Couple 'moved' by public affection
Prince William and Kate Middleton say they have been "incredibly moved" by the public's affection as swelling numbers of royal fans and camera crews caused chaos outside Westminster Abbey.
In a message in their official wedding programme, released a day before the ceremony, the couple said they are touched by people's reactions as they prepare for "one of the happiest days of our lives".
The words of the bride and groom were released along with details of Friday's wedding service, a traditional affair with a strong flavour of "Britishness".
William and Kate's message reads: "We are both so delighted that you are able to join us in celebrating what we hope will be one of the happiest days of our lives. The affection shown to us by so many people during our engagement has been incredibly moving, and has touched us both deeply."
From the popular hymn Jerusalem to the quintessential English melody Greensleeves, the couple have embraced the nation's musical heritage in their choice of choral pieces and compositions.
It was also confirmed that Kate will not promise to "obey" her new husband in her vows but instead to "love, comfort, honour and keep" him, with the couple using the the Series One (1966) Book of Common Prayer ceremony.
Meanwhile, traffic was brought to a snail's pace on Victoria Street, the main road outside the abbey, and police officers were brought in to manage the increasing mass of people. A Metropolitan policeman said camera crews in front of the tents had caused blockages on the road so they had used barricades to "separate the people from the traffic to keep everyone safe".
The makeshift tent village spread across the pavement opposite the abbey as the day went on, forcing the pedestrian pathway to a standstill. Police officers were brought in to manage the flow of people and formed a pedestrian walkway on the main road using metal barriers. Buses, lorries, vans and cars came to a brief standstill outside the abbey as police implemented a one-way system for people on foot.
Camera-wielding tourists surrounded the colourful tent village which spilled further down the road towards Parliament Square as more well-wishers descended upon the abbey. Crowds extended down nearby streets as police officers struggled to move people and camera crews off the roads.
Camper Patricia Draper, 59, who has travelled from Adelaide, Australia, for the big day, said: "It is now busier and there are a lot more people here. I'm here for the pageantry of the occasion. I hope that everything goes smoothly and I do not want it to rain."