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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh share a smile during the ceremony
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh share a smile during the ceremony
Prince William drives himself and his wife Kate as they leave Buckingham Palace for Clarence House. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who has been given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey.
Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England
Prince William drives himself and his wife Kate as they leave Buckingham Palace for Clarence House. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge drive from Buckingham Palace to Clarence House in an old convertible that had "Just Wed" written on its rear licence plate following their wedding on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who has been given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, wave to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge greet well-wishers from the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Members of the Household Cavalry mounted regiment travel along the Processional Route to Buckingham Palace, in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read: Damien Meyer/PA Wire
Prince William and his new wife Kate travel in the 1902 State Landau carriage along the Processional Route to Buckingham Palace, in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read: Damien Meyer/PA Wire
Pippa Middleton joins the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony between Prince William and his new bride Kate.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA Story: WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read:John Giles/PA Wire
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who has been given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at Buckingham Palace, London, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
NOTE ALTERNATE CROPPrince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who has been given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, leave Westminster Abbey, London following their wedding, to make their way to their wedding reception at Buckingham Palace. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Prince William and his bride Kate make their way down The Mall in London in the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Prince William and his bride Kate make their way down The Mall in London in the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Prince William and his bride Kate make their way down The Mall in London in the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Prince William and his bride Kate make their way down The Mall in London in the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Prince William and his bride Kate make their way down The Mall in London in the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Prince William and his bride Kate make their way down The Mall in London in the procession to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Prince William and his bride Kate travel down The Mall after being married at Westminster Abbey in central London.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA Story: WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read:Yui Mok/PA Wire
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29: Members of the public watch the Royal Wedding on the big screen on April 29, 2011 in Manchester, United Kingdom.The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was 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 and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A spectators celebrates in Hyde Park where big screens have been set up to watch the wedding ceremony on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was 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 and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: TRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the marriage of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sister of the Bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton and bridesmaid Margarita Armstrong-Jones ride in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the marriage of Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 29th April 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/PresseyeA mother and daughter in their crown and veils along with families around the country watch the Royal Wedding as Prince William and Catherine Middleton get married at Westminster Abbey.
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye 29th April 2011Street Parties held for the Royal Wedding in East Belfast Cregah Estate 5 week old Sebastian Vannon with his t-shirt that reads "Mummys handsome little Prince"©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye 29th April 2011Street Parties held for the Royal Wedding in East Belfast Cregah Estate Alison Russell and Cathy Foster©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye 29th April 2011Street Parties held for the Royal Wedding in East Belfast Cregah Estate 5 Year old Courtney Graham©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
Guests inside Westminster Abbey, London, before the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Samantha Cameron
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Royal supporters wave British Union Jack flags along the processional route on the day of the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Catherine Middleton, on April 29, 2011, in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was 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 and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Damien Meyer - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge prepare to begin their journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state.
Prince William his bride Kate leave Westminster Abbey, London, as man and wife after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Prince William and his new bride Kate walk leave Westminster Abbey, London, following their marriage, followed by Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge prepare to begin their journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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: TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smile following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smile following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge prepare to begin their journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton (R) arrives with her father Michael Middleton (L) at Westminster Abbey ahead of 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 Suzanne Plunkett - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 29: Tokyo expats watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton live on TV in the Hobgoblin British Pub in Shibuya on April 29, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. The wedding of Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton will be celebrated at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 29: Tokyo expats watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton live on TV in the Hobgoblin British Pub in Shibuya on April 29, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. The wedding of Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton will be celebrated at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 29: Tokyo expats watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton live on TV in the Hobgoblin British Pub in Shibuya on April 29, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. The wedding of Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton will be celebrated at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Michael Middleton and Carole Middleton ride in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the marriage of Their Royal Highnesses Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Sister of the Bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton and bridesmaid Margarita Armstrong-Jones make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the Royal Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Princess Beatrice (L) of York and Princess Eugenie of York make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the Royal Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the Abbey before making the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the Abbey before making the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William sings beside his bride Catherine Middleton and her father Michael Middleton on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. 