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Excited Crowds Fill London Streets for Royal Wedding


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.

Well-wishers from around the world have filled the streets of London to celebrate Friday's wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Thousands gathered outside Westminster Abbey, the site of the ceremony, cheering and waving the red, white and blue flags of Britain.

Giant screens set up in London broadcast the service live, allowed royal fans to witness in real-time what has been dubbed the "wedding of the century."

Crowds lined the parade route which the newlyweds traveled in a horse-drawn carriage on their way from the church to Buckingham Palace after the ceremony.

Many people camped out to secure their spot for the big moment, some holding their places for days. Some of the youngest spectators donned tiaras and crowns, while others sported masks of the royal couple.

Members of the media also joined the public, conducting interviews with excited onlookers eager to express their support for the newly-named Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Crowds also formed around Buckingham Palace as anxious fans awaited the royal couple's much-anticipated balcony kiss. Some displayed signs, including one with an invitation for Prince William's brother that read "Marry me Harry."

Royal watchers in London and across the globe have also staged their own celebrations in honor of the union between Prince William and his bride. Hundreds of thousands of Britons held street parties marking the event, with officials reporting 5,500 applications for street closures.

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