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Prince's bride is belle of the ball as guests party night away

THE Duchess of Cambridge last night said her glittering wedding to Prince William was a "great day".

William and Kate began their life together as a married couple after a ceremony that enthralled the world. The Duchess made her comments to a press photographer who took a picture of her and her husband as they left for a party at Buckingham Palace.

Some 300 of the couple's closest family and friends celebrated with dancing and dinner at the palace last night.

Kate said: "I am glad the weather held off. We had a great day."

The palace was a sumptuous venue for the exclusive post wedding celebrations.

Within the walls of the royal residence, toasts were drunk to the newlyweds, speeches made and guests danced the night away. The ballroom, measuring just over 36 metres in length and 18 metres in width, is the largest of the 775 rooms in the palace and was the focal point for the party.

It was added in the 1850s at the request of Queen Victoria and opened in 1856 with a ball to celebrate the end of the Crimean War. Victoria loved to entertain and regularly held gatherings in the opulent surroundings. Guests mingled in the white drawing room, music room, blue drawing room and state dining room - all found in the west wing - and the nearby picture gallery. Kate's evening dress, by designer Sarah Burton, was a strapless white satin gazar evening gown with a circle skirt and diamante embroidered detail round the waist.

Earlier for the wedding ceremony she wore a stunning ivory gown with lace applique floral detail, also designed by Burton.

The heir to the throne and his son, the new Duke of Cambridge, were dressed in dinner jackets with black bow ties.


Kate's sister Pippa had changed from her bridesmaid dress into a long emerald green sleeveless dress with a jewelled embellishment on the front and a plunging neckline.

Her hair was pinned up at the back and she was carrying a clutch bag.

Kate's mother Carole Middleton smiled after stumbling slightly as she came down the stairs at the Goring hotel and her son James placed a guiding hand on her back as she climbed into a silver people carrier. Mrs Middleton wore a black capped sleeve dress, cut low at the front and back, with a tiered skirt. The bride's father and brother wore black tuxedos with bow ties.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, wore a light blue hand-embroidered high-collared floor length Anna Valentine dress for the evening.

Irish Independent Supplement