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 Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William stands beside his bride Catherine Middleton as her father Michael Middleton helps her with her veil on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. 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 Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: James Middleton, brother of the bride and Carole Middleton, mother of the bride speak to Dean of Westminster John Hall before the wedding at Westminster Abbey ahead of 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 Suzanne Plunkett - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Pageboys and bridemaids 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 Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: The car carrying Catherine Middleton travels to Westminster Abbey for her Royal Wedding to Prince William, 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 Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
YARDLEY HASTINGS, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29 : Residents of Yardley Hastings Vera White, aged 82, and Raymond White, aged 85, and married for 62 years, enjoy a champagne breakfast as they prepare to celebrate the royal wedding on April 29, 2011 in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was 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 and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: The top hat of Michael Middleton fallen to the ground as he steps out of the car to attend the Royal Wedding of his daughter Catherine Middleton to Prince William of Wales 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 Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William and Catherine Middleton during their wedding service in Westminster Abbey ahead of 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 Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William exchanges rings with his bride Catherine Middleton in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams inside Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. 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 Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William stands deside his bride Catherine Middleton with her father Michael Middleton on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. 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 Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton waves as she arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of her wedding with Prince William. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Kate Middleton arrives with her father Michael Middleton to join Prince William and Prince Harry in Westminster Abbey, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Prince William and Kate Middleton with her father Michael Middleton at Westminster Abbey, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Guests stand for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey in London, where Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry later today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey for her wedding to Prince William. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton waves as she arrives for 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sister of the bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton holds hands with Grace Van Cutsem and Eliza Lopes 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: Catherine Middleton drives in a car on her way to Westminster Abbey to wed Prince William 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 Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William speaks to his bride, Catherine Middleton as she holds the hand of her father Michael Middleton on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. 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 Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Guests stand for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey in London, where Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry later today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Marysia Denyer is pictured during a Royal wedding breakfast at St Salvator's Quadrangle in St Andrews, Scotland, the town in which Prince William and Kate Middleton met. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA Story: WEDDING StAndrews Breakfast. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Laura Wette is pictured during a Royal wedding breakfast at St Salvator's Quadrangle in St Andrews, Scotland, the town in which Prince William and Kate Middleton met. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA Story: WEDDING StAndrews Breakfast. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Guests pictured during a Royal wedding breakfast at St Salvator's Quadrangle in St Andrews, Scotland, the town in which Prince William and Kate Middleton met. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA Story: WEDDING StAndrews Breakfast. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Prince William arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of his wedding to Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Prince William arrives at the entrance to Westminster Abbey ahead of his wedding to Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Prince William arrives at Westminster Abbey, London, before his marriage to Kate Middleton
Page boys and bridesmaids arrive at Westminster Abbey, London, escorted by Pippa Middleton before her sister, Kate's, marriage to Prince William. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Ducklings have ribbons tied around their necks for the big duck race on Chapel Row village green, the home village of Kate Middleton, near Bucklebury. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, wife of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Labour leader Ed Miliband arriving at Westminster Abbey ahead of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Samantha, wife of Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, wife of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Carole Middleton arriving at Westminster Abbey, London, ahead of her daughter Kate Middleton's marriage to Prince William. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Guests. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall (centre) arrive at Westminster Abbey, London, ahead of the royal wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Guests. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Princess Beatrice arrives at Westminster Abbey, London, ahead of the royal wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Guests. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall (left) greets Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh (right, obscured) as they arrive at Westminster Abbey, London, ahead of the royal wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Guests. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Westminster Abbey ahead of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Royal supporters wait along the processional route on the day of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Damien Meyer/PA Wire
Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha Cameron in Westminster Abbey in London, where Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry later today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29 2011. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are greeted by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall (L), Dean of Westminster 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 Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene Wittstock 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 Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 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 Dan Kitwood/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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sophie Winkleman, Lady Frederick Windsor 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 Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are greeted by The Right Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster 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: Catherine Middleton and her father Michael Middleton travel past Buckingham Palace as they make their way to 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 Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton and her father Michael Middleton travel past Buckingham Palace as they make their way to 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 Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (L) 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)
