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Video: William marries his princess

Published 29/04/2011 | 11:26

Kate Middleton waves as she arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey in London for her wedding to Britain's Prince William, on April 29, 2011. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton leaves the Goring Hotel to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton with her father on the way to Westminster Abbey
Britain's Prince William (L) waves as he arrives with his brother Prince Harry at the West Door of Westminster Abbey for his wedding, in London on April 29, 2011. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Victoria Beckham wore a pillbox hat by Irish milliner Philip Treacy
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Elton John (L) and David Furnish wave as they arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Samantha Cameron, wife of Prime Minister David Cameron, arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29: Queen Sofia of Spain departs Claridge's hotel to attend the wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Former British Prime Minister John Major and Norma Major arrive to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29: Queen Tuanku Nur Zahirah of Malaysia departs Claridge's hotel to attend the wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)

Prince William and Kate Middleton were pronounced man and wife today as they married in a historic fairytale ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

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The future king and his beautiful bride, who will now one day be queen, pledged their love for one another in the ancient surroundings, watched by billions across the globe.



In a stunning ivory gown with lace applique floral detail designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, Kate walked up the red carpeted aisle a commoner.



But with her new husband at her side and a ring on her finger, the former Miss Middleton became HRH the Duchess of Cambridge - William was made a duke by the Queen this morning.



Kate leaves the abbey a princess, the newest member of the royal family and a future Queen Catherine.



She was dubbed "Waity Katie" for her patience during her long courtship with William as she waited for her prince to pop the question.



Today she finally became a royal wife.



As she recited her vows, William smiled encouragingly.



The service was flawless but there was a tiny moment of drama as the prince struggled to place the wedding ring on Kate's finger.



After the couple said their vows, in which the modern-thinking bride did not promise to obey William, the Archbishop of Canterbury declared: "I pronounce that they be man and wife together, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."



Cheers erupted down The Mall and across the country as their union was sealed in front of a congregation of 1,900, with an estimated TV audience of two billion watching around the world.



In the presence of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton, William placed Kate's simple gold wedding band on her finger.



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