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Prince William, Catherine Middleton Kiss on Balcony as World Watches

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Royal newlyweds Prince William and Catherine Middleton sealed their royal wedding with two kisses on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as their family and cheering British subjects looked on.

Stepping out onto the balcony, the couple was flanked by the wedding party, the royal family -- including Queen Elizabeth II -- Prince Charles and the bride's family.

With hundreds of thousands gathered below them and millions watching expectantly on TV, the prince kissed his bride quickly.  The crowd cheered and began chanting, "Kiss her again."  The royal couple obliged with a second peck on the lips.

William and Middleton looked up into the London sky as the Royal Air Force performed a flyover congratulating the couple.  William is a member of the Royal Air Force.

The bells of Westminster Abbey serenaded London.  They started ringing when the newly-married Catherine Middleton and Prince William rode triumphantly in an open carriage waving to the cheering throngs.

William reportedly told Middleton in the carriage, "I'm so happy," according to a lip reader.

As the couple exited the abbey following their wedding in front of 1,900 guests, the bride curtsied to Queen Elizabeth and William bowed.

Earlier, Prince William and Catherine Middleton, holding each other's hands and gazing into one another's eyes, exchanged wedding vows, turning the commoner bride into royalty and thrilling royal watchers around the world.  William, 28, slipped a wedding band made of Welsh gold on the finger of the 29-year-old Middleton.

Unlike most wedding ceremonies in the United States where the bride and groom kiss at the altar, royal newlyweds abstain from kissing during the service.  Even outside the church, the kiss has long been viewed as an intimate and private moment until Prince William's parents, Charles and Diana, broke with tradition and spontaneously pecked on the balcony following their nuptials almost 30 years ago.

After their balcony appearance, William and Middleton will attend a brief reception, hosted by the queen.  They will dance and celebrate Friday night, and will spend their first night as a married couple at Buckingham Palace.

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