an emotional Prince Harry will end the night slumped on a staircase, a bottle of empty champers clutched tightly in his fist.
If Clarence House thought The Chaser's coverage of Kate and Wills' impending nuptials would be too risque, then it remains to be seen what it will make of irreverent British artist Alison Jackson's new spoof book, Kate and Wills Up the Aisle: A Right Royal Fairy Tale.
Jackson shot to fame in Britain in 1999 for producing series of mock photographs depicting Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed with a mixed-race love child.
Since then her paparazzi-style images - including former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown being comforted by removal men as he packed up his boxes at No 10 - have fooled many.
Now she has turned her attention to the new royal husband-and-wife-to-be, employing actors who bear a startling resemblance to the couple to recreate the most memorable moments of their romance.
Among the 300 images, there's Prince William, in his towel, and Kate practising their curtseys.
They also sip from large matching mugs marked "King" and "Queen".
And while Kate's been busy shaping up with a strict gym regime, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, apparently chose to shed a few kilos on a vibrating body toning machine. While drinking a gin and tonic.
Jackson also reveals just how Prince William popped the question to Kate while they were on holidays in Africa. In Jackson's version, Wills unbuttoned his shirt to reveal the words "Marry me" plastered on his chest in red paint.
Jackson also held an "alternative wedding" in London on April Fools Day, in which the happy couple chowed down on a bucket of KFC chicken and downed a pint at the pub.
Despite poking fun at couple, Jackson said she was "very pro-Royal family".
"I don't think I've done anything unpleasant or nasty, my work is not an attack, it's really a comment about us and our times and how the royal family has to change to remain part of society," she told Channel 4 News in Britain.
"I think we're so voyeuristic, living life thorough television, magazines and the internet; removed from people we watch but we think we know them intimately, it's extraordinary."