Royal Wedding kiss: Newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton kiss for the crowds on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
Prince William and Kate Middleton kiss for the crowds
Newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton sealed their love with not one but TWO kisses on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony today to the delight of the nation.
The bride and groom appeared with their families to acknowledge the thousands of well-wishers crowded along The Mall.
They exchanged a kiss to roars of approval.
Then, as an RAF flypast swept towards the palace, the couple kissed again,.
The crowds were escorted down the Mall to Buckingham palace
Well-wishers waited patiently with cameras at the ready for the couple's first kiss
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Royal wedding day timetable of events for next one month with Honeymoon plans
THE Lord Chamberlain’s office at Buckingham Palace has mapped out the day’s schedule with military precision after a series of run-throughs to ensure everything sits perfectly for the 11am start.
8.15AM TO 9.45AM: Most of the guests arrive. Members of Kate’s extended family and locals from her home village take their seats next to the couple’s friends from university and schooldays. Celebrity guests including David and Victoria Beckham, Sir Elton John, Ben Fogle and wife Marina mingle with crowds.
9.50AM: The next “tier” of guests including Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha, Foreign Secretary William Hague and wife Ffion, Labour Leader Ed Miliband and fiancee Justine Thornton arrive. Politicians from all parties sit with leaders and foreign dignitaries who have gathered from Commonwealth countries.
10.15AM: William and his best man Prince Harry take their places at the front of the abbey.
10.20AM: Foreign royals start to file into the venue. These include Prince Felipe of Spain and his stunning wife Princess Letizia, the Sultan of Oman, the fabulously wealthy Sultan of Brunei, Prince Albert of Monaco with his South African-born fiancee Charlene Wittstock, and Sheikha Mozah of Qatar.
10.27AM: Kate’s mum Carole Middleton and her brother James are dropped off at the abbey.
10.30AM: Junior British royals such as Zara and Peter Phillips begin to take their seats.
10.40AM: Royals higher up the line of succession arrive. Prince Andrew takes his seat next to daughters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, whose mum, Sarah Ferguson, has famously been snubbed. The proud parents of bridesmaid Lady Louise Windsor – Prince Edward and wife Sophie – arrive with their three-year-old son Viscount Severn. They are closely followed by Princess Anne and her husband Timothy Laurence.
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Royal wedding guest list: a fallen hero's family, Victoria and David Beckham, a gay rugby star and Mr Bean
William has given the families of his Army pals ****ed in combat prime seats at his wedding.
His Sandhurst mentor Major Alexis Roberts died in Afghanistan and 2nd Lieutenant Joanna Dyer was ****ed in Iraq. The wedding guest list published yesterday shows he has invited Alexis's widow Susie and Joanna's sister Holly.
They will join celebrities such as David and Victoria Beckham, and Mr Bean comedy star Rowan Atkinson. Gay Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas is also invited.
One guest with a more typical name for such an occasion is fundraiser Barty Pleydell-Bouverie - but Princess Di's friends Rosa Monckton and Annabel Goldsmith were left out, although sources said most of the invites went to pals of Wills and Kate. Here's the list in full...
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Sure those hats were wise, ladies? Princesses Bea and Eugenie top the fashion flops yet again in outlandish outfits
On a day of high fashion, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie certainly didn’t let the side down with their choice of designers.
It was, perhaps, a brave decision by Beatrice to pick a dusty pink Valentino Couture outfit given her flame-coloured hair. But the well-cut knee-length design at least allowed her to show off that new svelte figure.
Bolder still was her choice of headwear, a creation by star milliner Philip Treacy who seems to have designed the majority of the hats for yesterday’s wedding. Is that an octopus on her head, or a pair of antlers?
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Getting it wrong: Princess Eugenie of York in Vivienne Westwood and Princess Beatrice of York in Valentino haute couture arrive at Westminster Abbey for the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Kate Middleton
Faux pas: The Princesses have come under fire for their outlandish outfits
Treacy created some fabulous hats for the wedding – as seen on Zara Phillips and Sam Branson’s girlfriend, Isabella Calthorpe – but Beatrice’s hat wasn’t one of them, because it stole attention away from her face.
Her younger sister, Eugenie, wore a cobalt-coloured creation by British designer Vivienne Westwood. A patriotic choice it may have been, but it did little to enhance Eugenie’s terrific curves.
The jacket with bow detailing was too tight; her puffball skirt a violently bright shade of blue and neither matched her gold platforms.
Rounded off with another Philip Treacy hat, the end result was slightly too panto for a setting as solemn as the Abbey.
