Royal wedding: The day as it happened

Key points

  • Following a service at Westminster Abbey, Kate and William are now husband and wife
  • They kissed twice on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in front of huge crowds
  • The kisses were followed by a fly-past before the private events began inside the palace

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  1.  
    0600:

    Hello and welcome to the BBC News live coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Five months after becoming engaged, and 10 years after meeting at university, their wedding is just hours away.

     
  2.  
    0604: Sarah Bell BBC News, in central London

    There are already hundreds of people in Parliament Square but it's incredibly peaceful aside from the helicopters roaring overhead. Daytrippers are arriving while the intrepid campers pack away their tents. One mother is cooking scrambled egg for her sleepy family. At the moment it's extremely chilly so the crowds will need a bit of excitement to warm them up.

     
  3.  
    0608:

    We'll hope you'll stick with us all day for updates on the crowds in central London, the street parties throughout the country and the marriage ceremony itself, not to mention the guests, the carriages, the Royal Family, the dress and the anticipated kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

     
  4.  
    0614:

    Before the ceremony an announcement is expected on Miss Middleton's title. When she marries Prince William she becomes Princess William of Wales, but traditionally the monarch bestows a new title to mark a wedding. Will she become a duchess?

     
  5.  
    0618:

    About 1,900 guests have been invited to the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, around 650 people to the lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace given by the Queen, and about 300 people to the dinner at Buckingham Palace given by The Prince of Wales, where there will be dancing and singing.

     
  6.  
    0620:

    A quick look at the morning's papers. Many of them, including the Sun and the Daily Mirror, are using the official wedding shot of William and Kate, taken by Mario Testino. The Times and the Daily Mail have picked images of the bride-to-be waving at the crowds outside her hotel last night. Ever the insurgent, the Independent has a montage of celebratory pictures on its front page, but adds at the bottom: "Not interested in the royal wedding? Turn now to page 6."

     
  7.  
    0623:

    Amid the last minute preparations on Thursday, Prince William took time for an impromptu walkabout on The Mall, near Buckingham Palace, shaking hands and chatting. He spent the evening with the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.

     
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    0626:

    Miss Middleton and her family spent last night at the Goring Hotel, in Belgravia, a short distance from Westminster Abbey, where they had booked out the entire place.

     
  9.  
    0629: Sarah Bell BBC News, in central London

    Outside the abbey, a group of teenage girls bedecked in Union flags are already screaming. Not sure how long they'll be able to keep that up. One woman who has travelled from Colombia is sporting a bridal gown with a single clear aim in mind. "I want to marry Prince Harry," Mary Bustamante says.

     
  10.  
    0633:

    After an unusually hot April, there has been great anticipation of a sunny day. BBC Weather forecasts mostly dry and cloudy at first but sunny spells developing through the morning. However, scattered heavy, perhaps thundery, showers may develop by early afternoon. The Glass Coach is on standby for the post-wedding drive if the open carriage is deemed unsuitable.

     
  11.  
    0635:

    With the formal part of the day timed to the minute by Clarence House, the first public glimpse of the bride could be at 10:51 BST when Miss Middleton is scheduled to leave her hotel for Westminster Abbey. Will we get any hints about the dress before then?

     
  12.  
    0638:

    Standing outside the Goring Hotel, the BBC's Nick Higham says Kate's dress designer might have been spotted on Thursday - a woman with her head swathed in a hood dashed into the hotel. Obviously trying to keep her identity secret for the time being.

     
  13.  
    0641: Peter Hunt, royal correspondent

    writes: Good Morning from W Abbey. The stage is set for a personal commitment by 2 people - and a moment of renewal for the monarchy. #BBCWedding

     
  14.  
    0644:

    James Cook, BBC Scotland Correspondent, says 2,000 people are turning up at St Andrews for a wedding event. The organiser says he hoped the roar at the venue when the kiss takes place will be as loud as in London.

     
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    0648:

    Festivities are also planned on Anglesey where the couple have been living while William works as an RAF rescue helicopter pilot. Some 5,000 people are expected to join the knees-up.

     
  16.  
    0652:

    Hilary Alexander of The Daily Telegraph has a bit more on the possible identity of the dress designer. She says the hooded woman entering the Goring yesterday was wearing a distinctive studded leather belt doubled through the belt loops of her jeans - identical to the one favoured by Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen. The ballet pumps on her feet were also a signature.

     
  17.  
    0654:

    Wedding fever has spread world-wide - even, or perhaps especially, in countries without a monarchy like the US. Bruce Orwall, of the Wall Street Journal, says that even though the US was founded on breaking away from Britain, it has not quite managed to break free from a fascination with the Royal Family.

     
  18.  
    0657:

    The BBC's Nick Bryant in Sydney says the wedding has dealt a blow to the Australian republican movement, which has found itself on "the wrong side of rolling news" and can't compete with the romance and glamour. "A dry constitutional counter-narrative is up against a love story," he says.

     
  19.  
    0700:

    There are still critics, however, and one of them, former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie, tells the BBC there's been "a cloak of secrecy" around Miss Middleton, which he objects to. "We are funding her, and we should know more about her," he says.

     
  20.  
    0702: Westminster Abbey

    tweets: Florists about to do final check inside @wabbey. Guests will start to arrive from 8 am. #rw2011

     
  21.  
    0705:

    Today's ceremony will be a roll-call of royalty, with more than 50 members from home shores, and another 40 or so from foreign monarchies. Among them will be the King of Tonga, whose predecessor had his own chair, to accommodate his size, at Charles' and Diana's wedding.

     
  22.  
    0708:

    A bit of news just in. Buckingham Palace has decided to brave the weather and is rolling out the open-topped 1902 State Landau carriage for the married couple's journey from the abbey.

     
  23.  
    0711:

    Qing Qing, London correspondent for Chinese state broadcaster CCTV says people in China had been fascinated by the storybook image of the occasion. "We still have the memory of these romantic stories, fairy stories where the prince marries a beautiful girl and they live happily ever after. So I think this story of William and Kate might be like a fairy story for all the Chinese people."

     
  24.  
    0713: Heidi Blake of The Daily Telegraph

    tweets: Steady trickle of guests arriving at Goring carrying suits in folded cases. Lights on in upstairs windows. It's all underway! #royalwedding

     
  25.  
    0716:

    We're still in the dark about Kate's attire but we know William will be wearing the uniform of Colonel of the Irish Guards. That means a red tunic with a gold and crimson sash and a cap. He'll have his RAF wings pinned to the sash, but he's leaving his sword at home, we're told.

     
  26.  
    0718:

    For the thousands of people lining the route, large speakers will broadcast the wedding service, and there are big screens in Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square.

     
  27.  
    0720:

    The Dean of Westminster, Dr John Hall, tells the BBC he's sure the service "will have a strong sense of intimacy" despite the crowds, the pressure and the huge church. Of Prince William and Harry's arrival at 1015 BST at the abbey, he says they want to come in and spend some time talking to their guests, before entering a side chapel for about 10 to 15 minutes where they can relax and be alone.

