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Royal Wedding Ceremony Steeped in Grandeur, Tradition


Prince William greets Kate Middleton as she arrives at the alter with her father Michael Middleton, prior to their marriage in London's Westminster Abbey, Friday April 29 2011.(AP Photo/ Dominic Lipinski, pool)

Prince William greets Kate Middleton as she arrives at the alter with her father Michael Middleton, prior to their marriage in London's Westminster Abbey, Friday April 29 2011.(AP Photo/ Dominic Lipinski, pool)

The royal wedding held at London's Westminster Abbey Friday was a ceremony steeped in tradition.

The Dean of Westminster Abbey, Dr. John Hall, conducted the service, which featured musical performances by choir singers, accompanied by a live orchestra, organ music and trumpeters high in the rafters.

In a scene from a modern-day fairy tale, Kate Middleton glided down the aisle's red carpet to her Prince William, who donned his red and gold army uniform and told her at the altar, "You look beautiful."

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams presided over the vows. He led the prince in sliding the ring onto Middleton's finger and joined their hands in matrimony.

Flanked by the ornate walls and stained-glass windows of the Abbey and trees brought in just for the service, the wedding guests joined in several of the songs, including the British national anthem.

Their voices soared, reaching the high rafters of the church, which is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs and also was the site of the funeral for Prince William's mother, Princess Diana, who was killed in a car crash in 1997.

Many of the men in the audience wore military uniforms, while members of the clergy were draped in white, red, and gold robes.

Middleton's brother also spoke at the service, reading "The Lesson," a passage from the Bible.

The ceremony came to a close with the royal couple completing the final formality of signing the marriage registers.

Watch: Prince William and Catherine Middleton exchange vows

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