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The Royal Wedding

Up to two billion people around the world watched today as Kate Middleton married into the Royal Family. Our live coverage has now concluded - read it as it happened below, and follow the rest of our coverage at

  • Trine Larsen, of Billed Bladet, described as the Danish Hello magazine, said: "Danish people are very fond of Prince William because of Diana. She was a very popular figure and a style icon, and all her popularity has been transferred to William. People are so happy that he is marrying for love and that he chose his future wife himself. William is pretty down to earth. But Kate will bring fresh blood into the monarchy. It makes the royal family come closer to the people."
    4/29/2011 8:31:40 AM
  • Martin Chamberland, a photographer with La Presse, a Canadian national newspaper, said: "This is a big deal for Canadians. It will definitely be front page. Many Canadians have British ancestors. And then there's everything that goes with the wedding, the pomp and circumstance, the clothes, the food, the parties. People want to know everything about what's going on."
    4/29/2011 8:32:56 AM
  • Asked about the wedding, Filipo Baglini, of online magazine Italoeuropeo said: "I am honoured to be here. This wedding is very important for the Italian people. Young Italians see William and Kate as the same as them. "
    4/29/2011 8:34:20 AM
  • He added: "They are role models. The wedding is also important for the monarchy because it will bring them closer to the people. It's a new page for the monarchy. Many people see Diana in Kate Middleton. She is a girl of the people."
    4/29/2011 8:35:04 AM
  • David and Victoria Beckham arrive at the Abbey

    4/29/2011 8:39:49 AM
  • Boris Johnson: "In many ways this will be a good dry run for the Olympics."
    4/29/2011 8:43:20 AM
  • Boris Johnson discussing his morning suit on BBC One : "I am indebted to Pam at Moss Bros on Fenchurch Street."
    4/29/2011 8:47:14 AM
  • Hans Jacobs, royal correspondent for the Netherlands Press Association, said: "As they say, the Dutch royal family is for Holland, the Danish royal family is for Denmark and the British royal family is for the world."
    4/29/2011 8:48:10 AM
  • Elton John looking spectacularly Elton John-y. Good. #RoyalWedding
  • Lots of boxy-shaped women in pastel colours trailing into the Abbey. And John Major. Not quite as high on the Fox Scale as earlier...
  • Video: The Beckhams arrive at Westminster Abbey
    4/29/2011 8:50:12 AM
  • RT @DougSaunders: There are reportedly 12,000 journalists at the Royal Wedding. The entire African continent has perhaps 500 Western journalists at any time.
  • Bless Simon Schama for manfully trying to squeeze something meaningful and significant from all this. I suppose it's what he's paid for.
  • RT @danwainwright: David Beckham is wearing his OBE on the right lapel, not the left, which is apparently wrong. There's a joke in here somewhere #royalwedding
  • Hans Jacobs, royal correspondent for the Netherlands Press Association: "[The popularity of the British Royal Family] partly because of the Commonwealth, partly because English is accessible to the whole world, and partly because it's the last major power which still has a monarchy. Even though everybody says they are not interested, the newspaper sales figures must show a different story."
    4/29/2011 8:54:11 AM
  • ITV: "They could've had A list celebs there but they haven't done that, it's reflective of the way they wanted friends around them. "
    4/29/2011 8:55:12 AM
  • House of Commons Speaker John Bercow and his wife Sally Bercow arrive

    4/29/2011 8:55:52 AM
  • ITV: "Sir Elton John with David Furnish looking splendid today. They don't look tired considering they've just become parents. We asked many people before the wedding what they'd be wearing and Sir Elton's manager replied 'boxer shorts'. Rather subdued compared to some of the outfits we've seen Elton in."
    4/29/2011 8:56:23 AM
  • Video: PM wishes the Royal couple well
    4/29/2011 8:58:03 AM
  • Nick Clegg and wife Miriam Gonz├ílez Dur├íntez enter the abbey
    4/29/2011 9:01:56 AM
  • David Cameron tells Sky News: "This wedding represents the best of British."
    4/29/2011 9:02:18 AM
  • He added: "It does mean quite a lot. I slept on the Mall for Charles and Diana's wedding all those years ago and I suppose like many people my age have watched Prince William grow up and all the challenges he's had - obviously losing his mother, but now finding love and wanting to get married. Like anyone who's lived in Britain, you feel quite an attachment to this event and that's why I think the whole country's getting so excited about it."
    4/29/2011 9:03:15 AM
  • Elton John and David Furnish arrive

    4/29/2011 9:03:20 AM
  • Philip Schofield: "Ed Milliband's arrived! Hahaha."
  • David Cameron is wearing a morning suit.
    4/29/2011 9:04:19 AM
  • Former PM John Major and his wife arrive

    4/29/2011 9:06:24 AM
  • London Mayor Boris Johnson tells BBC One he is giving the royal couple a tandem bicycle as a wedding gift.
    4/29/2011 9:08:39 AM
  • RT @simonw: The royal wedding screens in parks around the country feel a bit like a Doctor Who episode where everyone's going to get brainwashed at once
  • Deputy PM Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam arrive

    4/29/2011 9:09:35 AM
  • Rumours abound that David Beckham is wearing his OBE medal on the wrong lapel.
    4/29/2011 9:13:26 AM
  • Prince William and Harry have left Clarence House and are on their way to Westminster Abbey.
    4/29/2011 9:13:40 AM
  • Left or right lapel for an OBE wearer?

    4/29/2011 9:14:15 AM
  • Huw Edwards on BBC One: "Prince William is now known as the Duke of Cambridge but I suspect he'll always want to be known as Prince William." Not when he becomes King, surely?
    4/29/2011 9:16:21 AM
  • Huge crowds have lined the route to catch a glimpse of proceedings. The Princes are doing a lot of waving.
    4/29/2011 9:16:53 AM
  • British Royal Wedding will mark as one of the historic events in modern History
    4/29/2011 9:17:29 AM
  • A smiling Prince William and his best man Harry have arrived at the Abbey.
    4/29/2011 9:18:50 AM
  • Samantha Cameron wears blue with jewellery by Erdem

    4/29/2011 9:19:19 AM
  • 4/29/2011 9:19:57 AM
  • ITV: "Kate and William have both invited their favourite pub landlords. William is often spotted in Guy Ritchie's pub."
    4/29/2011 9:19:58 AM
  • Prince William is now walking up the aisle, chatting to his brother Harry.
    4/29/2011 9:21:48 AM
  • Actor and comic James Corden tweets: "I know for a fact that Kate and Wills first dance is Make You Feel My Love by Adele."
    4/29/2011 9:22:40 AM
  • The Abbey is now looking very full, as Willliam and Harry busily chat with the guests.
    4/29/2011 9:23:26 AM
  • Prince William's outfit is very red. "Might Kate think she's marrying a postbox?", asks the Evening Standard's Lucy Tobin.
    4/29/2011 9:23:43 AM
  • ITV: "Samantha Cameron looked great. No hat though."
    4/29/2011 9:24:04 AM
  • William and Harry are retiring behind the high altar for a private moment as the King of Tonga arrives.
    4/29/2011 9:24:35 AM
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