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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)?

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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  • sherri

    What a stupid remark. You must be jealous. They are happy and the wedding was great. To bad you had to put your two cents into it.

  • valari

    and yet, Torrence, here you you must be interested or you would be off to other things. I think it was wonderful and they look like a lovely young couple. I wish them all the best. There is so much sadness in the world this is a breath of fresh air and charming.

  • I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together...!

    Yes Mrs. Torrence..... redruM.. redruM.. lmao

  • American

    I have been trying to figure out the social dynamic and the psychology behind the " monarchy," and the British love for it all.
    Yes it is "tradition," however I think it goes deeper than that.
    Long ago, I lived in some of the last of the British colonies, like India for example. India was perfect for the British class system with their already inbedded "caste" structure.
    Today there is still a level or class system even within the working classes of England.
    An example would be a "Gardener." The very best in England, like the master gardeners at Kew Gardens, are highly respected and very well paid. Those who wish to be a gardener and study or apprentice under one will call him; "master."
    Could it be possible and run so deep that they choose to be happy being lower in social status? This could be so deep that it is an unconscious behavior pattern.
    I really do not know but as I stated I have been giving it a little thought.

  • BusyMissNanci

    Why should today's monarchy be held responsible for something earlier, uncivilized rulers did? I don't like being held responsible for the atrocity which was slavery, so they shouldn't be held responsible for their history. We should all learn from history, and not repeat it. I spent a lot of my young years doing everything I could do to rectify the wrongs of our forefathers. You sir, are a curmudgeon and a twit. No one is forcing you to participate, but the rest of us are enjoying the heck out of a wonderful, lovely moment in the midst of all the strife, natural disasters and heartache in the world.

  • James Kaye--and wife Nancy

    My wife and I, watched there wedding on TV-here in America- our wish is simple- that God keep watch over Kate and William--keep them safe--and allow them to be happy--We wish them all the best----
    Jim and Nancy Kaye

  • Ann and Tom

    I woke up early to watch this beautiful wedding. May God Bless this Union, with much happiness, and many good years together.
    The Pictures are beautiful, and so were Kate and William.

    Ann and Tom from Michigan, U.S.A.

  • Anne Decker

    "The Grand Opening" is finally over. What a bore.

  • maria

    u guys are so cute together

  • Phred

    Sorta vile to watch these folks spending millions while their subjects are wondering how to feed their children tomorrow. Guess they'll toss them some cake.

  • JD

    I think half of you are just jealous because you don't have any history or traditions or a Royal family. I am British and proud of my heritage.

  • Billie

    Well said JD ....thank you

  • karen lyons kalmenson

    i watched the royal wedding and it was beautiful, filled with beautiful young people and the wonder of love.

    i hope they have the most happily ever after. after all, their blood may run blue, but their hearts are as red blooded as ours.

    yep, i am a waaaaaaaay old romantic, and that sure works for me!!!!

  • bobparks

    Willy will soon be a total chromedome. Poor boy.

  • Sun

    It was beautiful Royal Wedding that I ever seen and the wedding dress was WOW! May they have many years of happiness and laughter!

  • MiMi

    What a beautiful wedding....and I am so glad that I was able to see it...I hope this couple
    will have many, many years of happiness....and have a wonderful family to enjoy it with...
    as chldren are our special gifts from GOD.....May GOD continue to bless you both....
    Good luck to your both.

  • aza353

    what did they did next : they touched TeeTeeZ - I so immature and STUPID so ya'Z can't bLame me'Z . I really am an idiot just ask any body - heLLo it's Sunday ya'll all go ta' Sunday sKooL ?? I know ya'Z all did good folks you all are - Love ya .

  • Ray

    "What Happened after Kisses?"...... Is that a dumb question or what!

  • Mary Ann

    Congratulations to the Royal couple. I wish for you a long and happy life. My humble advice to you is be honest with each other, always be repectful of each other and be each other's best friend. Sincere wishes from a Texan.

    Your children will be very beautiful as you both are. Good Luck.

  • Annette

    Well... at least Kate and her gook looking hubby will bring something new and good looking to that horrid gene pool!! Whew... they are a bunch of ugga buggas!!!


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