LONDON (AP) — Prince William and Kate Middleton married in Westminster Abbey on Friday as one million people packed the streets and an estimated two billion more tuned in around the world to witness an event expected to revitalize the British monarchy.
The couple looked nervous but happy and got through their vows without stumbling before Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams pronounced them husband and wife.
A million well-wishers – as well as some protesters – flooded into the historic environs surrounding Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and other London landmarks.
“Will, it’s not too late!” said one sign held aloft by an admirer dressed as a bride.
About 1,900 guests were attendance, including soccer star David Beckham and musician Elton John.
The newlyweds sealed their wedding with a pair of kisses on a balcony at Buckingham Palace, delighting thousands of spectators.
There was a roar of approval from the crowd as William and his bride exchanged a peck on the lips Friday. It was quickly followed by another, then a flyby of vintage and modern Royal Air Force planes.
The couple are now known as the duke and duchess of Cambridge.
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