Live coverage: Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding day

Di Charles
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9.32pm The fashion verdict on the bride's frock from The Guardian:
Kate looks every bit the princess, but nothing at all like Princess Diana...  With this dress, Kate has redrawn the order of princess succession. She has stepped out of Diana's shadow, but by making a strong visual connection to Princess Grace, made a strong statement that she intends to look every inch the princess.
9.28pm The wedding party has disappeared inside Buckingham Palace. We'll next see them in half an hour to 45 minutes for the balcony kiss.
9.25pm Lesson from the royal wedding: getting in and out of a carriage in a big white dress requires some careful manoeuvring.
9.22pm Harry's in the kids' carriage further back, but he looks like he's having a jolly time...nearly at the Palace.
9.19pm All that waving must start to hurt after a while....
9.10pm Into the open carriage and off to the palace. The newlyweds look relieved as they wave to the screaming crowds. Kate's wave is looking much more regal.

9.05pm They're heading back down the aisle, Kate and Wills are both looking pleased as punch.
Wikipedia has already updated Kate's entry to read Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge according to The Independent.
9.00pm Looks like the paperwork is done. Charles and Camilla are back in their seats, while Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall are giggling a few rows back. What are Wills, Kate, Harry and Pippa up to out the back?
8.57pm The royal family, along with pretty much the whole congregation, look thoroughly bored as they wait for Wills and Kate to return.
8.55pm Ah, some more singing. They're off signing the newly minted Duke and Duchess are off signing the register in the St Edmund Chapel.
8.52pm The Independent reports:
The Duke of Edinburgh is listening intently. The Queen looks as though she may be dozing off.
8.48pm The Press Association reports that according to a lip-reader, Will cracked a joke to his father in law when he saw him at the Abbey. "We're supposed to have just a small family affair'', he's reported to have said.
8.44pm Kate and Will have written their own prayer. Excerpt:
In the busyness of each day keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy.
Strengthened by our union help us to serve and comfort those who suffer. We ask this in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Amen.
More at the official website here.

The ring

The ring
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Swans are up 38-24 against Carlton at half time. Broncos up 2 points over the Doggies after 3 minutes.
8.40pm For posterity, here's one of the many great photos of the dress. Pic: AFP.

Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey

Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey
Kate Middleton arrives with her sister, Maid of Honour Philippa Middleton at the West Door of Westminster Abbey in London for her wedding to Britain's Prince William, on April 29, 2011.
Source: AFP
8.38pm For those of you who spotted Will wasn't given a ring, here's the explanation.
8.36pm More on their titles from the Daily Mail.
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.
More here.
8.32pm Channel 9 has switched to the NRL for the Bulldogs v Broncos game. Live coverage of the wedding continues on 7, 10, Sky, BBC, ABC, CNN, BBC World and Fox News.
8.29pm Over at The Guardian, they say Kate's dress apparently never left Buckingham Palace. It was designed and crafted there, and then transported to her hotel.
8.24pm What did he say to her? reports the words Will said when Kate met him at the altar were: "You're beautiful." Popsugar says he mouthed "you look beautiful".
8.21pm They have been pronounced man and wife, and also the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
8.18pm Kate's ring almost got stuck. Will managed to squeeze it on after a fashion. All going smoothly so far, no tears.
8.15pm Traditional vows, asking the couple if they will love, honour and keep each other in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer.
8.12pm AND WE'RE OFF. The ceremony's underway.

The altar

The altar
Picture: AAP
Overheard quote of the day: "Why would you let your sister wear that dress?"
8.09pm Prince William sees Kate and grins like the cat who got the cream. They exchanged a few words at the altar while the choir sings, helped along by Elton John in the assembly.
8.06pm Pippa Middleton looks a knock-out. Kate's dress by comparison looks fairly plain and a bit too Laura Ashely for a royal wedding. The dress doesn't match the occasion.
She's coming to the altar now. Here comes the first look.
8.03pm Kate's train appears to be about 12-15 feet long, compared to Princess Diana's monster 25-foot train.
8.02pm The dress bears an uncanny resemblance to Grace Kelly's for her marriage to Prince Ranier.
8.02pm Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton has been named as the designer of Kate's dress.
8.01pm She's arrived! Kate is one minute late according to Big Ben.

