William and Kate Tie the Knot, Sealed with Two Kisses

The much looked-forward-to event attracted the attention of two billions of viewers across the world as well one million who lined the streets which led to Westminister Abbey, where it was held.

Adorned in an ivory and white satin dress, complete with veil and flowing gown, and accompanied by her father, Michael, Kate glided down the Westminister Abbey isle to meet her Prince who was accompanied by his brother and best man, Prince Harry.

Before repeating their vows, the couple declared, “I will”. However, as was the case with Princess Diana, Kate opted not to use the word “obey” in her vows. They were pronounced man and wife by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

As did Prince Williams’ mother and father, the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the newlyweds, made a public appearance on Buckingham Palace’s balcony where they kissed briefly. The kiss seemed too short for the crowd, which begged for a repeat and Prince William, after whispering something to his bride, leaned in again, and they kissed.

It was 30 years prior that Princess Diana and Prince Charles were wed in similar fashion. They endured a very public and traumatic separation and her death in 1997 took a toll on all including her sons Princes William and Harry.

Her absence was reportedly felt despite the joyful atmosphere, with several pieces of music related to her life taking centre stage in the wedding of her eldest son.

After the service, the newlyweds travelled in an open carriage to Buckingham Palace along The Mall, as the crowds cheered and mounted soldiers in their finery rode alongside.

Among 1,900 guests in the abbey were musician Elton John, footballer David Beckham and his wife Victoria, and Australian swimming icon Ian Thorpe, along with 40 foreign royals and hundreds of dignitaries.

The Beckhams said the ceremony was “beautiful and heartfelt.”


(Portions of this article were obtained from a Yahoo News article)

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