The Countess of Wes*** took the prize for the most stylish member of the Royal Family – after the bride of course. Sophie looked radiant – and trim – in a fitted biscuit suit by British designer Bruce Oldfield, who had at one point been the favoured name to design the bridal dress.
Paired with a jaunty Jane Taylor hat with rose detailing, you would hardly know that Sophie had broken a rib in a riding accident earlier in the week. Princess Michael of Kent shimmered into the Abbey in a teale blue jacket and skirt, and yet another Philip Treacy hat that showed that she clearly wasn’t worrying about obstructing the view of every single guest sitting behind her.
Her daughter-in-law, Hollywood actress Sophie Winkleman, cut a dash in chic, navy Armani Prive alongside her husband, Lord Frederick Windsor.
And then there was the next royal bride-to-be – Zara Phillips shone in a fitted, silver Paul Costello outfit, teamed with, oh yes, another Philip Treacy hat that showed off her magnificent cheekbones.
The more senior members of the Royal Family opted for sugary tones that would have made the Queen Mother proud.
Princess Anne beamed in a floral mid-length lime green and purple jacket teamed with a knee-length purple silk dress. Worn with the obligatory double strand of pearls around her neck, it was a jolly look completed with a purple hat covered in netting.
Oh dear: Ed Miliband's partner Justine struck the wrong note with her creased taffeta skirt, incongruous funnel neckline, shrunken, wrinkled jacket and demented hat, while Tara Palmer Tomkinson, right, looked brash
The Duchess of Kent made a rare public appearance in a pale pink jacket and skirt matched with tan kitten heels – neatly set off by a snakeskin handbag that would not have shamed Victoria B eckham.
And Lady Helen Windsor, ever the royal fashionista, wore an appropriate royal blue jacket with a floral dress and silk clutch.
All in all a kaleidoscope of colour from the Royal Family – and a very profitable day for Philip Treacy who can now claim the prize as the Mad Hatter by Royal Appointment.
P.S. THE EARL AND HIS GIRLS CAME TOO
William and Harry’s uncle Earl Spencer, right, was back at Westminster Abbey where his impassioned eulogy at the funeral of his sister Diana dominated proceedings 14 years ago.
The earl, 46, was seated with four of his children, including Lady Amelia (below left), 18, her twin Lady Eliza (centre) and Lady Kitty (right), 20, below, and his fiancée, Karen Gordon, behind the Middletons and on the other side of the aisle from the Royal Family.
It was a bad day all round for politicians' supposedly better halves.
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, wife of Nick Clegg, made a dramatic statement in a form-fitting lace overlay dress, black stilettos, turban and vibrant flower headpiece, but while she undoubtedly made a statement, maybe it was the wrong sort.
Celebrity bridal stylist Camilla Ridley-Day said it was 'all a bit much', adding that her hat looked a little ridiculous.
Twitter users were more colourful in their descriptions, calling her outfit 'part Carmen Miranda, part Roxie Hart', while one wonderd why she was wearing a 'lampshade' on her head.
Sally Bercow, wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons, showed scant regard for royal protocol as she stepped out in a black lace wrap dress with plunging neckline and revealing hemline complete with split.
Either Ms Bercow was unaware of, or simply disregarded, the formal dress code that implicitly calls for demure neckline and skirt length as she revealed a shocking expanse of her ample cleavage and a flash of thigh.
Her outfit choice certainly raised a few eyebrows, but her flouting of formality would have been no surprise to many, thanks to Ms Bercow's penchant for sensational headline-grabbing outfits. After all, who could forget the semi-naked Ms Bercow posing in view of the Houses of Parliament in a bed sheet?
Samantha Cameron also broke with royal wedding tradition, choosing to turn up at the Abbey bare-headed. Although her Burberry dress with its demure sleeves and neckline fit the bill, onlookers said her head looked strangely naked - especially in contrast to the elaborate headgear of fellow guests.
Dog's dinner: Sally Bercow's dress was too short and the neckline too low, while right, Clegg's wife Miriam looked dramatic, but the combination of lace, gloves, turban and corsage made for a jumbled result
A Labour MP has since come out to criticise the move, while social media sites are rife with discussion on her decision to go hatless, taking to the Internet to slate what they called her 'disrespectful' choice.
But the award for protocol-buster of the day surely goes to Lady Kitty Spencer, daughter of Earl Spencer, who wore a very snug Victoria Beckham dress that revealed an expanse of decolletage, the effect of which was only enhanced by the overhead camera angle.