     
  28.  
    0724: Sarah Bell BBC News, in central London

    Typical British stoicism from the overnight campers. "It wasn't too bad," says Sarah Burns from Ongar in Essex. She and friend slept on the pavement while their children took the tent. "It's just a great atmosphere," she added. First stepladders spotted - brought by resourceful people desperate to secure a good view.

     
  29.  
    0728:

    A bit more on outfits. Prince Harry will be wearing the uniform of a Captain of the Household Cavalry, Blues and Royals. Navy blue, with a gold belt, it'll be adorned with his RAF wings and his Afghanistan campaign medal. As an Admiral of the Royal Navy, Harry and William's father Prince Charles will be wearing the service's ceremonial Number One Dress.

     
  30.  
    0731: Jamie Wood

    tweets: In terms of defining images, the Downing St cat in a patriotic bow tie will take some beating, http://tinyurl.com/6hhv42t #royalwedding

     
  31.  
    0734:

    We've had some details of the ceremony itself. When it comes to the wording of the wedding ceremony, Miss Middleton will vow to "love, comfort, honour and keep" her husband, but she will not be promising to "obey" him.

     
  32.  
    0737:

    Other royal nuptials down the ages include King George VI and Lady Elizabeth Bowes on 26 April, 1923; The Queen and Philip on 20 November 1947; Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones (6 May 1960), Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson (23 July 1986) and Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips (14 November 1973).

     
  33.  
    0736:

    We also know how today fits into the long history of the abbey. This will be the 16th royal wedding to take place in Westminster Abbey since King Henry I and Princess Matilda of Scotland married on 11 November 1100.

     
  34.  
    0740:

    A white awning has been erected over the entrance of the Goring Hotel, presumably to prevent any glimpses of Miss Middleton's dress before her abbey arrival.

     
  35.  
    Ross Lydall, royal correspondent, London Evening Standard

    tweets: William's red tunic made by Russell Kashket. "We remind the world that if you buy cheap you will buy twice," he said. #royalwedding

     
  36.  
    0744:

    The gilded invitations were posted in February, but not everyone accepted. Ireland rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll turned down his invite because he wanted to prepare for Leinster's Heineken Cup match on Saturday. And the Crown Prince of Bahrain had hoped to attend, but unrest at home has prevented that. Among the famous faces who did accept though are David and Victoria Beckham and Elton John.

     
  37.  
    Clarence House

    tweets the view from inside Buckingham Palace: The Mall is already full of people waiting to see Prince William and Catherine Middleton on their big day #rw2011 http://twitpic.com/4quhm5

     
  38.  
    0751:

    The dress is a secret, but we know that Miss Middleton's wedding ring - a delicate band - has been made from Welsh gold by family jewellers Wartski, who are based in Llandudno. Wartski also made the wedding rings for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall when they tied the knot in 2005.

     
  39.  
    0753:

    The BBC's Sarah Bell says: "Refreshment stands are charging \u00a31.60 for a cup of tea. Not an austerity wedding there."

     
  40.  
    0754:

    About 20 minutes to go now until the doors of the abbey open and guests start arriving.

     
  41.  
    0758:

    The balcony at Buckingham Palace - where the couple and Royal Family will appear after the ceremony - has been draped with gold-fringed red fabric.

     
  42.  
    0801:

    Prince William has been given the title of the Duke of Cambridge by the Queen. His wife will be Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.

     
  43.  
    0803:

    William has also become the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus, Buckingham Palace announces.

     
  44.  
    0804:

    Miss Middleton will also become the Countess of Strathearn and Baroness Carrickfergus.

     
  45.  
    0806:

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, who will marry the couple, has told the BBC how he's feeling: "Very excited, very positive. I always look forward to weddings and this is a really rather special one, and just getting to know the couple a little bit and seeing how they think about it has really been a very positive thing. They strike me as deeply sensible, realistic, but also people with strong ideals about marriage and about other things."

     
  46.  
    Nicky Campbell, BBC Radio 5 live

    tweets: picture of Claire Jones the royal harpist #bbcwedding http://twitpic.com/4qup56

     
  47.  
    0808:

    Charles Kidd, editor of Debrett's Peerage, says of the dukedom: "It's a well-known place and I think it will have some resonance with the public."

     
  48.  
    0812:

    The last Duke of Cambridge, like Prince William, married a commoner for love. Prince George, known as the 2nd Duke of Cambridge, was born in 1819. He was a grandson of George III and the only son of Prince Adolphus Frederick, the 1st Duke of Cambridge.

     
  49.  
    0815:

    The Great North Door of Westminster Abbey is about to be opened for the first guests to take their seats.

     
  50.  
    0820: Sarah Bell BBC News, in central London

    Among the younger fans is Esther MacFarlane, 4. She has a blue party dress and red shoes, but has drawn the line at red, white, and blue hairbands, her mum Lindsey says. This reporter is rather jealous of her Kate paper doll with changeable outfits.

     
  51.  

    Students who attend Westminster Abbey twice a year for church services are reporting live on the royal wedding for BBC News School Report. Tiffany, 14, from the Grey Coat Hospital School said: "The abbey is really beautiful and I think it's cool that other people are coming into 'our church'. The wedding will have a lasting impact, especially for people of our age, because we weren't alive when all the other UK monarchs were married. The memory is something to pass down to our grandchildren."

     
  52.  
    Martha Kearney

    tweets: So far have spotted Simon Schama, Andrew Roberts, Andrew Morton. What is collective noun for Royal watchers? #royalwedding

     
  53.  
    0824:

    There are traditionally telegrams at weddings from guests who couldn't make it. But in a more 21st Century fashion, the royal couple have been sent some good wishes and congratulations from the International Space Station.

     
  54.  
    Suzanne

    tweets: It is getting kinda pushy shovey now, have to throw an elbow #inthecrowdattheroyalwedding

     
  55.  
    0825:

    There's already a considerable crowd in Hyde Park in front of the giant television screens. They're screaming and waving their flags with great gusto - can they keep it up all day?

     
  56.  
    0827:

    Writing in the Australian newspaper, Emma-Kate Symons says Kate Middleton is "the idealised expression of modern Britain and, by extension, Australia. Middle class, socially fairly conservative, pragmatic, materialistic, bland but always aspirational, Kate is the female embodiment of many of our society's values." This, she writes, means Australia is "very likely stuck with the British monarchy for longer than expected".

     
  57.  
    0828:

    Just looking over at the abbey and a queue of guests - all in their finery - is building up. Plenty of military uniforms among them.

     
  58.  
    Westminster Abbey

    tweets: Excitement is building as the Great North door is opened ready to receive the first guests #rw2011

     
  59.  
    0829:

    When it comes to the religious roles for the day, the Dean of Westminster will conduct the service, the Archbishop of Canterbury will marry the couple, and the Bishop of London - a personal friend of Prince Charles - will give the address.

