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Showbiz royalty: David Beckham, wearing his OBE on his lapel, centre, and his wife Victoria arrive at the west door of Westminster Abbey as guests arrive for the 11am ceremony

The Royal procession make their way down The Mall to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony


The Queen has made William the Duke of Cambridge to mark his wedding day and Kate Middleton a Duchess, Buckingham Palace announced.

William also became the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus, which means Kate will become the Countess of Strathearn and Baroness Carrickfergus.

As well as a duchess, Miss Middleton is also technically Princess William of Wales.

According to protocol, she is not officially Princess Catherine as she was not born a princess in her own right.

Instead she adopts her husband's first name, in the same way as Princess Michael of Kent, who married the Queen's cousin Prince Michael of Kent.

All titles are in the gift of the Queen and it was up to the monarch to choose which one to bestow on her grandson and his new wife.

But William's thoughts will also have been taken into account by the royal matriarch in a private discussion between the Prince and his grandmother.

Tradition dictates that royal men receive a title on their wedding - and often more than one.

The festivities started at around 8.15am when the first guests - including royal figures, leading politicians and top names from the showbiz world - made their way to the Abbey for the wedding of the century.
At 10.10am Prince William and his brother Harry left Clarence House, both in full military uniform for the short drive. He was later followed by his bride who had successfully managed to keep her wedding dress a secret from the world.

Kate Middleton today left behind her commoner roots to become Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge after marrying Prince William.
The royal couple officially became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after tying the knot. Prince William has also become the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.
David and Victoria Beckham, Guy Ritchie and Chelsy Davy were among the 1,900 guests in Westminster Abbey this morning.
There were squeals of joy from the crowd when Beckham waved to the crowd as he arrived. He was wearing a Ralph Lauren morning suit with the OBE he received in 2003 pinned to the right lapel, with his hair slicked back.

His wife, who is pregnant with their fourth child, wore a dark blue dress she designed herself accessorised with a hat by celebrated milliner Philip Treacy.
William's close Eton friend Harry Meade was seen queuing to get into the abbey, as guests waited to take their seats.
Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster, adorned with trees, as the congregation sing

Prince Charles and Camilla followed by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip walk down the red carpet at Westminster Abbey
Cameras click as Kate Middleton arrives and walks into Westminster Abbey

Kate walks up the aisle, holding her father's hand, with Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton supporting her dress, left. Right, a smiling Kate waves to the crowds outside the Abbey

Royal arrivals: Princess Eugenie, blue dress, and Princess Beatrice arrive at Westminster Abbey (right) while Prince Charles and Camilla smile as they walk in for William's wedding

Celebration: Royals fans in Hyde Park watched the wedding on a big screen

On The Mall crowds waved flags and cheered when the Band of the Coldstream Guards marched down toward the Duke of York Steps.

Playing hits such as Barry Manilow's Copacabana, the 44-member band got spectators moving their feet.

The band was directed by Lieutenant Colonel Graham Jones alongside Drum Major Scott Fitzgerald. The historic band has been in existence for more than 200 years.

Wedding guests: Chelsy Davy, wearing a green outfit, leaves her home to head to the Royal Wedding, left, and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson walks into Westminster Abbey, right

Pippa Middleton arrives with the bridesmaids and pageboys ahead of the wedding

They came in their thousands: Royal fans lining the route cheer as guests arrive before the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton

Bridesmaids and page boys: Tom Pettifer laughs as he arrives with Master William Lowther-Pinkerton, Lady Louise Windsor and Margarita Armstrong-Jones

The Queen and Prince Philip take their seats

The day is here: A military band perform as they march on the Mall this morning hours before William and Kate marry at Westminster Abbey

Pippa Middleton walks into Westminster Abbey with three bridesmaids and two page boys

The nation's grandmother: The Queen arrives at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding

Waiting time: Prince William and his brother Harry walk into the Abbey to wait for the commoner bride Kate Middleton to arrive

Proudest moment: Kate's mother Carole Middleton walks into Westminster Abbey after a last minute change of outfit

Samantha Cameron, centre, wearing a figure-hugging green outfit stands next to her husband Prime Minister David Cameron, left, and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, right

Wedding greetings: Prince William and his best man brother arrive at the Abbey

After weeks of rehearsals, the ceremonial guards perform prior to the Royal Wedding today

Earl Spencer talks to guests inside Westminster Abbey where guests were mingling ahead of the 11am ceremony

Guests arrive: There was almost a party atmosphere inside Westminster Abbey as guests mingled before Kate arrives later

The couple passed the cheering crowds in The Mall after their wedding ceremony in a 1902 State Landau that was used by Charles and Diana 30 years ago.
Bridesmaids Lady Louise Windsor, seven, and Margarita Armstrong-Jones, eight, arrived five minutes later, accompanied by pageboy Tom Pettifer, eight, were among the first to arrive at the Abbey.

Last night, wearing a polka-dot dress, the bride-to-be, accompanied by her sister Pippa and mother Carole, waved to the huge crowd which has gathered outside the hotel in Belgravia last night as she enjoyed her last night as a single lady.

5,000 people camped out along the Mall hoping to get a good sight of the couple when they pass in the open topped vehicle later this morning.


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With showers forecast for the wedding day there had been fears an enclosed carriage would be used. But the decision meant tens of thousands of spectators were able to get a good view of the couple.

