William and Kate in biggest royal wedding in 30 years

By AFP
Published: April 29, 2011
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Prince William (L) and Kate Middleton (C) with her father Michael Middleton stand during the wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey, on April 29, 2011 in London. PHOTO: AFP

Prince William (L) and Kate Middleton (C) with her father Michael Middleton stand during the wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey, on April 29, 2011 in London. PHOTO: AFP

Britain's Prince William, and Kate Middleton exchange rings before the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, during their wedding ceremony In Westminster Abbey, in central London April 29, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS Prince William (L) and Kate Middleton (C) with her father Michael Middleton stand during the wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey, on April 29, 2011 in London. PHOTO: AFP Kate Middleton arrives to Westminster Abbey for her marriage to Britain's Prince William in central London April 29, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS A military band perform as they march on the Mall, in central London, on the day of the royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: The fairytale wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton captured the imagination of the world Friday, with millions sharing in the celebration of the royal nuptials at parties across the globe.

An estimated two billion people were expected to have watched on TV when William and Kate exchange vows at Westminster Abbey, and even in the home to the Hollywood stars royal glamour shined strong.

“We have movie stars, but they’re not as good,” said Paula Haifley, 30, as she arrived at the Cat and Fiddle British pub on Sunset Boulevard.

Decked out with Union Jack flags and cut-out Kate and Wills models at the entrance, some 300 royal party-goers packed into the bar for the all-night bash to watch the wedding service that started at 3:00 am in LA.

“We came to celebrate. It gave us the opportunity to dress like girls, and celebrate the pomp and circumstance that we don’t necessarily get over here,” said Katie Christiansen, 24.

On nearby Hollywood Boulevard, waxwork museum Madame Tussauds set up a huge screen to show the royal wedding live, just along the road from the world-famous Graumann’s Chinese Theater.

“It’s a Cinderella story to make Hollywood drool,” Andrew Rule from London commented in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph tabloid.

“Today the world will see the wedding that proves that fairytales can, and do, happen,” he wrote in the newspaper which reserved its first five pages for the wedding.

The red carpet and floral decorations were in place at the Westminster Abbey venue as Britons across the country prepared to toast the occasion with champagne breakfasts and around 6,000 street parties.

Over a quarter of the world’s population was expected to watch the moment Kate became a princess after William placed the wedding ring on her finger in the church which held the funeral for his late mother Diana.

On the eve of the wedding, thousands of campers had transformed The Mall, the wide boulevard leading to Buckingham Palace, into a multicoloured sea of flags and eccentric headgear as they prepared to cheer on the newly weds.

Some of them were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of William when he made an impromptu evening visit to shake hands with well-wishers, before retiring to spend his last night as a single man with his family.

The 28-year-old prince was heard telling his fans: “All I’ve got to do is get the lines right”.

Campers trying to get a good night’s sleep were rudely awoken in Friday’s early hours as fireworks lit up London’s night sky.

The first glimpse the waiting world will have of the bride, and her much-talked about gown, will be at around 11:00 am (1000 GMT) when she steps out of the Rolls-Royce Phantom car which will transport her to the abbey.

The Order of Service revealed that Kate will not promise to obey her husband in her marriage vows, following in the footsteps of Diana, who later divorced William’s father Prince Charles and died in a Paris car crash in 1997.

William will be dressed in the world-famous scarlet colours of the British army, but will not be wearing a wedding ring at any point in the service in keeping with his grandfather Prince Philip’s preference.

Kate’s wedding ring was fashioned by Welsh jewellers Wartski from a piece of Welsh gold given to Prince William by his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.

“Happiest days of our lives”

Earlier, the pair said they had been “incredibly moved” by the affection shown to them since they announced their engagement in November.

In a message in their official wedding programme, William and Kate thanked “everyone most sincerely for their kindness” as they prepare for “one of the happiest days of our lives”.

Inside the church — which has been decorated with English Field Maple trees and plants including blossoms, azaleas and rhododendron — will be an eclectic mix of dignitaries, celebrities and politicians.

Around 40 foreign royals were expected to be in attendance along with footballer David Beckham, singer Elton John and Prime Minister David Cameron.

In a diplomatic row that threatened to overshadow the good mood, Britain abruptly withdrew the Syrian ambassador’s invitation, saying the regime’s crackdown on protesters made it unacceptable for him to attend.

Kate, 29, spent her last night as a commoner at the upmarket Goring Hotel, close to Buckingham Palace.

Earlier, a woman sporting a distinctive belt often worn by Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton was seen entering the hotel, fuelling wedding dress rumours.

Later Thursday, Camilla and Charles attended a reception along with the queen being given for British and foreign royals attending the wedding at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in central London.

As final security checks were carried out, police said they had arrested 20 people across London after warning they would act to prevent anyone causing trouble during the wedding.

