The wedding in words and pictures:
NEWLYWEDS William and Kate sealed their love with a kiss on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony to the delight of the nation.
The bride and groom appeared with their families to acknowledge the thousands of well-wishers crowded along The Mall.
They exchanged a kiss to roars of approval. Then, as an RAF flypast swept towards the palace, the couple kissed again. William and Kate were proclaimed “man and wife” at a historic ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
The future king and his beautiful bride, who will now one day be queen, pledged their love for one another in the ancient surrounds, watched by millions across the globe.
In a stunning ivory gown designed by Sarah Burton, Kate walked up the red-carpeted aisle a commoner.
With her new husband at her side and a ring on her finger, the former Miss Middleton left the abbey as HRH the Duchess of Cambridge – William was made a duke by the Queen on Friday morning.
The crowd cheered – and for a moment the sun broke though a cloudy grey day.
A congregation of 1,900 and up to two billion people saw the couple exchange vows, as they were beamed live around world. Police estimated that crowd numbers peaked at one million along the route to the abbey.
In the presence of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton and other guests, William placed Kate’s simple gold wedding band on her finger.
Splendour: William and Kate – now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – leave the ceremony in a 1902 landeau
Brothers: a nervous chat before ceremony
Crowds lining the route: it is estimated one million people gathered in London
At the Abbey: the Queen, Prince Philip, Charles and Camilla