If it had been raining the couple would have travelled along the one-and-a-half mile route to the palace in a Glass Coach.
Prince Harry, William's best man, and Pippa Middleton, Kate's sister and maid of honour, followed to the Palace in two separate Ascot Landau carriages with the young bridesmaids and page boys.

Princes William and Harry arrive in Westminster Abbey for the wedding

Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam, wearing a dazzling polka-dot dress, arrive at Westminster Abbey, right. Inside, left, some guests mingle

Early start: Spectators line the route the royal carriage will take from Westminster Abbey to the Palace later. There will be 1,900 guests at the ceremony

Here come the guests: The first of the 1,900 people with invitations to the service arrive. Tony Blair and Gordon Brown will not be there

The second procession was the Sovereign's Escort mounted by four squadrons from the Household Cavalry.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh travelled in a semi-state Landau as will Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, who will be joined by Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton.

The horses leading the coaches were Cleveland Bays, the only British breed of carriage horse, but for the Queen and the newlyweds Windsor greys were used - traditionally reserved for the monarch.
Last night a beaming Kate showed no sign of nerves ahead of her marriage today to Prince William.

Prince William, centre, and his brother, are greeted by Receiver General Stephen Lamport. They walk up the aisle together where they wait for Kate

And royal fans had an extra treat last night as her husband-to-be greeted well-wishers along The Mall.
Prince William, accompanied by his brother Harry, shook hands and chatted with the crowd near Clarence House.
Yesterday morning, Kate was greeted by cheers at the abbey as she was joined by best man Prince Harry - as well as the bridesmaids and pageboys and members of her family - for one last run-through of the big day which will be watched by 2 billion people round the globe.
Later on, the Duchess of Cornwall went out onto the Mall to meet well-wishers and those camping out ahead of today’s event during an impromptu walkabout.

Huge support: Royal supporters wait along the processional route hoping to catch a glimpse of the couple as they make their way to the Abbey

First people arrive: The 1,900 wedding guests are arriving at Westminster Abbey ahead of the service scheduled for 11am


The bride will walk up the aisle to the dramatic sounds of a coronation anthem - the soaring choral masterpiece 'I was glad' by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry from Psalm 122.
It was composed for the crowning of Prince William's great-great-great grandfather Edward VII at Westminster Abbey in 1902, but is also popular at weddings.
As the choir begins to sing, the bride will begin her three and a half minute procession through the Nave and Quire to meet her Prince on her father's arm.
The newlyweds will leave the Abbey to the sounds of the well-known rousing orchestral march Crown Imperial by William Walton, which was also played at Charles and Diana's wedding.
The three hymns - 'Guide me, O thou great Redeemer', 'Love divine, all loves excelling' and Jerusalem which begins 'And did those feet in ancient time' - are all favourites of the couple.

When asked how she was feeling ahead of the big day, the duchess said: 'We’re all ready for tomorrow - it’s wonderful and all very exciting!
'There’s a great atmosphere out here and it’s so nice to meet people and see how the celebrations are getting underway.'
The journalist who carried out the couple's engagement interview said they were attempting to 'block out the terror of having two billion people' watching them.
In a personal message to well-wishers, the couple said they were 'incredibly moved' by the affection shown to them since their engagement in the official wedding programme.
Normally it falls to the Archbishop of Canterbury to write the introductory message, but the couple broke with tradition.
A St James's Palace spokesman said: 'The couple felt that they wanted to put in a message from themselves.'
Following in the footsteps of Diana, Miss Middleton did not promise to 'obey' Prince William in her vows.
With William choosing not to wear a wedding ring, only the prince will said 'With this ring I thee wed' as he places the golden band on Kate's finger.

David and Victoria Beckham talk to Guy Ritchie inside Westminster Abbey as they wait for William and Kate to arrive

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There was one Lesson during the ceremony read by Miss Middleton's younger brother James.
William's father the Prince of Wales his stepmother Camilla, Kate's parents Carole and Michael and her sister Pippa all acted as witnesses and sign the marriage registers during the ceremony.
After a lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace, the Queen will leave - and miss Harry's best man speech and the evening party.
She will head out of the capital with the Duke of Edinburgh for a private weekend, leaving the newlyweds to party the night away at a black tie evening reception with their friends.

Arrivals: His wife Sally towering above him in her high heels, House of Commons speaker John Bercow arrives at Westminster Abbey, right. left, Ben Fogle and Marina Fogle

Family arrive: Kate's uncle Gary Goldsmith leaves his west London home in a £280,000 Rolls Royce Phantom convertible, left, and Miss Middleton's brother James leaves the Goring hotel, right

Security operation: A man is restrained by police officers outside Westminster Abbey this morning as a huge ring of steel is thrown up around the capital

Waiting is over: Union Flags in The Mall this morning ready for the newly-married William and Kate to marry later

Tent city: 5,000 people slept on The Mall to guarantee the best spots along the wedding route, including this man curled up in his sleeping bag

Buckingham Palace said the Queen would hear a number of speeches at the lunchtime canapes reception for 650 guests, including family, friends, foreign royals, dignitaries and charity workers.
She will see the bride and groom cutting their lavish multi-tiered wedding cake.

As final preparations get underway, rain had been threatening to put a dampener on the big day. However, it stayed dry throughout - despite being grey and overcast.

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