The Royal Wedding: William and Kate Say 'I Will'
By PopEater Staff Posted Apr 29th 2011 05:45AM
Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged vows in Westminster Abbey on Friday, making them the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. More than 1 million well-wishers looked on in the London streets and an estimated 2 billion tuned in to watch the fairy talk come true.
The couple said "I will" when directed by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. Middleton wore an ivory and white satin gown designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen and her hair was mostly down. William wore a red tunic of an Irish Guards officer, according to the AP. PopEater was watching the spectacle just like you and live-blogged accordingly.
Watch All the Highlights (the kiss is coming soon):
8:30 AM: With that, we're signing off. Check back at PopEater for more highlights from the wedding of the century!
8:26 AM: THE KISS. It was a quickie, followed minutes later by a slightly longer peck.
8:06 AM: A whole lot of waiting until that kiss.
7:34 AM: The clearly happy couple hop off the carriage and make their way in for a luncheon event at Buckingham Palace.
7:20 AM: Procession through London continues with Will and Kate's subjects showering them with love and screams. We're taking a moment to appreciate the QueenMobile, though. Very fetch.
7:11 AM: And the crowd goes wild! Procession through jolly old London begins!
7:09 AM: They have exited the Abbey and Prince William daintily puts his white gloves on as they board the carriage.
7:05 AM: Set to a very 'Star Wars'-sounding score, William and Kate emerge from behind the scenes to walk elegantly down the aisle as husband and wife. She is beaming and he can barely hold back a grin.
6:55 AM: The bride and groom have been escorted out for a quick minute to themselves.
6:51 AM: More singing, but this time a big hit: 'God Save The Queen' which for Americans sounds identical to 'My Country, 'Tis of Thee.' How many of you were belting "LET FREEDOM RING' at the end?
The Royal Wedding
In this image taken from video, Britain's Prince William, second left, looks at his bride, Kate Middleton, as they stand at the altar at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding in London on Friday, April, 29, 2011. (AP Photo/APTN) EDITORIAL USE ONLY NO ARCHIVE PHOTO TO BE USED SOLELY TO ILLUSTRATE NEWS REPORTING OR COMMENTARY ON THE FACTS OR EVENTS DEPICTED IN THIS IMAGE
6:44 AM: Guests get their 'Lord's Prayer' on following a gorgeous choral performance.
6:34: Following some more singing, the Rev. Richard Chartres does some lecturing on the awesomeness of marriage. Highlight: He quotes Chaucer, a "pithy poet."
6:24 AM: James Middleton, the Duchesses handsome bro, delivers a reading.
6:21 AM: Meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
6:20 AM: "I pronounce that they be man and wife together."
6:15 AM: William and Kate are exchanging vows.
6:08 AM: Wills just told his bride she looked beautiful! Swoon.
6:05 AM: It's all happening! Kate and her father walk down the aisle.
6:01 AM: Kate Middleton and her father are greeted by Pippa as arrived at Westminster Abbey, receiving a roaring cheer from the crowd. Kate's glowing!
5:56 AM: Kate's sister and maid of honor, Pippa, leads the young bridal party into the abbey.
5:51 AM: The bride has left the building! Kate Middleton and her father, Michael, are en route from the Goring Hotel to Westminster Abbey. From what we could see, the bride is dressed in a lace-bodiced, long-sleeved dress and veil, with her hair worn down.
5:48 AM: Queen Elizabeth II, dressed in a bright yellow ensemble complete with a yellow hat, and Prince Philip have arrived for their grandson's wedding, greeted by cheering crowds lining the street near the abbey. The couple were married in the same church in 1947.
5:45 AM: Prince Charles and wife Camilla Bowles have arrived for Prince William's wedding. Camilla in an Anna Valentine champagne dress, Philip Treacy headpiece, and Jimmy Choo shoes.
5:32 AM: Kate Middleton's mother, Carole, and brother, James, have arrived at Westminster Abbey.
5:25 AM: Prince William and Harry have arrived at the abbey and will chat with wedding guests for about 10 minutes before heading back to a private room for a quiet moment before the ceremony.
5:13 AM: Prince William and his best man and brother Prince Harry, both dressed in their military uniforms, have left Clarence House to make the short drive to Westminster Abbey.
5:03 AM: British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha have entered the tree-lined abbey.
5:00 AM: David and Victoria Beckham and Elton John and David Furnish have arrived at the abbey, along with Guy Richie, who is said to be a friend of Prince William.
The palace released a minute-by-minute official program Thursday for the procession and ceremony.
In addition to the schedule, a new portrait of the Kate Middleton and Prince William was also released, which was taken by the famed photographer Mario Testino.
And along with the black and white portrait was a personal message of thanks from the royal couple.
UsMagazine.com reports that the message reads, "We are both so delighted that you are able to join us in celebrating what we hope will be one of the happiest days of our lives. The affection shown to us by so many people during our engagement has been incredibly moving, and has touched us both deeply. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone most sincerely for their kindness."
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