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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

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    4/29/2011 12:43:40 PM
  • Top stories so far:
    • Prince William and his new wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are now formally wed and are at Buckingham Palace
    • The newlyweds have appeared with their families on the palace balcony, and kissed publicly, to the delight of the crowd.
    • Catherine's dress was from Alexander McQueen, designed by Sarah Burton
    • There have apparently been 43 arrests so far
    • Prince William becomes Duke of Cambridge
    • London comes to a halt as wedding fever goes global
    • Palace's headaches with the Abbey guest-list
    • The royal wedding in pictures
    4/29/2011 8:21:52 AM
  • Video: The Royal Wedding highlights so far
    4/29/2011 12:24:24 PM
  • One of the mounted soldiers accompanying Prince William and Kate Middleton to Buckingham Palace after the wedding service was thrown off his horse. Television viewers around the world saw the animal bolting past the open-top carriage carrying the newly-married couple away from Westminster Abbey and to their receptions at the palace.
    4/29/2011 12:24:33 PM
  • One large banner held up by people in the crowd read: "Checkmate Kate - you've taken the King!"
    4/29/2011 12:25:17 PM
  • Wow, I am a die hard fan of the Royal Family from Bangalore, India. I join all my other countrymen in wishing Princess Kate & Prince William a Happy & Blessed Married life....
    4/29/2011 12:25:23 PM
  • Wedding guests David and Victoria Beckham described today's ceremony as "beautiful and heartfelt".
    4/29/2011 12:25:32 PM
  • The couple emerge onto the balcony.
    4/29/2011 12:25:55 PM
  • The crowds go wild as the couple wave, again.
    4/29/2011 12:26:23 PM
  • And they are now joined by the Queen, the page boys and the brides maids.
    4/29/2011 12:26:46 PM
  • Charles and Camilla are out too now.
    4/29/2011 12:26:59 PM
  • And of course the Middletons.
    4/29/2011 12:27:20 PM
  • Royal Wedding Fact: It was said Diana ended up with a terrible headache after the wedding due to the enormous weight of the diamonds on her tiara.
    4/29/2011 12:27:43 PM
  • The crowd shouted "kiss, kiss, kiss." William turned to Kate and appeared to ask "shall we" before they briefly did.
    4/29/2011 12:28:16 PM
  • Harry appears to be cracking a few jokes.
    4/29/2011 12:28:38 PM
  • William and Kate kiss again, delighting the huge crowds. It was another brief one.
    4/29/2011 12:30:04 PM
  • Now comes the fly over to mark the occasion.
    4/29/2011 12:30:31 PM
  • Two Typhoons and two Tornadoes roar over the happy couple.
    4/29/2011 12:30:53 PM
  • The Queen has retired back into the palace.
    4/29/2011 12:31:21 PM
  • Her Majesty is followed by the rest of the family, leaving William and Kate alone.
    4/29/2011 12:31:55 PM
  • William and Kate have also retired back into the palace. Will they re-emerge for the crowds?
    4/29/2011 12:33:01 PM
  • That was the world's most British kiss.
  • The moment the pair kissed on the balcony

    4/29/2011 12:35:05 PM
  • The wave and quick retreat back into the palace did seem rather perfunctory, considering the length of time that all these people have been on the Mall waiting.
    4/29/2011 12:35:18 PM
  • It appears that the crowd have had their lot.
    4/29/2011 12:35:26 PM
  • ITV: "Apparently the Queen and Prince Phillip won't be joining the young people in attending the party this evening. Maybe they dont want to see what's happening to the palace! It looks like it might be transformed into a bit of a nightclub. "
    4/29/2011 12:40:01 PM
  • One of the little bridesmaids appears less than impressed

    4/29/2011 12:42:23 PM
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