William, Kate seal it with a kiss

2011-04-29 14:35
London - A massive crowd of well-wishers edged up towards Buckingham Palace on Friday to see Prince William and his bride Kate appear on the balcony and seal their royal wedding with a kiss.

Tens of thousands of people, waving Union Jacks and taking photographs of a historic moment, walked slowly up The Mall, the wide boulevard leading from Trafalgar Square to the palace as a cordon of police led the way.

Thousands of people were already waiting in front of the palace for the balcony scene, a regular feature of royal weddings for decades.

"I wish I were Kate but just for the day. I don't want to become a queen, but it's every girl's dream to become a princess," said Kate More, 20, donning a paper crown as she joined the crowd outside the palace.

"They are the most glamorous and classy couple. They are a new face for the monarchy," gushed her friend Katie Oresko, a student from Chicago.


Clutching Union Jack flags, well-wishers had come from all over the world, rising before dawn or camping overnight on the streets, and they were finally rewarded on Friday as the second in line to the throne wed Kate tied the knot at Westminster Abbey.

Despite their long vigil, thousands of royal fans were in high spirits as they chanted "We want Kate, we want Kate" in the moments before the Rolls-Royce Phantom carrying her from her hotel arrived at the abbey.

Sitting next to her father Michael, Kate acknowledged the crowds who waved flags and cheered their support.

There was a rush of fans across Parliament Square in the hope of seeing the Rolls-Royce carrying the bride in her elegant dress - an ivory gown with lace appliqué floral detail designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen fashion house.

The crowds then settled to listen to the service, which was broadcast on loudspeakers across the square.

Outside the abbey, where some royal fans had been camped out since Monday, the road was packed.

'It should have been me'

Haytham Khalaf, a 35-year-old university researcher from Jordan, said the wedding was a "once in a lifetime" event, adding: "I could have watched it on TV but up close it is so much better. And you meet people too."

Sam Harburg, a 27-year-old Australian, dressed in a pink tie and dark blue jacket, arrived with a friend at 04:00 equipped with a cool box with beer and two bottles of champagne, "one for the procession and one for the royal kiss".

"I can tell my friends in Australia that I was here," he said.

The crowd was a riot of colour - there were little girls in princess dresses, women sporting paper crowns and plastic tiaras, men in William paper masks and an ocean of red, white and blue Union Jack flags.

One couple came dressed as daffodils, the national flower of Wales, where William and Kate will live after their marriage, while two women wore wedding dresses with signs on their backs saying "It should have been me!"

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