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Britain's Prince William Marries Catherine Middleton


Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton exchange rings in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Abbey, London, Friday April 29, 2011.

Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton exchange rings in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Abbey, London, Friday April 29, 2011.

Britain’s second-in-line to the throne was married Friday in a ceremony that lived up to all pomp and pageantry that the world has come to expect of Britain’s royal family.

The excitement in London was palpable as royal fans cheered Prince William and his bride to the altar.

The service

Prince William wore the red tunic of the Irish Guards. But it was his bride, Catherine, who stole the show with a classic, elegant white and lace dress.

The ceremony

Inside Westminster Abbey, where the church service took place, a hush descended as the bride and her father walked to the altar, where Prince William was waiting.

They spoke their vows solemnly before a congregation of almost 2,000 people.
The bride spoke almost in a whisper but without faltering.

And outside the church the mood was broken by the cheers and excitement of the crow

The kiss

After the church ceremony the newly married couple - now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge-travelled in an open top carriage to Buckingham Palace, from where they waved to their fans from the balcony and had their first public kiss. And another.

Massive crowds poured into London’s streets, some planted along the route of the royal procession for several days in order to get a glance of the royal couple. Others watched on big screens erected around London.

Public reaction


Royal supporters watch Britain's Prince William kissing his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge on a giant screen in Trafalgar Square in central London, after the wedding ceremony, on April 29, 2011.

Royal supporters watch Britain's Prince William kissing his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge on a giant screen in Trafalgar Square in central London, after the wedding ceremony, on April 29, 2011.

British flags waved in the air and painted faces, royal hats, frocks, dress jackets swarmed the streets.

Many told VOA of their happiness at being in London for what some have dubbed the "wedding of the century”"

"I particularly liked Kate’s dress. I thought William looked very handsome and I like the choice of hymns as well," said Dale Sharpe, a young man watching the wedding on a big screen in London’s Trafalgar Square.

Judy, an Australian woman, was one of thousands who travelled to Britain from around the world for the wedding. She said it was well worth the trip.

"We’re all part of history. It’s just a wonderful experience," she said.

With their public duties done, the wedding couple were to spend the evening with their friends and family.

And their fans were celebrating well into the afternoon.

"We’re having a few beers and then going and having an afternoon tea party," one woman said as a group headed into a pub.

And so it is that in 2011 Britain is still keeping traditions alive with its pubs, its tea, and the pageantry of its royal family.

A wedding photo album



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