In London the traditional peal of bells across the capital signalled the start of the Royal marriage ceremony.
Kate Middleton in a dress designed by Sarah Burton, creative director at the fashion house Alexander McQueen, wore a tiara loaned by Queen Elizabeth and a diamond sapphire engagement ring that once belonged to William’s mother, Princess Diana.
On the arm of her father, the first commoner to marry a prince in more than 350 years walked slowly to the altar through the nearly 2,000 strong congregation in Westminster Abbey.
In front of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams the couple exchanged their marriage vows without a slip.
It was a British royal occasion of dazzling pomp and pageantry that attracted a huge global audience and a marriage that analysts say has boosted the popularity of the Royal Family.
The newly weds left Westminster abbey in a 1902 open-topped state landau carriage for the short journey to Buckingham Palace. The route was packed with well wishers and a frenzy of flag waving.
The newly weds, now with the title the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, delighted the throng in the Mall when they kissed on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The day had passed off flawlessly capturing the imagination of the country with headline writers already calling it a ‘fairytale wedding’.