William told his bride at altar: You’re beautiful
PRINCE William told his bride she looked “beautiful” as she joined him at the altar.
Wearing the famous red tunic of the Irish Guards, William stared straight ahead as Kate Middleton started her long walk down the red carpeted aisle of Westminster Abbey.
Turning to watch the bride approach, William’s brother and best man Prince Harry reassured him that all was going smoothly on the big day, telling him “Right, she is here now”.
As the royal couple stood together for the first time, William told Kate: “You look beautiful.”
After initially appearing nervous, he smiled broadly and cracked a joke to his father-in-law Michael before the ceremony started, saying “We’re supposed to have just a small family affair”, a lipreader claimed.
Tina Lannin, of O’Malley Communications, also spotted Harry’s comments on Kate’s arrival.
Watched by an estimated two billion people around the world, the young couple – representing a new generation of the British monarchy – caught each other’s eyes several times during the service, smiling broadly.
Both delivered flawless vows as their married life got off to the perfect start.
William spoke confidently as he replied “I will” in a clear and strong voice to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s question about whether he would “love, comfort, honour and keep” Kate.
His bride spoke more softly when she said “I will” in response, occasionally looking nervous and appearing slightly choked with emotion as she repeated her vows in front of the large congregation.
Her ring, a plain, slim gold band made by royal warrant holder Wartski from a nugget of Welsh gold, as is tradition with royal brides. had to be coaxed and wiggled on to her finger following her vows.
Later, during the reading by Kate’s brother James, William winked at his bride as the royal couple took their seats and grinned broadly at each other as the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, reminded them of their commitment to “making this new relationship”.
Then came their first private moment as they signed the resgisters. IT was the best kept secret of the royal wedding but as “the dress” was finally revealed after months of guessing, it definitely did not disappoint.
The choice of ivory gown with lace applique floral detail, designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, was praised by designers as safe but classic, with many saying it was reminiscent of a “Grace Kelly look”.
British bridal designer Suzanne Neville said: “I thought it was exactly what most people thought she was going to wear, but it was beautiful, absolutely stunning.
“It’s quite predictable because I think that’s what people thought she would wear, that she would have something classic.
“She hasn’t shocked anybody or done anything out of character, but it absolutely suits her and her tiny frame. It’s very Grace Kelly. If you go back through all the royal weddings, she has absolutely chosen something that’s timeless.
“It’s not actually a new design, I don’t necessarily feel, but she has absolutely brought out that classic British look.
“Most of the British designers have got that look in their collections, so it’s absolutely accessible.”
She said the technical workmanship of the dress was impressive.
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Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole, Prince Charles, bridesmaid Eliza Lopes and Camilla