     
  60.  
    0830:

    There will be some controversial faces among the 1,900 guests at Westminster Abbey. Among them are Swaziland's King Mswati III - Africa's last absolute monarch. He arrived in London with an entourage numbering up to 50, including at least one of his 14 wives. The BBC's southern Africa correspondent says protesters are planning to disrupt his visit, after he quashed planned pro-democracy protests back home last month.

     
  61.  
    0833:

    Perhaps surprisingly, it's first-come-first-served for the majority of guests inside the abbey. No wonder they're queuing already!

     
  62.  
    0832: Sarah Bell BBC News, in central London

    Also on reporting duties is former Conservative MP Michael Portillo, working for a Sunday newspaper. "It's quite an amazing atmosphere actually, even better than I thought," he says.

     
  63.  
    0835:

    We can now see inside the abbey for the first time since it was shut for public viewing on Tuesday. It's been transformed with a red carpet and an avenue of field maples. Apparently, Miss Middleton was very keen to bring nature into the service.

     
  64.  
    0836:

    After today the trees will be planted at Highgrove House. Maples, by the way, traditionally represent modesty.

     
  65.  
    0837: Sarah Bell BBC News, in central London

    Price of flags has dropped to a pound. Wish the chap selling vuvuzelas would clear off.

     
  66.  
    Jenn Thomas

    tweets: @BBCRoyalWedding ready for the world to witness ALL THE GRANDEUR that only the Brits can showcase! Bring on the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge

     
  67.  
    0843:

    Royal commentator Katie Nicholl tells the BBC that Kate's sister Pippa is her rock, her best friend. Today Pippa is maid of honour and as well as helping the bride, she'll have a gaggle of small bridesmaids and page boys to control.

     
  68.  
    0844:

    A procession of hats and fascinators - those floral or feathery adornments worn in the hair, for the uninitiated - are filing into the abbey.

     
  69.  
    0845:

    For the thousands of people lining the route, large speakers will broadcast the wedding service, and there are big screens in Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square.

     
  70.  
    Grazia Live

    tweets: And, they're on their way into the abbey! Fascinator watch: approx. 27 spotted already...

     
  71.  
    0847:

    Sir Clive Woodward, former England rugby coach, is talking to the BBC before he takes his seat in the abbey. He says he feels a bit nervous on William and Kate's behalf - but also very "proud to be British". He says both William and Harry are big rugby fans and "genuine guys".

     
  72.  
    0852:

    We've just spotted several mini-buses heading to Goring Hotel which we think contain the bridesmaids and page boys. The bridesmaids are: Lady Louise Windsor, seven years old, the daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wesses; the Hon Margarita Armstrong-Jones, aged 8, daughter of Viscount Linley; Grace van Cutsem, 3, Prince William's god-daughter; and Eliza Lopes, also aged three, grand-daughter of the Duchess of Cornwall.

     
  73.  
    0850:

    The first pictures from inside Westminster Abbey

    The first picture from inside Westminster Abbey Eight trees line the aisle.
     
  74.  
    0854: Sarah Bell BBC News, in central London

    A veteran of royal weddings is Jill Sutton - she was on The Mall to watch Charles and Diana 30 years ago. "It's just the atmosphere and excitement, everyone is so happy. I wouldn't miss it," she says.

     
  75.  
    0858:

    As the camera pans around the abbey, the floral arrangements are finally on display. The high altar is dressed with foliage and flowers, setting off some of the abbey's treasures that have been put on display for the occasion.

     
  76.  
    0856:

    Japan's Imperial family will not be among the dignitaries gathering at Westminster Abbey. Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako were due to go, but they cancelled their plans following the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March.

     
  77.  
    0900:

    Sir John Madejski, chairman of Reading Football Club, has arrived at the abbey. He tells the BBC that all guests have been told to bring a utility bill. He went for council tax. We wonder what that's all about...

     
  78.  
    Via Twitter Clarence House

    tweets: Find out full details of the wedding dress first here @ClarenceHouse #rw2011 #royalwedding

     
  79.  
    0902:

    The Prince of Wales's spokesman, Paddy Harverson, describes how Kate has handled the last few days. "I've seen her every day this week, she's been in cracking form, really relaxed, that's what's amazed us all. Really taking it in her stride. Clearly, today, I bet she's a bag of nerves, but she's just been wonderful. Having her family with her all week and staying at the Goring last night as a family I think has really helped."

     
  80.  
    0904:

    "Perhaps more than any other single event, the royal wedding Friday is exposing the members of the British royal family for what they really are: the original global celebrities," Anthony Faiola writes in the Washington Post. "Although the sun set long ago on the British Empire, the royals, for all their foibles, still give this quaint and foggy land outsize importance."

     
  81.  
    Nick Higham Correspondent

    tweets: Bridesmaids arrive (in civvies) at Goring Hotel in minibuses #bbcwedding

     
  82.  

    Just to prove it's not just Londoners who've put the flags out - here's a shot of a bit of a do at Cresswell in Northumberland.

    Street party at a caravan park A street party at a caravan park
     
  83.  
    0906:

    The Rolls Royce that will take Miss Middleton to the abbey is now making it's way to her hotel. The good news is it's got pretty big windows so hopefully we'll get a decent view of that frock!

     
  84.  
    0908: Sarah Bell BBC News, in central London

    The number of onlookers arriving on The Mall has noticeably increased in the last half hour.

     
  85.  
    0909:

    Prince Harry's on-off girlfriend Chelsy Davy has arrived at the abbey - her dress is emerald green and the outfit is topped off with a fascinator.

     
  86.  
    0911:

    Head adornments appear to be pretty much mandatory for the ladies. Some are very traditional - pill box shapes and the like - but others are much more quirky. Just spotted a red one that looks a bit like a treble clef.

     
  87.  
    0912:

    China's Xinhua news network is running a very large - and very pink - special page on the wedding. Western-style weddings are hugely popular in China, and this event is being followed closely. Earlier this month, one couple spent a reported 50,000 yuan (\u00a34,600: $7,600) on a "royal theme" wedding, complete with horses, Union flags and uniformed guards.

     
  88.  
    0914:

    The crowds on The Mall are being entertained with some stirring music from various military bands.

     
  89.  
    0916:

    Here's a shot of Miss Middleton's car on its way to her hotel.

    The royal car The big windows should hopefully let us see the dress
     
  90.  
    0915:

    Lucy Yeomans, editor of Harper's Bazaar, tells Sky News that a lot of people are having fun with their outfits. Chelsy Davy, however, has opted for a very modest dress by Alberta Ferreti, she adds.

     
  91.  
    0918:

    Sean lives in Dubai but travelled back to the UK to watch the wedding on the big screen in Hyde Park. He told Al-Jazeera the event had made him proud to be British. "Having this just brings people together. It's a global community, it's not just English, not just British - there are so many communities from across the world who are part of this."

     
  92.  
    0919: Sarah Bell BBC News, in central London

    First real excitement as a band makes their way up The Mall. Most people could only see the tops of their bearskin helmets.

