Wil­liam told his bride at al­tar: You’re beau­ti­ful

Halifax Courier - - Royal Wedding -

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.

and wife: now mar­ried, Wil­liam leads his bride down the aisle Posh: among the guests were David and Vic­to­ria Beck­ham. Premier David Cameron was there, but ex-PM Tony Blair was not in­vited

Kate’s par­ents, Michael and Ca­role, Prince Charles, brides­maid El­iza Lopes and Camilla

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