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Wills and Kate Tie the Knot

Not sure if you heard, but there was a royal wedding this morning. Here's what you need to know in case you missed it.
By: Culture Staff
Published: April 29th, 2011 in News » World
The first kiss.Pic: NILL

If you were snoring at 6 a.m. (EST) you missed what the rest of us 2.5 billion people witnessed -- the nuptials of Prince William and Catherine "Kate" Middleton. (Who now, by the way, are known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.) In case you slept in and your PVR didn't record the "wedding of the century" for who-knows-what reason, here's the Coles Notes version of what you missed:

- Hundreds of thousands of Brits (and visitors from around the world) lined the streets of London and congregated around Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Fans waiting for Wills to leave Clarence House shouted "We want Will!" The Prince blushed for most of the day. It was quite sweet.

- The dapper-looking William wore a scarlet uniform of the Irish Guard. Kate's elegant dress was designed by Sarah Burton of the house of Alexander McQueen. Pippa Middleton wore a white McQueen as she stood by her sister as Maid of Honour. Prince Harry (the new hottest bachelor in Britain) wore the Blues and Royals officer's uniform as he stood by his brother as Best Man. William's Bubby, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, looked lovely as usual dressed in a happy yellow frock and hat.

- The ceremony lasted one hour the couple were officially wed at 11:16 London time.

- The 1,900 invited guests included David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John and David Furnish, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice (daughters of Prince Andrew and Fergie), British Prime Minister David Cameron, singer Joss Stone and director Guy Ritchie.

- I spotted one woman in the Abbey who wasn't wearing a fascinating fascinator. (Tsk.) If you're a fan of wedding fashions, you must check out the online photo galleries of the hats. Talk about elaborate.

- The newlyweds left the Abbey and were taken to Buckingham Palace in the same carriage that took Charles and Diana to the Palace after their 1981 wedding.

- The first kiss was not at the ceremony, but on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in front of friends, family and thousands of well-wishers. The couple kissed twice. (Charles and Di kissed in the same spot 30 years ago.)

The royal wedding festivities will continue all day and night in London.

If you were hoping that the Duke and Duchess would include Jewish traditions and customs in their wedding (as was previously rumoured), you're out of luck -- William didn't smash the glass before leave the Abbey.

Mazel Tov to the lovely couple!

Related articles: Royal wedding, Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Queen Elizabeth
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