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Apr292011

Prince William, Kate Middleton Exchange Vows

Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A veiled Kate Middleton holding onto her father, smiled as she walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey to wed Prince William, the heir to the British throne.

Prince William told Middleton, "You look beautiful" when she arrived at the altar of the church.  They exchanged smiles and William leaned over and winked at his father-in-law, Michael Middleton.

The wedding watched by 1,900 guests in the Abbey and over two billion people worldwide thrilled the people of Britain.  Crowds of at least 600,000 lined the streets to watch the wedding, which is a national holiday.  They happily waved a sea of Union Jacks and wore masks of the royal couple.

The new Duchess of Cambridge wore a veil with her arms and shoulders covered in lace as she made her vows that turned the commoner bride into royalty.

Prince William, who arrived at Westminster Abbey with his brother Prince Harry, wore the crimson uniform of the Irish Guards with a blue sash.  The sash represents the order of the garter, the most senior and the oldest British Order of Chivalry.  It was founded in 1348.

Pippa Middleton, Kate's sister, greeted her at the door of the Abbey.  She tended to Middleton's wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton, a student of late British designer Alexander McQueen.

Middleton's limousine was the final step in a carefully choreographed procession of celebrities, dignitaries and royalty to the historic church for the wedding to Prince William, the future king of Britain.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, the grandmother and father of groom Prince William, arrived at Westminster Abbey just moments before Middleton.  Queen Elizabeth, wearing a bright yellow suit and hat, waved to the crowds as she and Prince Philip arrived to the site of the wedding.

The crowds of royal gawkers who turned out for the spectacle were jubilant, but at least 10 people have been arrested, Scotland Yard reported and an abandoned car was found at the intersection of Grosvenor Gardens and Buckingham Palace Road, the BBC reported.

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