     
  93.  
    0922:

    The Beckhams have arrived. Victoria is wearing a dark slash-neck dress from her own autumn-winter 2011 collection. She's also sporting a small circular hat perched on the front of her head. Husband David has gone for a Ralph Lauren suit, slicked-back hairstyle and a pale grey tie and wing-collared white shirt. His CBE medal is pinned to his lapel.

     
  94.  
    0923:

    Libby from Ohio was waiting outside Buckingham Palace to spot the wedding procession. She told the BBC watching someone become a princess was "the next best thing" to being one herself.

     
  95.  
    Clarence House

    tweets: Westminster Abbey has a 3D app of the inside of the Abbey, showing the route Catherine Middleton will take http://bit.ly/dIycZB #rw2011

     
  96.  
    0925:

    The Beckhams arrive at the abbey.

    David and Victoria Beckham David wearing Ralph Lauren and Victoria wearing her own creation
     
  97.  
    0926:

    Aerial shots of Trafalgar Square show it packed to what must be almost bursting. Hopefully even those at the back will be able to see the big screen.

     
  98.  
    0928:

    Among the many horses parading today will be William and Catherine, Valerian and Viper (named after a character from the movie Top Gun), and Beatrice (named after the princess of York).

     
  99.  
    0930:

    Earl Spencer, William's uncle, has arrived at the abbey. We've also spotted a few more famous faces - comic Rowan Atkinson and Australian swimming champion Ian Thorpe, aka the Thorpedo.

     
  100.  
    Jonathan Agnew, Correspondent

    tweets from where he will be commentating: On air on Radio 4 in an hour #BBCwedding http://twitpic.com/4qvim7

    Jonathan Agnew's view of the wedding
     
  101.  
    Peter Hunt Royal correspondent

    tweets: Diana's brother Earl Spencer queuing up to enter abbey. Will he have to show a gas bill as ID? #BBCWedding

     
  102.  
    Nick Higham Correspondent

    tweets: Consensus here at Goring that mystery dress designer is Sarah Burton. We'll all look silly if it isn't #bbcwedding

     
  103.  
    0935:

    Sam Waley-Cohen, champion jockey and friend of Prince William, says he thinks Kate will be "absolutely terrified" this morning. We're told that Mr Waley-Cohen played an instrumental role in getting the couple back together after they split in 2008.

     
  104.  
    0936:

    Prime Minister David Cameron, who says he slept on The Mall for Charles and Diana's wedding, tells Sky News: "It's a young couple who love each other but it's also about the invaluable institution of the monarchy. People will be watching all across the world and seeing the best of British."

     
  105.  
    0937:

    It's very early morning in Canada, but Bonnie Bertelsen - on Prince Edward Island - told the BBC World Service she had been baking fresh scones for a breakfast wedding party. "It's quite exciting - they're a young couple, they're modern, they're very much a part of now. I think everyone is anxious for some happy news. It's an excuse for a party."

     
  106.  
    0938:

    Another eye-catching hat, this time from socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson - her's is electric blue and very tall. It's sat forward on her head like Victoria Beckham's.

     
  107.  
    0941:

    Prime Minister David Cameron is now talking to the BBC's Matt Baker. He's wearing a morning suit - you might remember "tails-gate" - and says he hopes the people who slept outside last night weren't too uncomfortable. He says Miss Middleton and Prince William will bring "humour and a great sense of duty" to the Royal Family.

     
  108.  
    0941:

    The prime minister says his gift to the couple is a collection of photographs of Anglesey so that wherever they end up they can remember their time there fondly.

     
  109.  
    0943:

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson says he's hired his suit from Pam at Moss Bros in London's Fenchurch Street. He tells the BBC his present for the couple is a tandem bicycle - fitting given the "Boris bike" hire scheme that's been rolled out across London.

     
  110.  
    0945: Sarah Bell BBC News, in central London

    A band is playing some cheesy disco classics. Helping to build a party atmosphere.

     
  111.  
    0946:

    A number of politicians are walking down the red carpet in the abbey now. Just spotted Speaker of the Commons John Bercow and his wife. TV presenter Ben Fogle and film director Guy Ritchie are also milling about.

     
  112.  
    Sarah Lyall of the New York Times

    tweets: So many friendly happy police officers here #royalwedding!

     
  113.  
    0947:

    Australia Post says it hopes to release a 60-cent stamp featuring images from the wedding by Monday. Spokeswoman Sarah Gordon said the earlier print of 40-cent stamps had almost sold out. "It has been very popular indeed," she told ABC News.

     
  114.  
    Clarence House

    tweets: Want to see the flowers up close? Visit our Flickr gallery http://bit.ly/iNzMHx #rw2011 #royalwedding

     
  115.  
    0948:

    Miss Middleton's hairdressers Richard Ward and James Price have told the BBC they've had quite a few practice runs to get today's do right - although they're not giving us any clues on what it'll be like. They say they feel really honoured to be involved.

     
  116.  
    0949:

    Celebrations are going on at St Andrew's University where William and Miss Middleton first met.

    Students at St Andrew's University More than 2,000 people are partying in St Andrew's
     
  117.  
    0950:

    Here comes Sir John Major. The former prime minister was appointed as a guardian to William when his mother died. He won't be joined by his Labour successors Tony Blair and Gordon Brown though - they weren't invited.

     
  118.  
    Peter Hunt Royal correspondent

    tweets: Spotted 3 Catholic leaders entering what was once a Catholic Abbey. #BBCWedding

     
  119.  
    0951:

    Briton Ruth Sims works with sick children at a hospital in Kampala, Uganda. She told BBC World Service her "weak and severely malnourished" patients would be holding a wedding party today, at their own request. Two of the children will be dressing up as William and Kate and, just for today, the doctors will be allowing the children to eat cake and sweets.

     
  120.  
    0952:

    Elton John and David Furnish have arrived. Elton is wearing a bespoke Richards James morning suit, while his partner is in Henry Poole.

     
  121.  
    0953:

    Just to keep you up to speed on the timetable. We're expecting William and Harry at the abbey by 1015 BST. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are due at 1042 and the Queen and Prince Philip at 1045.

     
  122.  
    0954:

    "This is the experience of a lifetime. This is what England is about," Nav from Melbourne in Australia told BBC World Service. She is out on the streets with the crowds near Buckingham Palace. Also there is Joyce from Brazil, who said: "I'm about to get married so I had to come, to get some ideas!"

     
  123.  
    0955:

    More politicians are arriving, including Home Secretary Theresa May. She often goes for quite adventurous fashion statements, but today she looks relatively conservative (or should that be a big C?) in a beige frock coat and matching hat.

     
  124.  
    0956:

    It's just 15 minutes before the princes leave Clarence House for the abbey. Miss Middleton and William will travel separately to the abbey in State cars. These cars travel at around 9mph (14km/h) on processional occasions, and sometimes as slow as 3mph.

