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The world watched while Prince William and Kate Middleton made their debut on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, but what happened after they sealed the deal with a kiss (or two)?

Luncheon
The newly married royals headed back inside for Queen Elizabeth's luncheon. The daytime affair included a 650-person guest list of family members, friends, dignitaries and politicians and featured a menu of 10,000 canapes, an eight-tiered fruitcake and a chocolate biscuit groom's cake created by McVities's Cake Company.

In his toast to William and Kate, Prince Charles described the bride as the daughter he never had, the Daily Mail reports, saying: "We are lucky to have her." But it wasn't all sentimental. Charles did manage to fit in a joke about his son's growing bald spot, according to the U.K. newspaper. After the reception, the couple drove to Clarence House in the Prince of Wales' convertible Aston Martin with a "JU5T WED" license plate and streaming balloons.

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Evening Reception
Later in the evening, the bride and groom headed back to the Palace for a more intimate gathering of 300 close family members and friends. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip left the partying to the young folks and reportedly skedaddled to another royal residence for the night.

For this reception, the bride wore a strapless white satin gazar dress by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, while her new husband sported a classic double-breasted tuxedo. As for the other attendees, Kate's mom, Carole Middleton, chose a black pleated cap-sleeved dress with a tiered skirt by Alice Temperley, maid of honor Pippa Middleton rocked an emerald green silk gown, also by Temperley and Prince Charles' wife Camilla Parker-Bowles got dressed up in a blue embroidered high-collared Anna Valentine frock.

Best Man Speech
After dinner and drinks, Prince Harry delivered his best man speech, describing his brother's relationship with Kate as "inspirational," the Daily Mail reports. Adding, "William didn't have a romantic bone in his body before he met Kate, so I knew it was serious when William suddenly started cooing down the phone at Kate."

The duke and duchess were clearly the stars of the night. "They were buzzing with happiness and seemed to be having the best day of their lives, as indeed we all were," Millie Pilkington, a friend of the Middleton family, told The Telegraph. She also added that Kate was the "epitome of calm" during the matrimonial frenzy.

Both William and Harry paid tribute to their late mother, Princess Diana, in their speeches, saying "how much she would have liked to have been here," The Telegraph reports. The father of the bride Michael Middleton also raised a glass to the newlyweds. He talked about how well the prince fit into his family, but joked that he almost blew the roof off his family's home with his helicopter, a guest told the British publication.


First Dance
As for the first dance, British singer Ellie Goulding serenaded the couple with her hit rendition of Elton John's "Your Song," according to the Daily Mail. The performer told BBC News that "it was an amazing honor" and "a night I will never forget."

Of course, like any good wedding reception, the play list also included a ditty from the musical Grease. The pair boogied to the John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John classic "You're The One That I Want" to the delight and cheers of the crowd, The Sunday Mirror reports.

The celebration ended with a fireworks display and bacon sandwiches, as promised by Harry. But some guests, such as Pippa, Harry and his on-again, off-again girlfriend Chelsy Davy, reportedly kept the party going until the wee hours of the morning at The Goring Hotel. Meanwhile, William and Kate spent their first night as a married couple at the Palace.



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  • Joan Nerney-Roman

    Thank you for these pictures and notes about what happened after the wedding. You always wonder because it cannot be found anywhere else.

    Reply
  • LisaT

    you cannot find them because people are tired of it all.

  • Sally

    LisaT: and yet YOU clicked on to make a comment!

  • kathy

    Hey LisaT!!!!! I guess the people who are tired of it would not include you in its group since you obviously care enough to read the articles and post. Can we say hypocrite.

  • Luci Tomlin

    What a wonderful and exciting time! It was a perfect wedding, and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of it! Kate will be a WONDERFUL addition to their family, and obviously they are "IN LOVE"! Dear Lord, give them a lifetime of mutual respect, honor, honest communication and the ability to withstand ANY criticism from ANYONE! William and Kate will make a BIG difference in the way the world sees Royalty! At least in ENGLAND! May God thoroughly BLESS this beautiful couple!

  • my4salebox

    That's funny, Lisa, because I avoided all the wedding hooplah before it happened and so once it arrived I was like "cool!" and am not sick of it.

    Don't overdose next time (or do a better job avoiding it) so as not as not to feel compelled to speak for the rest of the world. It's not like they're Charlie Sheen or other such loser we can't avoid.

  • YesItWas

    Sorry you missed it all sweets, we all had just a wonderful time. I shall see that you receive an invite when Harry decides to marry. Be sure and remind me please; you will so much love it.

  • solomeeo

    Pipa does look like Marsha Brady. With all the attention she is getting I can just imagine what Kate is thinking...Pipa, Pipa, Pipa!

    Reply
  • steve

    [ B.S. ]

  • Beni

    How come it's Kate and not Cate? Afterall, she is Catherine.

    Reply
  • Donna

    Really...who cares!!!!

  • Bex

    And I thought I was the only dork who was wondering that.

  • my4salebox

    People, Donna. People care. I hope that cleared the confusion up for you! Yours was a sillier question than the original one (which I also wondered about), but there is your answer.

    Good luck!

  • sadie

    I care. I love all of it. I can't wait to see more photos of this event. Whay not enjoy a very hapy occasion for a change? Diana's boy has grown up and gotten married and this event at Westminster has now helped to overcome the terrible sadness of the last major event there which was when Williaim had to walk behind his mother's casket. I am thrilled for both of them that they are so in love and care so deeply for each other and that everything went without a hitch for them on their very special day. It is also so touching to see how his in-lsaw have kind of adopted him and that he can go and visit them when he wants a taste of normality. (Helicopter landing not withstanding:)).

  • Elena

    I think that must be the way it's done in the UK because I've seen it written that way more than once. For example, the mother of Andrew Firestone (ex-Bachelor) is from the UK and her name is Catherine "Kate."

  • je9tot

    They seems really happy - glad they mentioned Princess Diana
    at the party.

    Reply
  • Sandra

    Thanks for the the info about the "Royal Couple"!!! They look very happy and hope their wedding will be "forever". At least they did not spend as much as Diana on the wedding!!!

    Reply
  • kathy

    The Spencers only paid part of the cost of that wedding just as the Middletons only paid part of the cost. The Queen paid most of it out of her own money....aside from security which is a public cost. And before you say it-yes there was more security at this wedding...possibly because terrorists are stupid and make threats and cost the rest of us money. At any rate-the wedding cost less than a lot of the mega-million "star" weddings have cost. Madonna supposedly spent something like $1.2 million on her wedding and it was a way smaller event than this one.

  • Torrence

    Only the stupid care about that wedding and what happens to them. England is till living in the dark ages with the monarchy. It has never been a success and in the past they killed thousands of innocent people just because they had the power to do so. Read you history books and see how GREAT the monarchy has been. What a joke. Of course the American people are not far behind.

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  • Phred

    There is something to be said for holding onto tradition. England has been around for a thousand years. Think USA will make it to 250? I doubt it. We seem all too eager to change everything every day just to accommodate whomever i screeching the loudest. Personally, I'd prefer some good old traditional values. We could use a retrofit back to the 19th century where men were men, women were women and prosperity was up to the individual.

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