Kate arrived at Westminster Abbey in a Rolls-Royce (the same car that Prince Charles and Camilla rode in the night they were attacked by protesters on December 2010). William and Harry arrived in a state limo. The wedding service was relayed to the massive crowds by speakers along the procession route — in addition to screens at Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square.
On the Procession Route
Following the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, the newlyweds traveled in an open-topped carriage (the same one that carried Princess Diana and Prince Charles on their wedding day in 1981) along a processional route to Buckingham Palace. Their carriage lead a procession of five carriages that carried the wedding party, including Prince Harry, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Kate's family... and the Queen.
Millions of people lined London's streets to catch a glimpse of the royal couple along the Procession Route — Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade, and the Mall to Buckingham Palace. An estimated two billion people tuned in to watch the live broadcast — expected to be the most-viewed event in history!
Royal Kiss(es) on Balcony
The highly anticipated Royal Kiss took place at approximately 1pm on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, followed a few moments later with a surprise "second kiss" — and the crowds went wild!
Prince William officially announced his engagement to Catherine (Kate) Middleton on November 16,
2010 in London, England.
The couple actually got engaged a month earlier (Oct 2010) while vacationing on an African Safari in Kenya. The couple first met at St. Andrews University in Scotland in 2001.
Royal Engagement Ring
Prince William presented Kate Middleton with his mother's (Diana, Princess of Wales) stunning engagement ring — an 18-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds. Prince William said "this was my way of making sure that my mother didn't miss out on today" and Kate replied "It's very, very special."
The Duke and Duchess
of Cambridge The Queen bestowed the new royal title "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge" upon Prince William and Catherine. However, Kate will also be referred to as "Princess Catherine" by the people.
Queen Elizabeth II hosted an afternoon wedding reception at Buckingham Palace. The 650 VIP guests enjoyed flowing champagne, decadent hors d'oeuvres and wedding cake. The afternoon's entertainment... a harpist.
Aston Martin Surprise
Following the Palace reception, Prince William took his new bride for a spin in a beautiful blue Aston Martin Volante, decorated with ribbons, bows, personalized "W" and "C" balloons, an "L" (learner) tag — and a "JU5T WED" license plate. Way to go Wills!
Dinner & Dancing at Buckingham Palace
Later in the evening, Prince Charles hosted a formal dinner and dance (for 300 close friends and family) in the Palace's Ballroom and Throne Room. The newlywed's first dance was to Elton John's "Your Song" performed by Ellie Goulding.
A celebratory fireworks display took place in the wee hours of the morning (at 2:45am) as partygoers cheered. All in all, it was a fairytale wedding :)