Prince William and his longtime girlfriend were married on Friday morning at the Westminster Abbey in London (photo, from nytimes.com), a wedding that will shape the future of the British monarchy, some say.
Hundreds of millions of people were expected to watch the wedding service worldwide on television. In the UK big screens had been put up in many towns and cities.
The prince wore the red tunic of an Irish Guards colonel, his most senior honorary appointment, and his wife whore an ivory and lace gown designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.
Although the prince struggled a little to place the wedding ring on his wife’s finger, the church service, attended by 1,900 guests, ran smoothly.
The ring has been made from Welsh gold which the Prince received from the Queen.
The couple said their vows, promising to love and cherish each other, and then the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Rowan Williams, declared them husband and wife.
The Queen gave prince William the title of Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton has become Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.
After the service, the newlyweds made the 15-minute journey from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace in an open-topped carriage. They past some of London’s most famous landmarks : the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Horse Guards Parade.
According to the police a million people lined the procession route in order to see the royal couple.
5,000 officers were on duty for the wedding, with more than 900 along the route, and 43 arrests have been made in and outside the security zone. Some two square miles of central London have been closed to traffic.
Once in Buckingham Palace, Prince William and Kate Middleton have kissed twice on the balcony (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk), while being cheered by about 500,000 well-wishers who gathered outside.
RAF planes flew past the palace in honour of the newlyweds.
The Queen hosted the lunchtime reception for 650 guests, after which about 300 close friends and relatives will stay on for a formal black tie dinner and disco in the evening, hosted by Prince Charles.
The British people are also celebrating the royal wedding with thousands of street parties being held around the UK.