Wedding was amazing, says the Queen
Proud grandmother the Queen has remarked: "It was amazing" after watching William wed his bride Kate.
The delighted monarch made the comment as she walked up the red carpeted steps of Buckingham Palace's Grand Entrance following the magnificent carriage procession from Westminster Abbey, past thousands of revellers.
The Queen, clad in a primrose Angela Kelly single crepe wool dress and clutching her Order of Service, could be heard on television footage declaring: "It was amazing."
New groom William was there to greet her, exchanging a few words before kissing her on the cheek.
The 85-year-old, who made William the Duke of Cambridge to mark his marriage, hosted a lunchtime reception for the newlyweds.
Shortly after William drove his new wife Kate off to Clarence House in the Prince of Wales's classic convertible Aston Martin, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were flown out of the Palace for a private weekend in the UK.
The Queen was leaving to allow William and Kate to party the night away at the evening celebration being thrown by the Prince of Wales.
Some 300 of the couple's closest family and friends will celebrate with dancing and dinner at the black tie do, which will stretch into the early hours of the morning, if not beyond.
The Queen is missing Prince Harry's best man speech, meaning he will not have to tone down his delivery for fear of offending his grandmother. She did however see the cake cutting and hear other speeches at the canapes reception she held for 650 people.
The Queen loaned Kate her "something borrowed" on her wedding day. The bride wore the little known delicate "Halo" tiara made by Cartier in 1936 and bought by the Queen's father, then the Duke of York, for the Queen Mother, then the Duchess of York, St James's Palace said.