     
  125.  
    Daisy

    tweets: somewhere in the world, at 3am their time, someone is dressed up for the royal wedding. #justsayin #itsnotme #royalwedding

     
  126.  
    0957:

    The Australian media have been pleased to see Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Ian Thorpe arrive at the abbey. Of course, instead of his usual work attire he was wearing what ABC News described as a "swanky suit".

     
  127.  
    0959: Tom Geoghegan BBC News, Washington DC

    It takes some dedication to get up at 4am on a normal working day to watch another country's royal wedding. But nearly 200 people are assembling in the grand surroundings of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel ballroom in Washington DC to do just that. The dress code appears to be Ascot-inspired and breakfast, English of course, awaits.

     
  128.  
    1000:

    Two choirs, one orchestra and two fanfare teams will perform the music at the wedding.

     
  129.  
    1001:

    An hour to go until the bride walks down the aisle. Stick with us.

     
  130.  
    1002:

    Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has arrived - wearing peach. Despite her republican views, Ms Gillard has said that having been invited "it's appropriate that I attend".

     
  131.  
    Cassandra Vinograd, AP Correspondent

    tweets: Journos in position to watch #royalwedding... Typing tweeting and filing like mad. Now everyone is getting excited, we are getting briefed

     
  132.  
    1005:

    David and Samantha Cameron have just entered the abbey. Mrs Cameron is wearing a short-sleeved, jade green, knee-length dress. She's one of few women to shun a hat - opting for a jewelled hair clip instead.

     
  133.  
    1007:

    Foreign Secretary William Hague arrives with wife Ffion in a wheelchair with what appears to be a broken leg.

     
  134.  
    1009:

    The prime minister and his wife joined deputy PM Nick Clegg and Chancellor George Osborne and their respective wives.

    David and Samantha Cameron at Westminster Abbey Samantha Cameron carried a bright orange wrap
     
  135.  
    1012:

    Prince William and his brother - and best man - Prince Harry leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey.

     
  136.  
    1014: Sarah Bell BBC News, in central London

    Chants of "We want Will" ringing out.

     
  137.  
    1015:

    There are wild screams from the crowd as William and Harry emerge, resplendent in their military uniforms. The princes wave back with big smiles on their faces.

     
  138.  
    1016:

    Mother-of-the-bride Carole Middleton has reportedly gone for a sky blue silk Catherine Walker dress. She'll also be wearing a matching blue frock coat.

     
  139.  
    1017:

    The crowds got a good view of the princes as they made the short journey.

    Prince William heads to the Abbey William is wearing the uniform of Colonel in the Irish Guards
     
  140.  
    1018:

    William and Harry arrive at Westminster Abbey.

     
  141.  
    1019: Therese Jastrzebski

    tweets: William looks so dapper! #RoyalWedding #rw2011

     
  142.  
    1020:

    William gives another wave to the crowds outside the abbey as the bells ring out in celebration. In the doorway, he takes off his white gloves and hat - and quickly smoothes down his hair.

     
  143.  
    1022: Westminster Abbey

    tweets: The London Chamber Orchestra provides music before the service, conducted by Christopher Warren-Green #rw2011

     
  144.  
    1023:

    The princes are now led right through the abbey by the Receiver General. Once at the front they say hello to select guests, including the Spencer family.

     
  145.  
    1023:

    In the New York Times, John F Burns writes that the London crowds seems slightly smaller than might have been expected. "But whatever the turnout, the wedding has already shown the extent of the bedrock support for the monarchy in Britain, despite 25 years in which it has been sorely tested by the divorces and indiscretions of the royals."

     
  146.  
    Jason

    tweets: William and Harry looking incredibly sharp. Nice work lads! #RoyalWedding #BBCWedding

     
  147.  
    1025:

    The princes have now gone off into a private room. As they do so, other foreign royals are continuing to arrive. Prince Albert of Monaco and the King of Tonga have just walked in.

     
  148.  
    1026:

    Kate's mother Carole and brother James are now on their way from the Goring Hotel to the abbey.

     
  149.  
    1027: Liz Miller

    tweets:Totally just had a dream I was responsible for transporting Kate Middleton's wedding dress to her and I left it on the subway.

     
  150.  
    1027:

    "I'm so excited," a young US woman on the royal wedding route tells BBC World Service. "We used to put posters of William and Harry on our walls - and now they are coming down the street!"

     
  151.  
    1028: Sarah Bell BBC News, in central London

    At last, some action. Series of cars and minibuses head up the Mall. People perched on railings providing essential commentary as it's rather tricky to see from the back.

     
  152.  
    1031:

    Prince William "doesn't look nervous at all - he's just beaming ear to ear," Yvonne Yorke, royal correspondent for the Huffington Post, tells BBC World Service.

     
  153.  
    1032:

    Carole Middleton and her son James arrive at the abbey. The mother of the bride is wearing a very pale, almost ice blue outfit, while her son is in a tail coat.

     
  154.  
    Leon Neal, a photographer with AFP

    tweets: First royals about to leave the Palace. Minor ones though as they're in a minibus. I doubt Brenda's crammed in the back...

     
  155.  
    1033:

    Mrs Middleton's outfit is by Catherine Walker, a favourite designer of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. We understand she went through a number of possible outfits before settling on this one.

     
  156.  
    Sarah Peacock

    tweets: Kate's mom looks fantastic! #royalwedding

     
  157.  
    1035:

    The Duke of York and his daughters, princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, leave the palace. There's another burst of screaming from the crowds as they drive down The Mall.

     
  158.  
    1036:

    BBC News website users from around the world have been sending their pictures showing how they are celebrating the day

    Thailand street party George Spurs celebrated at a street party in Thailand.

    Send your pictures to yourpics@bbc.co.uk

     
  159.  
    1037:

    Members of the extended Royal Family arrive at the abbey. They include the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

     
  160.  
    Angelica Areskina

    tweets: Think all the guests have already arrived. Now it's Kate's turn. C'mon Kate, we all are absolutely impatient n breathless!

     
  161.  
    1038:

    Mrs Middleton's outfit was an instant hit with fashion commentators.

    Carol Middleton arrives Carol Middleton and her son James
     
  162.  
    1039:

    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall leave Buckingham Palace.

     
  163.  
    Glen Shorey

    tweets: Royalist or not, seeing Will and Harry in their uniforms sent a tingle down my spine... and reminds me this is significant history!!! #rw11

     
  164.  
    1041:

    Prince Charles and Camilla get a royal salute from the massed military as their car - a 1950 Phantom 4 - drives through Horse Guards Arch.

     
  165.  
    1043:

    The Queen and Prince Philip leave Buckingham Palace.

     
  166.  
    1043:

    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the abbey.

     
  167.  
    1044:

    The Duchess of Cornwall is wearing a champagne silk dress and a duck egg blue and champagne coat. The dress and coat are both designed by Anna Valentine - the designer the duchess chose for her own wedding in 2005.

     
  168.  
    1045:

    The Queen is wearing a bright yellow hat and coat. The Duke of Edinburgh is in red military attire.

