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If you do some more googling you can find Aspland's actual setup for the "formal" portraits.
Basically he setup his lights before hand (maybe a couple days ... do not remember exactly), setup the whole shot and put the names of everyone down on the floor with tape. He only had minutes for the shot so he had them all come in and positioned them quickly and did the shot. I think he has 2 different setups. The rest of the stuff is mostly shot with natural light except for some of the stuff of Kate coming out of the area where she got ready when one of the 2nd shooters had an on camera flash.
The only reason it takes a lot of planning is because of security, time, The Queen (haha), the amount of people involved, and the fact that they had little kids who are basically unpredictable.
Aspland was the "official" photographer of the palace for the day but there were like 80-100 AP/Getty togs there as well. A circus.
I mean seriously he shot them kissing with an 800mm! Then what does he do, drop his stuff get through security, sprint back, get through more security, then hope he did not miss stuff? He obviously had a handful of people shooting for him as associates and or seconds but really ... holy smokes.