In the full glare of the world’s media, Britain’s Prince William and his brother Prince Harry arrived at Westminster Abbey.
The bells pealed out across the capital as the groom and millions waited for the bride.
Kate Middleton, in a dress designed by Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, wore a tiara loaned by the Queen 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 through the nearly 2,000 strong congregation.
It was a British royal occasion of dazzling pomp and pageantry that attracted a huge global audience. It was a marriage that has also served to boost the popularity of the Royal Family.
As the couple left the Abbey, hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom had camped out for three days to get the best views, cheered them on their way to Buckingham Palace.