     
  169.  
    1046: Sarah Bell BBC News, in central London

    The Queen's yellow outfit generates possibly the most excitement so far. "That was amazing," one woman shouts from atop a railing.

     
  170.  
    1047:

    The Queen and Prince Philip arrive at Westminster Abbey.

     
  171.  
    1049:

    British historian Simon Schama told the BBC the wedding was "simultaneously magnificent and very simple". He said that if the monarchy is to survive, "which in my view it will, it has to have that cleverness about a simple connection with everybody in the country".

     
  172.  
    1050:

    The Queen and Prince Philip are now entering the abbey to a dramatic trumpet fanfare from the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry.

     
  173.  
    1050: Marie Claire UK

    tweets: Kate Middleton has left the Goring and her hair is DOWN. Repeat, the Middleton mane is flowing free #royalwedding

     
  174.  
    1051:

    Kate Middleton leaves the Goring Hotel.

     
  175.  
    1052:

    We can now see Kate inside the car. Her hair is down, she's wearing a veil, and we can see her dress has long lace sleeves.

     
  176.  
    Zephyr

    tweets: I honestly didn't think I'd be enjoying this so much, but all the pomp and pageantry is really getting me. So fab. #royalwedding

     
  177.  
    1053:

    Miss Middleton is now waving at the crowds - just caught a glimpse of a tiara under her veil.

     
  178.  
    1054:

    A quick snap of the Queen in yellow...

    The Queen arrives at the Abbey The Queen in matching hat and coat
     
  179.  
    1056:

    Kate's sister and maid of honour Pippa Middleton arrives at the abbey with the young bridesmaids and page boys.

     
  180.  
    1056:

    The page boys are 10-year-old Billy Lowther-Pinkerton, son of William's private secretary, and eight-year-old Tom Pettifer, son of William's friend Charles and also the prince's god-son.

     
  181.  
    1057:

    Here comes the bride...

    Kate Middleton Kate Middleton on her way to the abbey
     
  182.  
    1058:

    Pippa Middleton is wearing a long cream dress with a cowl neck.

     
  183.  
    1100:

    Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey.

     
  184.  
    Amy Georgina

    tweets: Oh my god, it looks amazing! Almost Grace Kelly-esque. I'm in tears already!!

     
  185.  
    1101:

    Miss Middleton gets out of the car and we get a full view of the dress - which we now know was designed by Sarah Burton.

     
  186.  
    1103:

    She is now walking into the abbey on her father's arm. The dress has a long full skirt, the top is a fitted bodice with long French Chantilly lace sleeves. The tiara has been loaned to Kate by the Queen. The train is 2.7m long.

     
  187.  
    1103:

    The BBC's Laura Trevelyan in New York says the wedding is being shown on a huge screen under Manhattan Bridge. There are cheers from the flag-waving crowds as they first see Kate, she says. Women say they love the lace sleeves.

     
  188.  
    1103:

    The first real glimpse of that dress...

    Kate Middleton Kate's dress is by British designer Sarah Burton
     
  189.  
    1104:

    The BBC's Ed Stourton, who is inside the abbey, says some of those young bridesmaids and page boys look terrified as they enter the huge building.

     
  190.  
    1104:

    William and Harry are now taking their place at the front of the abbey.

     
  191.  
    Jo Elvin, editor of Glamour magazine

    tweets: So pleased for Sarah Burton, what an amzing job she has done at McQueen in tragic/trying circumstances. Amazing achievement.

     
  192.  
    1105:

    Kate Middleton is walking down the aisle of Westminster Abbey.

     
  193.  
    Ctopanga

    tweets: I love how minimal (in comparison) everything is - the tiara, bouquet, train. She made wonderful choices.

     
  194.  
    1109:

    Pippa Middleton is holding the hands of two little bridesmaids.

     
  195.  
    1109:

    Prince William and Kate are standing side by side at the altar.

     
  196.  
    1112:

    Kate has lifted her veil. The Guardian newspaper reported that Prince William said "you look beautiful" when she arrived at his side.

     
  197.  
    1113:

    Dean of Westminster has started the ceremony.

     
  198.  
    1114:

    Just a quick note. The live page is proving hugely popular and the demand is giving us a few headaches with our video feeds. Bear with us please, we're working on it.

     
  199.  
    1115:

    The Archbishop of Canterbury asks if any man can show just cause why they cannot be joined, let him speak now. There is silence.

     
  200.  
    1116:

    William and Kate are both speaking their wedding vows.

     
  201.  
    1117:

    Catherine, taking Prince William by his right hand, says after the Archbishop: I, Catherine Elizabeth, take thee, William Arthur Philip Louis, to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse: for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy law; and thereto I give thee my troth.

     
  202.  
    1118:

    The Archbishop blesses the ring: Bless, O Lord, this ring, and grant that he who gives it and she who shall wear it may remain faithful to each other, and abide in thy peace and favour, and live together in love until their lives' end. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

     
  203.  
    1118:

    Prince William takes the ring and places it upon the fourth finger of Catherine's left hand. It took a bit of a push, but it's on.

     
  204.  
    1119:

    William and Kate kneel as the Archbishop blesses them both.

     
  205.  
    Ben Whitelaw

    tweets: Silence in Green Park as #royalwedding ceremony begins. You could hear a pin drop. Food kiosks having a well-earned break @telegraphnews

     
  206.  
    1120:

    "I pronounce that they be man and wife," says the Archbishop.

     
  207.  
    1121:

    The couple knelt together at the altar...

    Kate and William
     
  208.  
    1124:

    Kate's brother James is now giving a reading.

     
  209.  
    1126:

    Kate and William, sitting by the altar, smile at each other as James continues to read.

     
  210.  
    1128:

    The choir now sing an anthem by John Rutter which has been especially composed for this service.

     
  211.  
    1130:

    The creator of Kate's dress, designer Sarah Burton, of Alexander McQueen, has described the bride as looking "absolutely stunning". She says it was the "experience of a lifetime" to create the gown.

     
  212.  
    1132: Sarah Bell BBC News, in central London

    A straw poll of the crowd provides a firm thumbs up for Kate's dress. "Glamorous in its simplicity," says Simon Wolf from Brighton in Sussex. "Wow," says Fiona Howard. "She's an exquisite beauty. Carrying herself with grace."

     
  213.  
    1134:

    Professional lipreader Tina Lannin tells the Press Association that Prince William cracked a joke to his future father-in-law at the altar, telling him: "We were supposed to have just a small family affair."

     
  214.  
    1134:

    Richard Chartres, Lord Bishop of London, is now giving an address. He says many people are feaful of the prospects for the world. But this is a joyful day, it is good that people in every continent are able to share. This day is a day of hope, he says.

     
  215.  
    Via Twitter Mishal Husain, presenter,

    tweets: While #rw2011 underway, watching the Guards head to Abbey to be part of returning procession #BBCWedding

     
  216.  
    1139:

    The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge listen to the address.

    Duke of Cambridge and Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge
     
  217.  
    1140:

    The motet Ubi caritas et amor - said to be a real favourite of the couple - is now being sung.

