The 29-year-old Kate Middleton pulled up to the Abbey in a Rolls-Royce with her father just before 11am local time.
Kate’s dress, designed by Sarah Burton, the British creative director of the Alexander McQueen label, featured a 2m 70cm train that flowed on the red carpet as Kate walked up with her father, Michael.
William had arrived 45 minutes before the start of the ceremony, dressed in a bright red British army tunic cut by a blue sash and accompanied by his brother and best man, Prince Harry.
Prior to the wedding service, Buckingham Palace announced new titles for the William and Kate as Duke of Cambridge and Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge respectively.
The college sweethearts are expected to one day become the King and Queen of England.
The title, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus were also given to William along with Kate’s title as Countess of Strathearn and Baroness Carrickfergus.
Among the prominent guests at the historic Abbey were soccer star David Beckham and his wife; Mr Bean actor Rowan Atkinson; singer Elton John and his partner, David Furnish and director Guy Ritchie.
Kate and William gently held right hands and stared into each other’s eyes as they exchange vow in the ceremony conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
For Kate, there was no promise to obey, instead she pledged to “love, comfort, honor and keep him.”
When it came time to place Kate’s thin gold band on her hand, William struggled slightly and she helped him tug it into place.
Only one ring was exchanged – made from ore that came from Clogau St David’s mine at Bontddu in North Wales and was given to William as an engagement present from the Queen.
William, who wears a signet ring, chose not to wear a wedding ring.
The approximately hour-long ceremony included such musical pieces as the popular hymn Jerusalem, the traditional English melody Greensleeves and works by Edward Elgar and Benjamin Britten.
William also chose to include Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer, which was sung during his mother, Princess Diana’s, funeral service in 1997.
Following the service, William and Kate stepped into a private part of the Abbey briefly to sign three marriage registers, accompanied by their witnesses – Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, her parents, Carole and Michael, and their siblings, Harry and Pippa.
A hour later, the newlywed couple walked down the red-carpeted aisle of the Abbey, William’s left hand gently held her right one as he guided her along the recessional strains of Crown Imperial by William Walton.
As they paused in the door, followed by their flower girls and attendants – her sister, Pippa, and his brother, Harry – the cathedral bells rang dramatically as both smiled, then climbed into the 1902 State Landau carriage with William helping his wife get settled.
William and Kate made their way to the Balcony of Buckingham Palace where two kisses were exchanged overlooking the cheering hordes, while the Royal Air Force commemorated the occasion with a fly-past. Holding hands, they stepped back inside the palace after fewer than 10 minutes outside with family members.
After stopping the world with a kiss, Prince William took his new wife in Prince Charle’s blue Aston Martin Volante and drove to nearby Clarence House for a few hours rest before their wedding dinner.
A learner plate was tied to the front of car with licence plate: JUST WED and trailing from the back were heart-shaped balloons.
William and Kate returned to the Palace four hours in a change of clothes for a black tie dinner reception with 300 guests.
For the final festivity on her wedding day, Kate changed out of her elegant, long-sleeved wedding dress into a white satin strapless gown, with a diamante embroidered waist. She wore an angora bolero cardigan over her dress by Sarah Burton.
The dinner, starting at 7pm, includes speeches, dancing, a live performance by Ellie Goulding and the serving of two cakes – a traditional wedding cake and a chocolate cake specially requested by William.
Report by : news.com.au
Half a million of English spectators and two billion worldwide TV viewers wait in anticipation for the royal wedding of Prince William and commoner Catherine Middleton scheduled on 29th April 2011 at 11a.m. local time or 5 p.m. in Thailand.