Royal wedding: Throngs congratulate the ecstatic newlyweds

29 APRIL 2011

A roar of adulation went up around Parliament Square as the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerged from their wedding service as man and wife.

Crowds of well-wishers had lined the streets surrounding the church to catch a glimpse of Prince William and his bride. Now they shouted their congratulations, proudly fluttering their flags. 

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The newlyweds were clearly touched by this reception. William in particular seemed overwhelmed by the response, obviously trying to contain his emotion. 

Sharing lingering looks as they greeted the public for the first time as a married couple, they paused for a moment acknowledging their overjoyed throngs before preparing to depart from the Abbey in an open-topped State Landau.

After putting on his hat and gloves, which he had removed for the ceremony, William lovingly assisted his new wife to ascend into the ornate 1902 carriage, chosen to give the best view of the bride and groom. She appeared to ask him: "Are you ok? Are you happy?"

 



Their coach had previously been used by the Prince and Princess of Wales on their wedding day in 1981 as they travelled from St Paul's Cathedral to Buckingham Palace.

Thousands more members of the public lined the processional route to watch them travel, hands clasped, from Westminster via some of London's most prominent sights, including Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade and The Mall.

And all the while, the weather, which had threatened rain, stayed bright and clear, seemingly blessing the happy occasion.

In the final straight as they neared Buckingham Palace, Kate, who had remained so composed throughout the ceremony, allowed herself to express her joy, beaming radiantly. And William's nerves appeared to disappear as he visibly relaxed in the carriage.

Joining the masses of people turning out to show their support were 1,000 members of Britain's Army, RAF and Navy.

Britain's brand new golden couple were escorted through the capital by mounted members of William's regiment, the Blues and Royals, many of whom were personal friends of the groom and were specially selected by him for the prestigious task.

The Household Regiment also formed a special escort for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who travelled behind in a semi-state landau.

In total there were five horse-drawn carriages used in the grand procession.

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One carried best man Prince Harry and bridesmaids Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, Eliza Lopes and page boy Tom Pettifer. Maid of honour Pippa Middleton travelled with the remaining attendents, Billy Lowther-Pinkerton, Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Grace van Cutsem.

The final carriage contained Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, with Kate's overjoyed parents, Michael and Carole Middleton.


Don't forget to buy your souvenir edition of HELLO! with all the fantastic photos of the big day, on sale Sunday May 1

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