     
  218.  
    1141:

    Meanwhile, a bit more on the dress. We understand that some of the work on it was done by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court.

     
  219.  
    1144:

    The couple are kneeling for the Lord's Prayer.

     
  220.  
    Clarence House

    tweets: Prince William and Catherine Middleton have written their own prayer #rw2011 #royalwedding http://bit.ly/kYqCNQ

     
  221.  
    1147:

    The Dean of Westminster reads a blessing for them, followed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

     
  222.  
    1148:

    Jerusalem, by William Blake, is now sung.

     
  223.  
    Eileen Latha from Copenhagen

    emails: A very beautiful bride in a classic gown which reflects her personality has married her prince. Wish you both every happiness and many, many years of a wonderful married life including bundles of children. May you continue to promote good will and peace among your fellow men. Warmest wishes and greetings from Denmark.

     
  224.  
    1150:

    A final blessing is bestowed on the couple as they kneel again.

     
  225.  
    1151:

    A fanfare is performed.

     
  226.  
    1152:

    Everyone stands for the National Anthem.

     
  227.  
    1154:

    The couple and witnesses move to a side chapel for the signing of the wedding registers. Three registers must be signed - two for the abbey and one royal register.

     
  228.  
    1156:

    Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, Pippa Middleton and Mr and Mrs Middleton follow the couple into the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor for the signings.

     
  229.  
    1158: Sarah Bell BBC News, in central London

    With impeccable timing, the sun has come out in central London.

     
  230.  
    1159:

    The future queen's dress has been praised as "elegant and chic" by German couturier Karl Lagerfeld. He told French TV: "It's very pretty, and relatively classic, but that goes with the decor, with a little touch of the 1950s."

     
  231.  
    Sophie Raworth, BBC presenter,

    tweets: lining path in place ready to greet the duke and duchess of cambridge http://yfrog.com/h4u6kdrj #BBCWedding

     
  232.  
    1202:

    The witnesses are returning from the side chapel to take their seats.

     
  233.  
    1204:

    A further fanfare sounds, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk down the aisle.

     
  234.  
    1205:

    The London Chamber Orchestra is playing Crown Imperial as the couple, holding hands, bow to the Queen.

     
  235.  
    1206:

    They continue the long walk, followed by two bridesmaids, two page boys, Pippa Middleton walking beside her brother-in-law Prince Harry, Prince Charles beside Mrs Middleton and the Duchess of Cornwall beside Mr Middleton.

     
  236.  
    1208:

    The BBC's Ed Stourton, reporting from inside the abbey, says Prince William doesn't seem able to stop smiling as he and his new wife walk down the aisle.

     
  237.  
    1209:

    They emerge from the abbey and pause. Cue rapturous applause and cheers as the bells of the abbey ring out.

     
  238.  
    1211:

    The path from the Great West Door to the West Gate of the abbey is lined with 24 members of the Armed Forces - selected for their achievements or links to the prince.

     
  239.  
    1212:

    As the newlyweds get into their carriage, the BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse, outside the abbey, notes that despite predictions, the rain has held off in London.

     
  240.  
    1212:

    They wave to the crowds, Prince William wearing white gloves. Coachmen in full livery sit behind them.

     
  241.  
    Debbie Travis

    tweets: And the bells toll - for the next three hours straight and they are pealed by hand! The crowd almost drowns them out though

     
  242.  
    1214:

    The couple are now driving along Whitehall, past the Cenotaph, where one day, as King, William will lay a wreath on Remembrance Day.

     
  243.  
    1215:

    En route to the palace as man and wife...

    Duke of Cambridge and Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge
     
  244.  
    1216:

    The flag-waving has reached fever pitch as the carriage turns into Horse Guards' Parade.

     
  245.  
    1217:

    Turning into Horse Guards means the procession slows down to negotiate the narrow archway of the entrance. This gives the crowds nearby an extra special view.

     
  246.  
    1219:

    The couple briefly held hands in the carriage as it passed through the gateway, but cameras caught the personal exchange - before the waving resumed.

     
  247.  
    1219:

    There are five carriages altogether in the procession - for the couple, the Queen, the best man, the maid of honour, and for the parents of the couple. The Queen get a Sovereign's escort - bigger even than the newlyweds.

     
  248.  
    Andy

    tweets: Love that #HMPrinceWilliam salutes the service men and women when he passes them. #rw2011

     
  249.  
    1220:

    Prince Harry is waving enthusiastically in his carriage. The wedding carriage has entered The Mall.

     
  250.  
    1222:

    Some of the people on The Mall have been waiting in the cold for this for days - they're going wild with delight now.

     
  251.  
    Leanne Woods

    tweets: well there are a few small differences between this and my \u00a335 registry office do, but you'd need a good eye to spot them.

     
  252.  
    1224:

    Approaching Buckingham Palace, the cheering and screaming is intense.

     
  253.  
    1224:

    A quick note for our international users - please hit refresh for updated live video of the royal procession.

     
  254.  
    1225:

    A snippet of the National Anthem is played again as the carriages go through the gates of the palace.

     
  255.  
    1226:

    The Royal Family will now gather inside the palace for photos and then the balcony appearance is expected at 1325-1330 BST.

     
  256.  
    1227:

    Royal Household staff are on hand to greet the couple. Prince William helps her - and her dress - out of the carriage.

     
  257.  
    1227:

    Quite a sight...

    The couple approach Buckingham Palace
     
  258.  
    1228:

    Arranging her train, the couple pause before entering the palace with page boys and bridesmaids behind.

     
  259.  
    1229:

    The Queen gets a cheer as she waves to the crowds before entering the palace. The clatter of all the hooves almost drowns out the crowd for a moment.

     
  260.  
    1230:

    Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are travelling with Michael and Carole Middleton and are the last carriage to drive into Buckingham Palace.

     
  261.  
    1231: Sarah Bell BBC News, in central London

    Kate Lewis, 32, from Putney got the perfect shot of the waving couple on The Mall, courtesy of her 6ft 2in husband James' shoulders. "It was magical," she says.

     
  262.  
    1232: Mishal Husain, BBC presenter, in the crowd

    "I can see a South African flag, I can see a Canadian flag, I can see a Brazilian flag - there are messages saying congratulations from the Cayman Islands. I think there is a real blend of this being a very British occasion, but also being one of international interest - and really testament to how many people are listening and watching around the world."

     
  263.  
    1234:

    There's a hiatus in events now until that balcony appearance, but we can tell you a bit more about the bride's ensemble. Her earrings are a wedding day gift from her parents. Created by Robinson Pelham, they are diamond-set, stylised oak leaves with a pear-shaped diamond set drop and a pave-set diamond acorn suspended in the centre.

     
  264.  
    1235:

    Islanders on Anglesey, which William and Kate will soon make their home, gathered to watch the ceremony on two giant screens on a sunny but blustery day. The broadcast cut out briefly to gasps and groans from the crowd, but the fault was repaired just in time for the sermon.

