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Following in the tradition of the British royal family, Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged vows Friday morning in London’s Westminster Abbey. Thousands gathered outside and many more viewed the nuptials on television and online.
We blogged the day’s events:
3:15 – 4:45 a.m. ET: The general congregation will arrive at the Great North Door of Westminster Abbey. The weather in London is a cool 52 degrees Fahrenheit and partly sunny. So far the rain is holding off.
A steady stream of guests arrives on foot and by car at the Abbey. The approach of singer Elton John draws cheers from the spectators.
British singer Elton John (center) and his partner David Furnish (left) attend the wedding ceremony. Photo by Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters
4:50 a.m. ET: Governors-general and prime ministers of former UK colony countries, the diplomatic corps and other distinguished guests arrive at the Abbey.
5:10 a.m. ET: The bridegroom Prince William and his best man Prince Henry of Wales leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 5:15 a.m. ET (or 10:15 a.m. local time). Right on schedule, Prince William and his entourage drive up in a Bentley. The prince is wearing the red uniform of the Irish Guards regiment, of which he is an honorary colonel.
5:25 a.m. ET: Members of the royal family leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 5:30 a.m. ET. Kate Middleton’s mother, Carole, is wearing a sky blue suit dress designed by Catherine Walker and a hat with matching trim. She arrives with Kate’s brother James at her arm.
James has the only reading in the ceremony, from the Bible, Romans 12: 1-2, 9-18. It reads in part: “Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.”
Sister of the bride and maid of honor Pippa Middleton enters Westminster Abbey. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
5:35 a.m. ET: The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 5:40 a.m. ET.
5:38 a.m. ET: Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 5:42 a.m. ET (or 10:42 a.m. local time). Camilla Parker Bowles dons a champagne silk dress and coat designed by Anna Valentine, the same designer who made her wedding dress to Prince Charles in 2005.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip travel to Buckingham palace after the wedding. Photo by Nir Elias/Reuters
5:40 a.m. ET: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 5:45 a.m. ET (or 10:45 a.m. local time). The Queen is wearing a cheerful daffodil yellow dress and matching hat. She waves to the crowd from her car.
5:48 a.m. ET: The bridesmaids and pages leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 5:55 a.m. ET. Pippa Middleton, 27, is Kate’s maid of honor. The four bridesmaids range in age from 3 to 8.
Kate Middleton arrives with her father Michael and sister Pippa at Westminster Abbey. Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
5:51 a.m. ET: The bride Kate Middleton, accompanied by her father Michael Middleton, leaves the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey. The soon-to-be-princess is resplendent in a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress overlaid with lace. As expected, her arms are covered because of the solemnity of Westminster Abbey. She is wearing a tiara under her veil.
Kate Middleton walks up the aisle with her father, Michael, at Westminster Abbey. Photo by Dominic Lipinski/Pool via Reuters
6 a.m. ET: The marriage service begins (11 a.m. local time). The service will be relayed by audio speakers along the route between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.
Prince William and Kate Middleton exchange rings before the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. Photo by Dominic Lipinski/Pool via Reuters
Prince William puts a ring on Catherine Middleton’s hand during their wedding at Westminster Abbey in London. Pool photo via Reuters
The married couple are now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
7:15 a.m. ET: The carriage procession of the bride and bridegroom with a Captain’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, followed by the Queen’s procession with a Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, leaves Westminster Abbey for Buckingham Palace.
Prince William drives his bride Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, to their reception. Photo by Nir Elias/Reuters
7:30 a.m. ET: The bride’s carriage procession arrives at Buckingham Palace.
7:40 a.m. ET: Members of the royal family and members of foreign royal families arrive at Buckingham Palace.
The eight-tiered wedding cake was made by Fiona Cairns and her team. Photo by John Stillwell/Pool via Reuters
From 7:40 a.m. ET: Other guests for the reception arrive at Buckingham Palace. The Queen of England hosts a luncheon for 600 guests and later, a dinner dance for 300 family and friends.
READ MORE: We reported on the buildup and what the rest of London will do on the big day.
Thousands gather by the Queen Victoria Memorial on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. Photo by Oli Scarff/Pool via Reuters
In the crowd, a tiara-sporting dog. Photo by Paul Hackett/Reuters
8:25 a.m. ET: The queen and the bride and bridegroom, together with their families, appear on the balcony. Lots of waving and smiling on the balcony and a quick kiss between the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate. The crowd chants for more and the couple briefly kisses a second time as military airplanes fly in formation overhead.
The post-wedding kiss from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Photo by John Stillwell/Pool via Reuters
The royal family poses for an official portrait: (Front row left to right) Grace van Cutsem, Eliza Lopes, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II, Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Louise Windsor, William Lowther-Pinkerton. (Back Row left to right) Tom Pettifer, Camilla, duchess of Cornwall; Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Michael Middleton, Carole Middleton, James Middleton, Pippa Middleton. Photo by Hugo Burnand/Clarence House/Handout via Reuters
READ MORE: This royal wedding conjured memories of that of Prince Charles and Lady Diana 30 years ago. Ray Suarez recalls covering the grand event.
Larisa Epatko produced multimedia web features and broadcast reports with a focus on foreign affairs for the PBS NewsHour. She has reported in places such as Jordan, Pakistan, Iraq, Haiti, Sudan, Western Sahara, Guantanamo Bay, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Turkey, Germany and Ireland.
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