The Royal Wedding
Prince William and Kate Middleton married in Westminster Abbey on Friday as 1 million people packed the streets and an estimated 2 billion more tuned in around the world to witness an event expected to revitalize the British monarchy.
The couple looked nervous but happy and got through their vows without stumbling before Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams pronounced them husband and wife. A million well-wishers _ as well as some protesters _ flooded into the historic environs surrounding Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and other London landmarks.
“Will, it's not too late!'' said one sign held aloft by an admirer dressed as a bride. About 1,900 guests were attendance, including soccer star David Beckham and musician Elton John. The couple are now known as the duke and duchess of Cambridge.
The Royal Couple took took an open-top car for a spin after the wedding, delighting the crowds outside of Buckingham Palace. William was behind the wheel of the dark blue Aston Martin “Volante'' festooned with ribbons, bows and balloons as it emerged from Buckingham Palace around 3:40 p.m. Friday.
Kate Middleton, now known as Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, was in the passenger seat of the car, whose license plate was marked “JU5T WED.'' The pair, still dressed in their wedding finery, waved to the crowd as they drove to Clarence House, about two minutes away.
All eyes were on the lacy white gown with the low neckline that Middleton wore to her wedding. It was designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen and was kept a secret from the public until the wedding. Middleton's“something borrowed'' was a tiara that was handed down to Queen Elizabeth on her 18th birthday.
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