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EastEnders: See the first pictures of Whitney's wedding dress

Sharnaz Shahid

She has been planning this day ever since she was a child, so it comes as no surprise to see Whitney Dean pull out all the stops to make her special day with long-term partner Lee Carter an occasion not to forget. The loved-up duo are set to tie the knot in front of family and friends on EastEnders next Friday.

In new pictures, released by the BBC, the pair look incredible - with the bride (played by Shona McGarty) dressed in a heavily embellished fishtail bridal gown, while the eldest Carter looks dapper in a grey tailored suit.

While the pictures appear to show the couple looking rather cosy, there is the small matter of whether they make it down the aisle or not and have their fairy-tale ending.

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Whitney and Lee are set to tie the knot on EastEnders next Friday

During a recent interview with Radio Times, Danny-Boy Hatchard - who plays Lee - revealed he's hiding a secret, which his brother, Johnny, is shocked to find out.

"Lee thinks he's hiding it well but Johnny cottons on quite quickly," the soap star confessed. "Johnny starts asking a lot of questions and prying which Lee finds very intrusive so the defensive barriers go up. He's very quick to shut Johnny down because he doesn't want to feel emasculated or that he needs help.

"He wants to deal with this himself. Johnny getting too involved is making Lee think too much about it and that's not how Lee works. Lee wants to make a decision and worry about the consequences later."

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"There were times when he didn’t think it would work out," actor Danny-Boy Hatchard said

Describing the wedding day as "emotional," Danny-Boy added that he hopes everything will end smoothly for the couple – despite their turbulent relationship.

"There were times when he didn’t think it would work out," he explained. "I think he tends to get himself into things without looking at the future. He just makes a decision because it feels right in the moment."

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