7.59pm Pippa Middleton looks more like she's off to the Oscars than a royal wedding - stunningly elegant, and sexy, white dress and no bouquet.


Picture: AAP
7.55pm Kate is en route to Westminster Abbey in a Rolls-Royce.
7.54pm Kate hasn't quite got the royal wave down-pat yet. But she is wearing a tiara.
7.51pm First glimpse of Kate! It looks like a white dress with lace sleeves. She appears to be carrying a quite small bouquet and she is wearing a veil.
7.49pm Maid of honour Pippa Middleton and the flowergirls, along with the pageboys, are on their way. Interestingly, Pippa looks like she is wearing a white, while the flowergirls have on dresses that looks similar to those that Princess Diana's attendants wore.
7.46pm Prince Charles and Camilla are greeting guests inside the church.
7.45pm The bell ringers sound like they're getting even more into the spirit of things. Can guests, some of whom have been stuck in their seats for an hour and a half, hear one another?
7.43pm A white tent has been erected at The Goring hotel to cover Kate when she leaves for the church. The idea reportedly is so we won't be able to catch a glimpse of her dress until she arrives at Westminster.
7.42pm Here comes the Queen! Ma'am has gone for lemon yellow.
7.41pm Princess Eugenie has opted for a bizarre wide-hipped floral look. The top half looks like a leftover from the set of The Tudors.
7.37pm  The younger royals seem to be traveling in a pack- Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn; Viscount and Viscountess Linley; Zara Phillips and her fiance Mike Tindall. Charmingly appropriate get-ups all around.
7.35pm En route: Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
7.34pm Will the British hat business go into rapid decline after the wedding? Westminster Abbey looks like it has been filled with every possible feather, fascinator, and wide-brimmed number available.

7.32pm Kate's mother Carole Middleton and her brother James have arrived.
7.31pm Curious about who is who in the royal fold? Here's a handy guide.
7.28pm Hello uncle. Princess Diana's brother, Earl Spencer has arrived.

Earl Spencer

Earl Spencer
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7.24pm A bit of a surprise appearance - Mohamed Al-Fayed walking with a cane.
7.23pm Is Wills looking just a little bit thinner on top? Or is it just the lighting?
7.22pm The much-touted trees in the Abbey look great in the sweeping camera shots, but up close, the decorations look pretty standard. All done for the effect of TV?
7.21pm William and Harry are walking the red carpet to the altar. Next to arrive, the Middletons.
7.17pm William looks petrified. Harry looks like he’s having a jolly old time waving to the crowds.


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7.11pm The bridegroom Prince William has just left Clarence House with his brother Prince Harry. So far no sign of either of them opening the door for a quick spew. 7.08pm Breaking news: Victoria Beckham has cracked a smile.
7.03pm British PM David Cameron and his clothes-horse wife Samantha Cameron arrive to cheers from the crowd. Controversially, Sam-Cam as she has become known, is not wearing a hat – cue the collective sharp intake of breath.

Sam Cam

Sam Cam
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7.02pm There is no mystery about what Wills and Harry will be wearing. Clarence House has announced that the groom wear the uniform of Colonel of the Irish Guards while best man Harry will wear the uniform of a Captain of the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals).
6.57pm Governer General Quentin Bryce has arrived in a striking fuschia number.
6.55pm Julia Gillard and Tim Mathieson have arrived at the Abbey. Cue some very dignified milling about with an usher.
6.49pm Sometimes-It girl Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has on a spectacularly blinding electric blue frock. Evidently not a fan of the less-is-more principle.


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6.47pm New dads Elton John and David Furnish arrive, looking pretty pleased with themselves.


