- William tells Kate 'You look beautiful' as she arrives at the altar
- He jokes with Kate's father 'we're supposed to have just a small family affair'
- Two BILLION people watch couple tie the knot
- 5,000 royals enthusiasts camped out overnight at The Mall
- Prince struggles to get ring on Kate's finger
- One million well-wishers line the streets to catch a glimpse of the couple
- Prince William takes the title Duke of Cambridge and Kate becomes Duchess
After a kiss that thrilled the nation, Prince William went full throttle into the nation's affections as he took his new wife on an unexpected drive around Buckingham Palace.
They left their reception in his father's open top Aston Martin with 'Just wed' on the number plate as the RAF flew overhead in a yellow rescue helicopter.
As the crowds roared, the couple emerged in the 38-year-old classic car, powered by fuel made from wine.
The vehicle had been given to Charles as a gift when he turned 21. The couple drove round the front of the Palace before returning to the private reception.
The vehicle is powered by bioethanol and Sir Michael Peat, the Prince's private secretary, said: 'The bioethanol from our supplier happens to be made from wine.'
They emerged from the Palace two hours after stepping out on the balcony and marked their marriage with their first public kiss.
But the first public embrace of William and his bride Catherine was so fleeting that you would have missed it if you had blinked.
The loving couple leaned in for a brief, but loving kiss, after which he smiled broadly while she giggled. The crowd in The Mall below, chanting ‘We want Kate, We want Kate’ simply roared with delight.
Then, as an RAF flypast was sweeping towards the palace, William whispered to Kate and leaned forward for a second, slightly more lingering kiss.
This was the fairytale a million people had taken to the streets of London to see today. And they were not disappointed.
In a stunning ivory gown with lace applique floral detail designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, Kate walked up the red carpeted aisle a commoner.
At Westminster Abbey’s altar she became a royal.
She clutched a bunch of white flowers as she embarked on the short drive to Westminster Abbey, before starting her three-minute walk up the aisle to be with her groom.
As the happy couple exchanged vows, William appeared to have trouble slipping the ring onto Kate's finger.
But to the relief of all, he finally pushed on the wedding band on and the ceremony passed without a hitch.
A staggering one million people had packed the streets of London to witness one of the most anticipated weddings the world has ever seen.
Well-wishers waved flags and many shed tears as William and his beautiful bride exchanged their vows.
As Kate joined the Prince at the altar, he told she looked 'beautiful'. Wearing the famous red tunic of the Irish Guards, William stared straight ahead as she started her long walk down the red carpeted aisle of Westminster Abbey.
Turning to watch the bride approach, William's brother and best man Prince Harry reassured him that all was going smoothly on the big day, telling him 'Right, she is here now'.
As the royal couple stood together for the first time, William told Kate: 'You look beautiful.'
After initially appearing nervous, he smiled broadly and cracked a joke to his father-in-law Michael before the ceremony started, saying 'We're supposed to have just a small family affair', a lipreader claimed.
The couple and their immediate family enjoyed their only private moment of the service when they retired to the abbey's holiest area to sign the registers.
In his address, the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, read a prayer penned by William and Kate.
The newlyweds asked for spiritual help to maintain focus on the things that mattered, and to be 'generous' with their 'time and love and energy'.
At the end of the service the congregation sang the National Anthem, with Kate's father in particular belting out the words with great vigour.
The Queen, who was the only person in the abbey not singing, kept her emotions to herself.
The newly-married couple then went off with their witnesses to sign the historic marriage registers away from public view in the tiny enclosed Chapel of St Edward the Confessor behind the altar.
The couple passed the cheering crowds in The Mall after their wedding ceremony in a 1902 State Landau that was used by Charles and Diana 30 years ago.