     
  265.  
    1239:

    BBC News website users from around the world have been sending their reaction to the wedding and pictures showing how they are celebrating the day

    Thailand street party George Spurs celebrated at a street party in Thailand.

    Send your pictures to yourpics@bbc.co.uk

     
  266.  
    1241:

    The official photographs will be taken by Hugo Burnand in the State Apartments at Buckingham Palace. He has snapped Prince William privately before, and was the official photographer at Prince Charles' wedding to Camilla.

     
  267.  
    BBC correspondent, Jonathan Agnew

    tweets: Our country does this so well http://twitpic.com/4qxjgi

     
  268.  
    Jake Humphrey, BBC presenter

    tweets as he gets ready to board the RAF flypast, due to pass over the Palace at 1330: Here we come London... http://t.co/5lMD1Px

    Jake Humphrey
     
  269.  
    1246:

    One to tug the heart-strings a bit... two of the bridesmaids were just three years old. This is Eliza Lopes, the Duchess of Cornwall's grand-daughter.

    Bridesmaid Eliza Lopes Three-year-old Eliza looked a bit overwhelmed at times
     
  270.  
    1247:

    Over in Hyde Park, thousands have been cheering non-stop. Apparently confetti was thrown into the air when the couple were wed.

     
  271.  
    1248:

    Police say 43 arrests related to the wedding have been made in and out of the security zone.

     
  272.  
    1250:

    Back on The Mall, military bands are continuing to march as the crowd shuffles towards the palace for that all-important balcony moment.

     
  273.  
    1252:

    The BBC's Tom Geoghegan, is at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel ballroom in Washington DC, where nearly 200 people have been up since 4am - on a normal working day - to watch the royal wedding. He says applause rang out when the couple left the abbey. And every sight of Prince Harry gets a cheer. They love him here.

     
  274.  
    1253: Tom Geoghegan BBC News

    Keyana Corliss, 25, from Virginia, is one of those in that Washington ballroom. She tells our correspondent the highlight so far has been seeing the bride in her dress. "We've been trying to guess what the dress would be like ever since they got engaged. She has such an amazing sense of style. You just want to be happy for her, it's been like watching a friend get married. I was so emotional, I got goosebumps."

     
  275.  
    1254:

    Nuala McGovern at BBC World Service says the #royalwedding hashtag on Twitter has been trending heavily across the world, but particularly in Brazil and elsewhere in South America.

     
  276.  
    1256:

    The BBC's Nick Bryant says the crowds who were watching the wedding outdoors in Sydney are also heading off, but mostly to the pub to escape the rain they've been standing in all evening.

     
  277.  
    1257:

    After the balcony moment, events will continue for the rest of the day. First, there'll be a lunchtime reception at the palace for 650 people, hosted by the Queen. The guests have been selected from the couple's private and official lives.

     
  278.  
    1258:

    In the evening, there will be a private dinner followed by dancing for 300 people hosted by the Prince of Wales.

     
  279.  
    1301:

    The Mall is filling fast and police officers, both mounted and on foot, are also moving forward. Everyone wants to get within sight of the balcony.

     
  280.  
    Dawn Griesbach in Crieff, Strathearn, Scotland

    writes: Just to say how delighted everyone in Crieff is that the William and Kate have been made Earl and Countess of Strathearn. We all wish them well in their new life together!

     
  281.  
    1304:

    More delight in the County Antrim town of Carrickfergus at the announcement that Prince William has become its Baron. Town mayor Jim McClurg said the news had come as a complete surprise. "We certainly hope this means we can expect a special royal visitor in the near future," he said.

     
  282.  
    1305:

    The Queen, expected on the balcony with the rest of the wedding party, will leave for a weekend away after hosting the lunch reception, giving over Buckingham Palace for William and Kate's black-tie party in the evening. It means the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will miss Prince Harry's best man's speech and Michael Middleton's father-of-the-bride address.

     
  283.  
    1306:

    A lot of people want to see this kiss...

    The crowd approach Buckingham Palace The crowd approaching Buckingham Palace
     
  284.  
    1308:

    Outside the Royal residence of Balmoral Castle hundreds of people watched the wedding on six large screens. The royal couple are known to have enjoyed several romantic breaks at the retreat of Birkhall, the Prince of Wales's home on the 50,000-acre estate.

     
  285.  
    1310:

    Police said earlier that 70 anti-royal wedding protesters had gathered in Red Lion Square, in central London, and another 10 wearing masks were in Soho Square.

     
  286.  
    1311:

    Kate and William will be looking out on a cheering mass of humanity.

    Crowd on The Mall
     
  287.  
    1312:

    There's been a clash between pro- and anti-royal wedding demonstrators in Edinburgh. Lothian and Borders police had to move on around 15 to 20 pro-monarchists from a republican rally outside St Giles Chathedral off the city's Royal Mile. About 60 people had been protesting against the royal wedding and the cost to the public purse when a group of wedding supporters began waving the Union flag, singing songs and shouting threats of violence.

     
  288.  
    1313:

    Historian Simon Schama tells the BBC there were lighter moments during the pomp and ceremony. "There were wonderful close-ups of him chatting to her, of the two brothers larking around - so everybody responded to that, and then the moments that were solemn were gloriously solemn."

     
  289.  
    1314:

    Police are gradually letting the crowds round the Queen Victoria memorial outside Buckingham Palace and closer to the gates. People are running to get the best spots.

     
  290.  
    1314: Peter Hunt Royal correspondent

    tweets: Queen comments, "what a marvellous day it's been". #BBCWedding

     
  291.  

    The BBC's Michael Bristow in Beijing says the wedding was shown on several of the main networks in China and has been followed with great interest. But not everyone was watching, he says. Many people are just looking forward to the long holiday that the May Day weekend brings.

     
  292.  
    1317:

    Less than 10 minutes until we're expecting the balcony doors to open.

     
  293.  
    1320:

    The BBC's Laura Trevelyan is at a party underneath the Manhattan Bridge in New York where revellers are posing with cardboard cutouts of the royal couple, three and a half thousand miles from Westminster Abbey. Our correspondent says the lure for many there is the late Diana, Princess of Wales, whose popularity in America has led to a keen interest in seeing her first-born son wed.

     
  294.  
    1321:

    The balcony curtains twitched. And the crowds are still moving forward.

     
  295.  
    Caitlin Mackay

    tweets: Best sign in the Mall crowd: "Checkmate Kate - you've taken the king." #rw2011 #royalwedding

     
  296.  
    1325:

    The balcony doors have opened.

     
  297.  
    1326:

    Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, waving to the thousands of wellwishers who have gathered.

     
  298.  
    1326:

    The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family are appearing with the newly-wed couple.

     
  299.  
    Clarence House

    tweets: The noise of cheering is incredible from the Palace, where we are based! #rw2011 #royalwedding

     
  300.  
    1327:

    Prince William and his new bride, the Duchess of Cambridge, have kissed - twice - on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

     

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