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William weds Kate; a million greet the couple
Published on 30 Apr. 2011 12:05 AM IST
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It was as Queen Elizabeth-II described “ amazing” on the massive crowd turn out that greeted the royal couple and rightly so, when Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton were married at the Westminster Abbey on Friday in a royal occasion of dazzling pomp and pageantry that has attracted a huge global audience and injected new life into the monarchy.
Bells pealed loudly and trumpets blared as 1,900 guests earlier poured into the historic abbey, coronation site for the monarchy since William the Conqueror was crowned in 1066.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams conducted the marriage vows and declared the couple married with the words: “I pronounce that they be man and wife together.”
Prince William was made the Duke of Cambridge on his wedding day by the Queen, Buckingham Palace announced.
The royal groom has been given the highest rank in British peerage - to mark his marriage to Kate Middleton. Miss Middleton has now become Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.
London was a blanket of red, white and blue as a million well-wishers came together to catch a glimpse of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s fairy-tale wedding.
Waving Union Jacks, the crowds roared with excitement as the newlyweds said their vows at Westminster Abbey before travelling in an open-top carriage to Buckingham Palace.
Thousands then waited at the palace gates to see the couple’s first public kiss - and were treated to two. Thousands more were watching on giant screens across London in Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square and at many more gardens, squares and street parties.
Westminster City Council said the Royal wedding was the capital’s largest ever event. Paul Reid, head of operations, said he estimated nearly a million people were on the streets of London.
As Kate Middleton was driven past crowds of well-wishers outside her new London home Clarence House, she looked happy and relaxed as she waved to spectators.
Crowds drummed up the loud chant ‘We want Kate, we want Kate’ in the moments before she arrived.
They waved flags and cheered as the Rolls-Royce Phantom VI went past, with Miss Middleton sat next to her father Michael.
Revellers had to pass through barriers and were subjected to searches by security guards. Many said they had given up hope of finding a place on the procession route.
Crowds around Buckingham Palace were bigger than police had predicted but a spokesman for Scotland Yard said the mood on the ground was ‘fantastic’.
He added: ‘The crowd has been tremendous, the mood fantastic. People have been coming forward to help police officers.’
Hundreds of people had camped for several days to get a glimpse of the happy couple. Tents littered the length of the barriers and were scattered around St James’s Park behind The Mall. There was a festival feel as well-wishers cleaned their teeth using bottles of water and queued outside rows of portable toilets.
Westminster City Council said today’s wedding was the capital’s largest ever event and was ‘miles ahead’ of last year’s Papal visit.

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