William and Kate are man and wife

After months of waiting, William and Kate finally tied the knot at Westminster Abbey today.

Kate wore a flowing wedding dress with a long train and lace sleeves by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

Some 1,900 guests watched the couple exchange their vows, with many millions watching at home, and thousands lining the streets along the procession route.

After the couple marry at Westminster Abbey they will travel to the Palace in an open-topped carriage despite forecasters saying there is a risk of rain.

The day has started off dry and cloudy in London but the Met Office says there is a risk of heavy showers developing later on. However barring any downpours the couple are expected to use an open-topped 1902 State Landau carriage, the same used by Prince William’s parents in 1981.


The prince wore the red tunic of an Irish Guards colonel.

Prince William has been given the title of the Duke of Cambridge by the Queen, and Miss Middleton becomes Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.

Up to 5,000 people are thought to have camped overnight in The Mall and around Westminster Abbey. The event is being watched by hundreds of millions of people worldwide on television.

Around 650 guests have been invited to the palace for lunch and about 300 close friends and relatives will stay on for a formal black tie dinner and disco in the evening.

But the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will leave for a weekend away after hosting the lunchtime reception and will miss Prince Harry’s best man speech and Michael Middleton’s father of the bride address.

In their official wedding programme released on Thursday, the royal couple said: “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.”


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