Prince William and Catherine Middleton Marry In A Spectacular Royal Ceremony

The day we’ve been preparing for since it was announced when Prince William Arthur Philip Louis Wales would wed Catherine Elizabeth Middleton (now HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) has finally arrived.  In the grand tradition of chicks who need to get up early to watch royal events, I did as my mother had done some thirty years ago.  At 4 a.m. I arose, put on my fascinator and made my way to the telly.  From there the minutes flew by, as guests like David and Victoria Beckham, Guy Ritchie and Elton John filed into Westminster Abbey.  When a car pulling out of Clarence House chauffeuring Prince Harry and Prince William came into view, we all went bananas.  Both young men looked so official and dapper in their uniforms as they waved to eager fans lining The Mall.

Once inside the Abbey, Harry and Wills greeted members of the Church of England. Then Wills was ushered into the Chapel of St. Edward so that he wouldn’t be able to see his bride before she walked down the aisle (the main reason Catherine kept her dress a secret was to surprise William).   Around 10:40 a.m. we saw members of the royal family make their way to the prime seating area near the altar, each one’s hat more ridiculous than the last.

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THEN we saw her-a vision in white lace.  Catherine got into a waiting Rolls Royce Phantom VI with her father, Michael to make her way towards the Abbey.  Catherine channeled Grace Kelly in her Alexander McQueen gown, a long-sleeved lace number with a beautiful v-neck, topped off with the Cartier “halo” tiara borrowed from Queen Elizabeth II, who was gifted with it on her 18th birthday in 1936 from the Queen Mother.  According to Vanity Fair, Middleton chose to accessorize with Robinson Pelham drop earrings, a gift from her parents.

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Prince William put the Welsh gold wedding band on his bride’s finger, reciting vows to the gal he dated for eight years before popping the question in Kenya last fall.

After about an hour of gorgeous music and a reading from the brides’ brother, James Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walked back down the aisle as man and wife.  Outside, they smiled and waved to fans who staked out a spot to view the event.  Pippa Middleton was behind her big sister the whole time, making sure the train got as much air time as the bride.

The couple got into the 1902 State Landau Coach for their trip back to Buckingham Palace for Catherine’s first ride as a member of the royal family.

Today at 1:25 p.m. GMT Prince William and Catherine will share their first kiss in front of the world.  No pressure.

Best Moments Of The Ceremony:

When Prince William and Prince Harry got to Westminster Abbey. They didn’t do anything particularly fascinating, but they’re just cute.  And they’re princes.

When Pippa Middleton took the young bridesmaids into the Abbey.

When Prince William kept telling Catherine how beautiful she looked when she first got to the altar.