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Reader Comments (30)

  • Apr 29, 2011 - 2:21PM

    Wow Thats Great .Recommend

  • ali
    Apr 29, 2011 - 2:35PM

    It is a unique moment indeed. Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Apr 29, 2011 - 3:16PM

    Heartiest congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton on their marriage ceremony.

    The Royal Wedding will be remembered by the people around the globe. I had the honour to witness the live marriage ceremony of Prince Charles and Lady Diana as well.

    May God give them happiness in their future endeavors.

    May God also give long live to Her Majesty, The Queen. Amen. Recommend

  • Apr 29, 2011 - 3:21PM

    Zabardast…Recommend

  • Mariya
    Apr 29, 2011 - 3:27PM

    Few lessons:

    Never be rude with anyone like air hostess as they might become royal :-)))

    Yes crime pays in this world…a mistress can mess up a marriage and become queen(Camila)

    It doesnt matter where you start it’s where you finish

    It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from as long you have the intelligence to grab the best in this world!! :-))

    Good luck to the coupleRecommend

  • SD
    Apr 29, 2011 - 3:33PM

    Very dignified. Very English……….Recommend

  • Apr 29, 2011 - 3:36PM

    Heard alot about Diana & Charles wedding, indeed we are witnissing history.Recommend

  • Apr 29, 2011 - 3:37PM

    Nice! Just like a dreamy world!Recommend

  • Apr 29, 2011 - 3:38PM

    It may be a grand one but it cannot eclipse or surpass Princess Diana Marriage. Recommend

  • Conspirator
    Apr 29, 2011 - 3:58PM

    Truly an illuminati weddingRecommend

  • Ali
    Apr 29, 2011 - 4:09PM

    Whats all this fuss about? In the end its just two people getting married.Recommend

  • Lady6
    Apr 29, 2011 - 4:16PM

    I wish I would be the bride instead of KateRecommend

  • Paras Vikmani
    Apr 29, 2011 - 4:29PM

    Royal treat to the viewers! Recommend

  • faraz
    Apr 29, 2011 - 4:32PM

    Britian has a functional parliament, so they should get rid of this symbolic Royal family? Why is tax payers money being spent on their luxuries. They should be kicked out of their palaces and their assets should be confiscated and auctioned. Recommend

  • Apr 29, 2011 - 4:45PM

    Heartiest congratulations to both of them.Recommend

  • sanjithmenon
    Apr 29, 2011 - 4:47PM

    An all Anglican affair. join us or be quiet on the sidelines, you Asians, seems the subtle message.Recommend

  • IamConcerned!
    Apr 29, 2011 - 4:55PM

    She looked beautiful!Recommend

  • Salahud.Din
    Apr 29, 2011 - 6:14PM

    This marriage has made one thing clear that this family and their ancestors were very good people. People around the world including UK and America respect them with a full royal honour. They ruled the world and gave maximum of benifits to the people, therefore they are still alive in the hearts of people. They may have lost their Kingship but still rule the hearts of billions of people. We can only have warm wishes to the wedding pair and can pray 4 the success of their marriageRecommend

  • Raqib Ali
    Apr 29, 2011 - 7:15PM

    Congratulations to the family but why ordinary
    tax payers fund their marriage????Recommend

  • rehman
    Apr 29, 2011 - 7:24PM

    luv the beautiful kate!!!her royall highness princess catherine:)Recommend

  • James Bond
    Apr 29, 2011 - 9:29PM

    What happened to Diana, the groom’s mother? Anyone in the congregation, at Westminster Abbey, know or care?Recommend

  • Salman Shah
    Apr 29, 2011 - 9:31PM

    The Princess is gorgeous..and so is her sister. :pRecommend

  • parvez
    Apr 29, 2011 - 10:39PM

    Nobody does Royalty like the British. Fabulous.Recommend

  • nina
    Apr 30, 2011 - 12:18AM

    They have been together for 8 years already, so what is so special now?
    They just used all the taxpayers money to treat themselves to a great party, and all you poor peasants stood around and watched and applauded like a bunch of street cleaners!Recommend

  • prince
    Apr 30, 2011 - 2:15AM

    i wish i would have been prince william@lady6Recommend

  • beebee
    Apr 30, 2011 - 4:05AM

    love love lovedddddd the wedding!!! it was wonderful..amazing..beautiful!!Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 30, 2011 - 11:49AM

    wish Princess Dian was there.Havet seen her pic in this event.Recommend

  • Apr 30, 2011 - 12:44PM

    Its not ideal for me,they are famous for their cruel base policies in Indo-Pak region.we can not forget their unhuman behavior with Muslims espacially during their period in India and also their policy on Kashmir…shame.Recommend

  • Apr 30, 2011 - 12:50PM

    Near about all the comments uptill now are immature.(1248PM)Recommend

  • Haytt
    May 1, 2011 - 9:39AM

    i think people dnt want to bring political scenario to this wedding ,
    rejoice …many congratulations
    to prince and princessRecommend

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