Congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton, who emerged from Westminster Abbey today looking happy and jubilant, having successfully tied the knot! The couple will now be officially known as Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with Kate's full married name being Catherine Elizabeth Mountbatten Windsor.
The bride wore a beautiful gown designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen (which drew comparisons to the wedding dress worn by Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco), while Prince William was dressed in the uniform of a Colonel of the Irish Guards.
Speaking about her big commission, Sarah Burton said: "It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress, and I have enjoyed every moment of it. It was such an incredible honour to be asked, and I am so proud of what we and the Alexander McQueen team have created."
Pippa Middleton, Kate's sister and chief bridesmaid, also wore a Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen dress while the flower girls were dressed in cute little outfits designed by Nicki Macfarlane. Prince Harry, who acted as best man, was dressed in the uniform of a Captain of the Household Cavalry.
We got a first-hand account of the day from jewellery designer Claudia Bradby, who was invited to the spectacular ceremony:
"It was very moving and very powerful. When Kate paused as she first entered the Abbey, it was a spine-tingling moment. It was mesmerising seeing her walk in, and very moving to see a father giving away his daughter. The day was clearly about their love, and the whole thing was very personal. The readings were well selected, particularly the one read by her brother James Middleton which starts "Let love be genuine"."
And what of the dress?
"We couldn't see her dress at first because of being sat down - just a bit of the veil and the sparkling tiara - but it was very feminine and womanly. I followed the rules and had my mobile turned off during the ceremony, so it was only after - a friend had text me - that we found out who had designed it. I think she looked very luscious."
Despite concerns for the weather, the sun came out, and the newlyweds led a royal procession in an open carriage to Buckingham Palace, cheered on by thousands of people who lined the streets. At 1.25pm, the couple - accompanied by their families - took to the balcony to watch the Royal Air Force Fly Past, and shared two kisses - much to the delight of the crowd!
After the Buckingham Palace reception, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge drove to Clarence House in Prince Charles' Aston Martin, which had balloons tied to the back and a customised licence plate reading: 'Just Wed'.
A truly wonderful and unforgettable day!