On the day of Prince William and Kate Middletons Royal Wedding in England, Rhona Fitzpatrick from Boodles Jewellers, Grafton Street, Dublin, wears a very special 21 carat deep sparkling blue sapphire from Madagascar. Surrounded by white diamonds and mounted in platinum, this ring has a price tag of 225,000. Kate Middletons sapphire engagement ring, which is similar in look, is 18 carats with diamonds mounted in white gold with an estimated retail value of 200,000. Photos by Paul Sherwoodpaul@sherwood.iewww.sherwood.ie00 353 87 230 9096Copyright 2011
On the day of Prince William and Kate Middletons Royal Wedding in England, Rhona Fitzpatrick from Boodles Jewellers, Grafton Street, Dublin, wears a very special 21 carat deep sparkling blue sapphire from Madagascar. Surrounded by white diamonds and mounted in platinum, this ring has a price tag of 225,000. Kate Middletons sapphire engagement ring, which is similar in look, is 18 carats with diamonds mounted in white gold with an estimated retail value of 200,000. Photos by Paul Sherwoodpaul@sherwood.iewww.sherwood.ie00 353 87 230 9096Copyright 2011
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince Harry of Wales 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 Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William (L) waves to the crowd as he arrives with Prince Harry for 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: An officer (C) speaks to Prince William (L) as he arrives with Prince Harry (R) for 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: An officer (L) speaks to Prince William (R) as he arrives for 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William of Wales arrives to attend his Royal Wedding 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 Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: (L-R) Queen Sofia of Spain, Prince Felipe of Spain and Princess Letizia of Spain 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William (L) waves to the crowd as he arrives with Prince Harry for 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A general view of Prince William of Wales (C) with his brother Prince Harry of Wales (R) and The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster 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 Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Katharine, Duchess of Kent (L) and Princess Michael of Kent travel past Buckingham Palace on their way 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 Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene Wittstock 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 Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Mother of the bride Carole Middleton 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Mother of the bride Carole Middleton arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Mother of the bride Carole Middleton 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: British 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: The media assemble on the Queen Victoria Memorial facing Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was 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 and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Chris Ison - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (R) and Frances Osborne (3rd L) 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: Two girls dressed as a Guard and a Beefeater pose for the camera in Hyde Park as they wait to watch 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 Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sir Elton John arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of 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 Suzanne Plunkett - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
YARDLEY HASTINGS, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29 : Brian Abbott aged 77 enjoys his champagne breakfast in the village hall as they prepare to celebrate the marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was 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 and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
YARDLEY HASTINGS, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29 : Debbie Smith and Brian Robson enjoy a champagne breakfast in the village hall as they prepare to celebrate the marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was 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 and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William 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, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William waves to the crowd as he arrives with Prince Harry for 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sir Elton John arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of 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 Suzanne Plunkett - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William of Wales (L) with his brother Prince Harry of Wales 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 Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
YARDLEY HASTINGS, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29 : Residents of Yardley Hasting Northamptonshire enjoy a champagne breakfast in the village hall as they prepare to celebrate the marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was 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 and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A women wearing a Wedding Cake hat poses for the camera in Hyde Park as she waits to watch 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 Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Royal fans wearing a Kate Middleton mask, right, a Prince William mask, 2nd right, and a Queen Elizabeth mask ahead of 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 Max Nash - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A girl has her face painted in Hyde Park where big screens have been set up to watch the wedding ceremony on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was 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 and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Earl Spencer arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of 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 Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Guests take their seats in Westminster Abbey ahead of 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 Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Former Prime Minister Sir John Major and his wife, Norma are shown to their seats in Westminster Abbey ahead of 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 Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Two girls dressed as brides with a guy wearing a Union Jack Skirt pose for the camera in Hyde Park as they wait to watch 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 Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Guests take their seats in Westminster Abbey ahead of 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 Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Ceremonial guards perform along the Mall ahead of 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 Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: British 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: British Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha Cameron 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