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6.43pm Director Guy Richie spotted hobnobbing with Posh and Becks.
6.40pm Prime Minister Julia Gillard is en route to the Abbey now. The PM has opted to wear a pick'n'mix of Australian designers including Anthea Crawford, Carla Zampatti, Alan Pinkus and Perth designer Aurelio Costarella.
Her fascinator was bought from David Jones. But she also bought part of her outfit from the department store's competitor Myer.

Julia and Tim

Julia and Tim
Tim Mathieson looks pleased as punch. Picture: Britta Campion

6.34pm Posh is wearing a black get-up of her design. 6.18pm Phwoar! David and Victoria Beckham are making their way inside the Abbey. Becks looks like he was born in a morning suit - his wife is wearing a sour expression and what looks like she has a strange black bell boy's cap with a massive spike glued to her forehead.

Posh and Becks

Posh and Becks
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6.15pm A dapper-looking Ian Thorpe has just entered Westminster Abbey.


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6.14pm Clarence House is promising that details about Kate’s dress will be revealed first on their Twitter stream. Stay tuned.
6.07pm By far the best spectacle of the royal wedding thus far is watching the army of TV hosts in London, all done up in their Sunday best, padding out the hours of air that have to be filled until something actually happens.
6.05pm The guests arriving at the Abbey now will have to wait around for TWO HOURS before the service. And many of the chairs have no cushions. There’ll be some royally numb butts by the end of the service.
6.03pm Channel 7 reporting on some of the security threats: al-Qaeda, Irish republicans, anti-monarchists and British anarchists.

5.56pm The view inside Westminster Abbey, posted on Twitter by the BBC:

Abbey 3

Abbey 3
Picture: Courtesy BBC World

Original is here. 5.47pm Kate and Wills have just passed Justin Bieber in terms of Google searches in Australia.

Royal wedding

Royal wedding
Picture: Courtesy Google Trends
5.45pm London’s Telegraph gives a handy low-down on the background to the titles that Will and Kate were given by the Queen.
5.42pm Hot style tip on Channel 7! Ladies going to a royal wedding should avoid wide-brimmed hats, because there are many times when you will be exchanging kisses and a big hat gets in the way.

5.37pm Pizzas, condoms, knitted versions of the royal couple - nothing comes to close to British plumber Barmy Baz Franks' efforts to celebrate the (nearly) royal couple. The 29-year-old has had Kate and Wills tattooed on his teeth. Franks paid a dentist $1,500 to have their faces temporarily inked Kate and Wills on his teeth.

Never fear, the “gnasher tats” (that took six hours to complete) are temporary and should wear off in about three months.
5.32pm The #RoyalWedding stream on Twitter is roaring now. You can try this search for a selection of tweets with people's photos, ranging from pics from the streets of London to people in their homes getting their parties going.
Meanwhile, Channel Seven just showed a clip of Chris Bath on top of an open-top bus driving through London trying a royal wave.
5.23pm This little bit of royal family title trivia just in from the BBC.
The last Duke of Cambridge, like Prince William, married a commoner for love. Prince George, known as the 2nd Duke of Cambridge, was born in 1819. He was a grandson of George III and the only son of Prince Adolphus Frederick, the 1st Duke of Cambridge.
Maybe the title is something of an in-joke at the House of Windsor?
You can see the BBC coverage here.
5.04pm The Queen will give Kate and Wills the titles of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
4.54pm Gawkers, rejoice!
Kate and Wills will hitch a ride back to Buckingham Palace in an open carriage the Associated Press reports.
The decision is a boon for the tens of thousands of people who have lined London’s streets to catch a glimpse of the royal lovebirds.
For a little bit of history, the 1902 landau was the same carriage used by Wills parents 30 years ago.
4.32pm What do Kate Middleton, Megan Fox, Charlize Theron and Beyonce have in common?
Australian blokes think Kate is a bit of alright.
FHM editor Guy Mosel the royal-in-waiting looked to set be a surpsie inclusion in this year’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll.
Well, she is the first future queen who has been photographed in her bra and knickers.
Another bloke who charmed by Kate is former News of the World editor and now -CNN host Piers Morgan.
In an interview with the Huffington Post he explained why not only Brits, but the world, have been won over by this girl.
"She's come from a very normal, middle class, working class family who have had to work all their lives for their own money, built their own businesses, so there's nothing special about Kate Middleton in terms of her pedigree or her breeding, if you'd like, which is very much symbolic of the British royal class system…. So, in that sense, she's a bit of an outsider, but that may well be why William has chosen her.”
4.18pm With only hours until Kate finds herself with a reported two and a half billion pairs of eyes on her, chances are right now she’s doing her own eye-liner, or so Napoloeon Perdis says.
The Sydney boy turned makeup guru is the latest person to report Kate has insisted on doing her own makeup. Quelle horreur!
“Does Kate not realise that a bazillion pair of eyes will be scrutinising her every move? Does she not know the pore-maximising capabilities of HDTV? Or that every bride needs careful contouring, no matter how genetically blessed she may be?” he wrote in the Huffington Post.
Got that Kate? It's trowel time.

