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Royal Wedding in Pictures

Royal Wedding - Carole Middleton

The countdown to the royal wedding started several days before the event, but things really got exciting when mother of the bride Carole Middleton and son James Middleton (Kate's younger brother) arrived at Westminster Abbey. Their arrival was followed by the rest of the VIP guests... and we've got pictures to prove it. Follow the jump to see the entire royal wedding in pictures.

Royal Wedding - Princes

Princes William and Harry arrived in full military dress, pausing to shake hands and greet guests as they walked up the aisle.

Royal Wedding - Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip, arrive.

Royal Wedding - Queen Elizabeth

Royal Wedding - Kate Middleton arrives

Kate Middleton arrives with her father John Middleton.

Royal Wedding - Kate Middleton arrives

The wide, clear windows of the car allowed the throngs of watchers on the streets to watch her as she traveled to Westminster Abbey.

Royal Wedding - Kate Middleton

Kate gets assistance from sister and Maid of Honor Pippa Middleton. Both women are dressed in gowns designed by Sarah Burton of the Alexander McQueen fashion house.

Royal Wedding- Wedding Dress

Kate's gown has an 8-foot train. It's made of ivory and white satin. The long veil is ivory silk tulle with hand-embroidered flowers.

Royal Wedding - Wedding dress

Royal Wedding - Kate Middleton

Kate did her own make-up for her big day and had extensions put in her hair to give it more volume. Breaking with tradition, Kate wore her hair down for the wedding. She's wearing the Halo tiara, made by Cartier in 1936. The earrings were gifts from her parents.

Royal Wedding - Wedding March

Royal Wedding - Aerial

Royal Wedding - End Procession

Royal Wedding - Altar

Royal Wedding - Prayer

The couple knelt for a prayer during the ceremony.

Royal Wedding - Vows

Prince William smiled at his bride as she delivered the wedding vows.

Royal Wedding - Binding

Royal Wedding - Ring

Royal Wedding - Ceremony

Royal Wedding - Anthem

An anthem, specially written for the couple, was performed after the ceremony.

Royal Wedding - William and Kate

The guests and the newly-wedding couple sang along to a joyous hymn.

Royal Wedding - James Middleton

Kate's brother James Middleton read a passage from Romans.

Royal Wedding - End Procession

The couple was led out by a formal procession back down the aisle.

Royal Wedding - End Procession

Royal Wedding - End

Royal Wedding End

Kate's bouquet contains sweet William, lily of the valley, hyacinth and a sprig of myrtle from Queen Victoria's garden. Victoria used a sprig of myrtle in her own wedding bouquet for good luck. It has since become a royal wedding tradition.

Royal Wedding - Leaving

A fairy tale carriage escorted them to Buckingham Palace from the Abbey.

Royal Wedding - Carriage

Royal Wedding - William and Kate

Royal Wedding - Carole Middleton, Queen Elizabeth, Camilla

Carole Middleton, Queen Elizabeth and Camilla, wife to Prince Charles, chatted together after the wedding. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwell, is wearing a frock from Anna Valentine. The Queen is in Angela Kelly, wearing a true lover's knot brooch that originally belonged to Queen Mary.

Royal Wedding - Carriage

Watching crowds cheered and clapped as the royal couple made their way to their celebratory wedding breakfast.



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