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Royal wedding: 10 talking points from the big day

1. The dress: The best kept secret of the wedding. The ivory and lace gown by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen drew universal praise when it was finally unveiled when Catherine alighted from her car outside the Abbey. Described by fashion scribes as “timeless”, “classic” and “Grace Kelly-esque” it defined the bride’s slender figure to perfection

2. The ring:

Much has been made of Catherine’s weight loss in the run up to the big day, but William struggled to get the ring (right) onto her finger

3. The kiss:

Actually there were two on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, which although brief, not as stilted or stiff as the one between Prince Charles and Princess Diana all those years ago

4. Carole Middleton:

Snide comments about her past life as an air hostess and stories of a fall out with her original designer were forgotten as she looked every inch the mother of the Royal bride in a classic sky blue Catherine Walker dress and coat. The late designer was a particular favourite of Princess Diana

5. Phillippa Middleton:

No-one should ever upstage the bride, but the 27-year-old maid-of-honour (below) drew many gasps of admiration in a slinky, cowl-necked long white dress which showed off her very slim figure. Those Middleton girls are quite something

6. Baron Carrickfergus:

One of the honorary titles bestowed on Prince William by the Queen before the ceremony. This link to Co Antrim’s oldest town was created in 1841 but fell into abeyance in 1883. William’s main title, Duke of Cambridge, echoes the last holder, Prince George, also a military man who married a commoner, but did so without royal approval and the marriage was never formally recognised

7. Huw Edwards:

The BBC’s anchor drew a mixed response from tweeters for his performance with some harking for the gravitas of a Dimbleby at the helm. There was much amusement at his comments over pictures of Catherine in the bridal car outside the Goring Hotel. He described the images as “a limited view, but a delightful view”. Unfortunately, for him, they were principally of Miss Middleton's decolletage

8. The Queen:

She appears to effortlessly strike just the right image, no matter what the occasion, and her bright yellow outfit summed up the sunny nature of the day

9. Victoria Beckham:

Of all the celebrity guests, this was the one every female viewer wanted to see. She designed her own midnight blue dress teamed with a Philip Treacy pillbox hat and Christian Louboutin stilettos customised by the designer himself

10. Bolting horse:

As mounted guards accompanied the newlywed couple's open-topped carriage away from the Abbey, one rider fell from his saddle much to the chagrin of his colleagues. As he struggled back to his feet, the horse bolted up Whitehall and past Downing Street. Even the best laid plans...

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