YARDLEY HASTINGS, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29 : Brian Abbott, 77, eats his breakfast in the village hall as they prepare to celebrate the marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was 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 and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Catherine Middleton waves to the crowds as she arrives at The Goring Hotel after visiting Westminster Abbey on April 28, 2011 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A general view of priests prior to 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 Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A general view of priests prior to 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 Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators react to a passing marching band as they wait for the arrival of Prince William and Catherine Middleton along the procession route near Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding 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 Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Earl Charles Spencer 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, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators react to a passing marching band as they wait for the arrival of Prince William and Catherine Middleton along the procession route near Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding 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 Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Someone carries a painting of Prince William and Catherine Middleton behind spectators along the procession route near Westminster Abbey on the day of the Royal Wedding 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 Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: The Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Marina Johnson (R) 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: Spectators on a balcony watch a passing marching band as they wait for the arrival of Prince William and Catherine Middleton along the procession route near Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding 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 Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Guests in Westminster Abbey in London where Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry later today.
A royal enthusiast outside Westminster Abbey, London, on the morning of the royal wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Melanie Howells (right), 28, and Sarah Hamilton, 27, both from Reading, Berkshire, outside The Goring hotel waiting the departure of Kate Middleton for her wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Lauren Turner/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators wait for the arrival of Prince William and Catherine Middleton along the procession route near Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding 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 Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: The Right Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster holds the Order of Service before 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators pose for pictures at Hyde Park Corner where big screens have been set up to watch the wedding ceremony on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was 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 and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators dressed as brides pose for picture on the grass at Hyde Park Corner where big screens have been setup to watch the wedding ceremony on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was 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 and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
Victoria and David Beckham
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Guy Ritchie (R) 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, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators pose for pictures on the grass at Hyde Park Corner where big screens have been set up to watch the wedding ceremony on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was 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 and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: David and Victoria Beckham arrive with other guests in Westminster Abbey ahead of 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 Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators walk towards Hyde Park where big screens have been set up to watch the wedding ceremony on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was 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 and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (L) 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, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Spectators react to a passing marching band as they wait for the arrival of Prince William and Catherine Middleton along the procession route near Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding 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 Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Jordan Lee from Jackson Mississippi emerges from a temporary lavatory after spending the night along the Royal Wedding route in London Friday, April, 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel)
NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 28: The commemorative figurines depicting the royal marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton created by the artisan Genny Di Virgilio at San Gregorio Armeno on April 28, 2011 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 28: The commemorative figurines depicting the royal marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton created by the artisan Genny Di Virgilio at San Gregorio Armeno on April 28, 2011 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A woman applies make-up pior to 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A man wears a Union Jack on his nose prior to 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 Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A well wisher with a painted face smiles ahead of 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 Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A Royal Wedding window display inside an Agent Provocateur shop prior to 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 Adrian Murrell/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Well wishers ahead of 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 Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A general view of a royal wedding themed window display at Agent Provocateur in Pont Street, Chelsea 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 Adrian Murrell/Getty Images)
Diana
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Staff dress the balcony at Buckingham Palace ahead of 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 John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: ITN journalist Mark Austin ahead of 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 Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Armed Police officers with the crowds in Parliament Square ahead of 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 John Giles - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Commuters walk past a newsagent on the day of The Royal Wedding at Circular Quay on April 29, 2011 in Sydney, Australia
Sheikh Ahmad Hmoud Al-Sabah of Kuwait attends a gala pre-wedding dinner held at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on April 28, 2011
A local holds a commemorative coin produced for The Royal Wedding at Circular Quay on April 29, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. Australians will enjoy the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton as it is beamed live across the country on Friday evening local time.
Guests attend a gala pre-wedding dinner held at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on April 28, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Major Sydney newspapers front pages displaying the day of the Royal Wedding at a newsagency on April 29, 2011 in Sydney, Australia
Major Sydney newspapers and magazinges on display on the day of the Royal Wedding at a newsagency on April 29, 2011 in Sydney, Australia
Dean Dwyer of Victoria Fruits, hangs Union flags from his fruit stall in Victoria, ahead of royal wedding at Westminster Abbey
BBC presenter Andrew Marr arrives outside Westmister Abbey, London, prior to the royal wedding