3.44pm There are fears rain may fall when the royal couple appear for their post wedding kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, despite a forecast temperature of up to 20C.
Forecaster Billy Payne told PA: "There's a reasonable chance of a few heavy showers around at that time (about 1.25pm London time, or 10.25pm AEST).
He said there was also a chance rain could fall at the time the bride steps from the limousine on her father's arm to enter the abbey.

3.34pm's royal wedding aficionado, romance and statistics correspondent Will Temple writes that Prince William has more chance of enjoying a fairytale ending with his wedding than his parents ever did.
Data from UK statistician shows the divorce rate was rising when Prince Charles married Diana, but is currently falling as their son ties the knot.
Read more here.
3.21pm Royal tragics: Check out some of the more enthusiastic crowd camped out for the wedding. Like this chap, dressed as a policeman outside Westminster Abbey. Picture: AP

Britain Royal Wedding

Britain Royal Wedding
A spectator dressed as a policeman laughs outside Westminster Abbey on the eve of the Royal Wedding between Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton in London, Thursday April 28, 2011.(AP Photo/Owen Humphreys-pa)
Source: The Daily Telegraph
3.09pm Some of the UK newspapers are getting all misty-eyed and romantic on the eve of the wedding. You can read a wrap of the doting media here.
The Sun appeared to speak for the late Princess Diana with their headline, 'Mum would be so proud'.
The staunchly republican Guardian eased off for the day, but still urged people against "demented princess worship."
2.40pm A life-size cutout of Prince William and Catherine Middleton standing in the foyer of the Windsor Hotel may have been the most photographed attraction in Melbourne this week. An estimated 5000 people have had their photo taken with the cardboard pair since they arrived a month ago. Windsor Hotel CEO David Perry says:
It just brings a smile to everyone's face. I think the world is so thankful after such natural disasters and terrible things going on in the world this year that there's a good news story.

windsor hotel

windsor hotel
A visitor has his photo taken alongside a life-size cut out of the royal couple at the Hotel Windsor in Melbourne. Picture: AAP
Source: AAP
2.36pm Chelsy Davy, the girlfriend of the groom's brother Prince Harry, will be wearing two designer dresses over the course of the day. She will be dressed in two creations by Italian designer Alberta Ferrett, the designer's rep confirmed to

The 25-year-old Zimbabwe-born blonde will wear an aqua green bias reverse satin short dress with a faille silk jacket of the same colour to the ceremony in Westminister Abbey. She will then change into a one-shoulder midnight blue crepe satin gown with a cutout detail on the back for the evening party.

chelsy davy prince harry

chelsy davy prince harry
Prince Harry of Wales walks with his girlfriend Chelsy Davy last year. Chelsy will wear two outfits to the wedding.
Source: AP
2.09pm German news website Der Spiegel has published an angry and frustrated editorial blasting the royal wedding as a joke and " a hopelessly overhyped celebration of an absurdly undemocratic system".
Der Spiegel's London correspondent tears into the Kingdom and expresses sympathy for Kate Middleton.

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