Informal: Samantha Cameron chose not to wear a hat for the royal wedding, a move which some commented made her head look 'naked' and her overall look unfinished
Dressed to the nines: Earl Spencer's daughters, Lady Amelia, Lady Eliza and Lady Kitty wore elaborate fascinators, with Kitty, far right, wearing a very low-cut Victoria Beckham dress with her Philip Treacy hat
Revealing too much? Lady Kitty Spencer's Victoria Beckham dress gave her an impressive cleavage - but perhaps too much flesh was on show for the formality of the occasion
PS POSH'S OUTFIT: HIT OR MISS? YOU DECIDE...
As for Victoria Beckham, the jury is still out.
Her dress was classy if a little funereal: a loose-fitting piece from her own collection that skimmed her bump perfectly. The sombre navy tone was perhaps a little dark for such a happy occasion, but the style was demure and appropriate.
What a shame then, that she should spoil the effect with her harshly pulled-back hair - some have called the fiercely pulled-back ponytail the 'Croydon face-lift', thanks to the effect it has on the forehead - topped off with a gravity-defying hat clinging to her forehead and heavy make up far too dark for a daytime wedding.
'I loved the outfit, says Ridley-Day, but it would have been better to keep her hair softer, and her make up was possibly a little bit more red carpet than royal wedding.'
And in a final note on fashion faux pas: David's OBE medal be worn on the left, not the right. Thankfully, a kindly official must have pointed the error out to Becks, as he switched the medal to the correct side during the ceremony.
The jury's out: Victoria's dress was classy, but some suggested her hair was sc****d back too tightly giving her the 'Croydon face-lift' effect, while her make-up was perhaps more suited to red carpet than royal wedding... and David's medal was worn on the wrong side, but not for long...
Enlarge Minor adjustment: Once inside the service, David Beckham switched his OBE medal from the right lapel where it was on his arrival, to the left, where it should rightly be
William's ex- girlfriends
It could have been us! William's ex- girlfriends, who all came so close to being the princess bride themselves
As Jecca Craig, Arabella Musgrave, Rose Farquhar, Olivia Hunt and Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe walked into Westminster Abbey this morning, one couldn't help wondering what they might have looked like walking down the aisle in a white gown. For as William's ex-girlfriends, it could so easily have been them.
Though it has been over eight years since any of the dated him, it appears that he has sustained a relationship with nearly all of them.
Of course many have long-term partners of their own now. Miss Craig, 28, who had a teenage fling with William, attended with her beau Captain Philip Kaye - a friend of the prince himself.
Old flames: Actress Isabella Calthorpe, 30, in Matthew Williamson (left), was the subject of William's affections several years ago, while Jecca Craig (right), 28, had a teenage fling with the Prince
Miss Calthorpe, 30, who the Prince was said to be besotted by in 2004, is now dating actor and childhood friend Sam Hoare.
Miss Hunt, 28, who dated William at university before Kate, and his first girlfriend, Miss Farquhar, 26, who he dated for a short while after he left Eton, also attended, as did Davina Duckworth-Chad – once named as a potential bride for William, who was at the wedding with husband Tom Barber.
That didn't stop the ladies going all-out in the fashion stakes. Miss Calthorpe supported British design talent in boho-chic Matthew Williamson.
Still friends: Rupert Finch (left, with his wife, Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs) dated the bride at St Andrews. Gucci PR Arabella Musgrove (right) once dated the groom but is now with banking heir George Galliers-Pratt
Arabella Musgrave, 28, who does PR for Gucci and now dates banking heir George Galliers-Pratt, and her friend Olivia Hunt, were both faithful to the Italian fashion giant.
They certainly gave the Royals a run for their money, even though they too had made an exceptional effort with Princess Beatrice in Valentino Haute Couture, Lady Kitty Spencer in Victoria Beckham and Gabriella Windsor in Catherine Walker.
The presence of so many ex-partners demonstrates how solid William and his new bride's relationship must be. A less secure woman might be shaken by the presence of a former lover in the congregation.
The ex factor: Both William and Catherine, pictured after their wedding at Westminster Abbey today, have remained good friends with their former lovers
But Kate, now the Duchess of Cambridge, has a couple of her own old flames among the guests. Journalist Willem Marx, 28, who was her first boyfriend at Marlborough, has remained a close friend.
Also in attendance was lawyer Rupert Finch, 32, who briefly dated Kate at St Andrews. He is now married to the Marquess of Reading’s daughter, Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, who herself is a dear friend of William's.
Together, the former lovers form the core of William and Kate's social set, and regularly join the Princes and their partners on holidays to Kenya and ski trips at Klosters.
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