An analysis of the Queen's wealth shows that she holds assets worth £17bn in trust for the nation.

But access to these treasures is restricted by hundreds of years of obfuscation over what the Queen owns as sovereign and what belongs to her as Elizabeth Windsor.



Which paintings and other works of art are shown to the public is still decided solely by the Palace and the trustees of the Royal Collection.



Put simply, confusion over what the Queen owns and how much she is really worth helps the Palace to protect her wealth and prevent the public having rights of access to it.



But our analysis of the royal fortune reveals there is very little she can call her own.



The main areas of confusion focus on her grey wealth (for want of a better term), the ambiguities surrounding the ownership of large parts of her estates which she holds in name alone, such as the Duchy of Lancaster and the Crown Estates. Constitutional experts argue that hundreds of years of history have helped to muddle the issue of royal title. Ultimately, such questions may have to be settled in the courts.



Only by dividing the Queen's property and income into properly defined categories – private wealth, sovereign wealth and grey wealth – is it possible to know what she is really worth and what parts of her property the nation can claim as its own.



Once lawyers and constitutional experts have properly categorised the Queen's wealth, the business of handing it over to the nation can begin.



It will also give Parliament a firm basis from which to debate the issue of the funding of the Royal Family and the many treasures it owns on our behalf.



After all, it is the Queen's annual earnings, the cash-flow of the Royal Family business, that has come under increasing strain in the past 10 years.



While her private income is derived from a mixture of a portfolio of stocks and shares invested by the Bank of England Nominees and the drawings from the ancient estate of the Duchy of Lancaster, her public income is provided by the Government under the terms of the Civil List.



The Palace maintains that these two sources of income should be treated separately.



But the Queen's personal wealth is a murky area that crosses the boundaries of her private and public lives. Recent efforts by MPs and the National Audit Office to shine a light on the relationship between the flow of cash involving Parliament and the Queen has exposed a complex area of Palace accounting and royal double speak.



As the Queen faces a rising tide of bills, as revealed by The Independent yesterday, and confronts the financial reality of having her state funding frozen for another nine years, greater strains will be placed on her public and private purses. MPs and constitutional experts warn that there will inevitably be occasions when the Queen uses the money from the Civil List to finance her private affairs.



The question asked by constitutional experts such as Vernon Bogdanor, professor of government at Oxford University, is: when does a visit from a personal friend who happens to hold state office become an event that is funded by the Government and when is it something which must be paid for by the Queen's personal money?



Two years ago, Parliament's financial watchdog, the Public Accounts Committee, called for full scrutiny of the royal palaces after one MP accused the Queen's aides of "siphoning off" money earmarked for fire restoration work at Windsor Castle. Alan Williams, the Labour MP for Swansea West, claimed £14m from ticket sales to Buckingham Palace had been diverted from fire restoration over a five-year period and through a "bizarre" formula had gone into the Royal Collection, the Queen's charity, which looks after her pictures and other art works.



The MP claimed that money was "sliding into royal palaces in a way which is not accountable to Parliament". He said: "This was money that was charged for entry to one of our taxpayers' palaces. They are state assets, not the personal assets of the Queen. The cost of maintaining them is met by grant-in-aid, and that is government money. The charity are getting £14m that they weren't entitled to before and I would suggest they are not entitled to now."



The business of the Royal Collection, which is larger than the Tate Gallery, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, is accountable only to the Charity Commission.



But a Treasury minute on a report of the Public Accounts Committee shows that as long ago as July last year the Palace told the Government that it had no intention of exposing the Collection's accounts to wider scrutiny. The minute says: "... the Royal Household sees no justification for the Trust to be singled out for different audit arrangements from other charities."



Other European royal families how they compare



BELGIUM



Speculation last year about the size of its fortune forced the family to issue an unusual clarification. The official figure of £7.8m, which excludes art, a villa in France and land, is far below previous estimates. The magazine EuroBusiness claimed it was £1.4bn.



DENMARK



An annual £4.6m goes to Queen Margrethe to maintain her family. EuroBusiness estimates a relatively modest fortune of £10.2m in an investment fund, but this is disputed by the Palace, which says it is too high.



LIECHTENSTEIN



The family whose lands once spread throughout the Holy Roman Empire still has estates in Austria. Most of its estimated £3.1bn fortune derives from an art collection and the family-owned finance company, LGT Group.



LUXEMBOURG



Ranked Europe's second richest in a 1999 survey by EuroBusiness. Fortune estimated at £2.9bn. Much of the wealth is in land and investments.



MONACO



Prince Rainier has a sizeable tax exempt fortune. His family owns 25 per cent of Monaco and 69 per cent of SBM ­ the company that owns the Monte Carlo casino ­ which makes annual profits of £18.4m. Art work includes Rubens and Goya.







THE NETHERLANDS



The family is thought once to have owned as much as 25 per cent of the Royal Dutch/ Shell Group. Art, investments and landholdings now make up their £2bn portfolio. The state provides three palaces.



NORWAY



King Harald V inherited a substantial fortune, much of it property in Britain, from his father, Olav V, who was the grandson of King Edward VII. Private wealth is estimated at £88m.



SPAIN



Little is known of the Bourbon family wealth. Everything from the royal yacht to family jewels is state-owned. They are thought to be among Europe's least-rich royals.



SWEDEN



King Carl Gustaf has 10 palaces but they are all state-owned. He pays taxes at the same rate as other Swedes. The Swedish court says he has an estimated fortune of £14m.

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