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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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  • Kam

    What Happened After the Kiss(es) ????? William porked Kate like an animal !! What do you think happened??

  • Kay

    What in the world were Princesses Beatrice, Eugenia and Anne thinking when they selected their awful dresses and hats? Did they somehow forget they are royals? Too bad they did not inherit Queen Elizabeth's good taste!

  • Tony

    We all know what Kate got behid close doors. A Royal HMMMMING......

  • Lori

    Beautiful ceremony. It will be a memorable and probably the best for William and Kate.
    They are good servants. God Bless their future children and sustain them in their marriage.
    God Bless them and may the Lord be in their lives.

  • Lori

    Kam u are a disgusting fool to make a comment about William and Kate.
    You must have a horrible life to think and display such thoughts.

  • Susan

    I thought every single thing was just perfect and I am so happy for both of them. That little Kate is a regal, poised CLASS ACT!! The absolute ONLY thing that would have made it better for me would to have been a guest!! I loved every minute of it and watched it until late that evening...They are a beautiful couple. I hope God just showers them with blessings!

  • Richard

    What happen after the kisses and behind close doors. We all know Kate got a Royal HYMMMMING>>>> LOL
    No wonder Kate was limping the next morning..

  • Linda

    I'm sure it was all beautiful and miraculous and a all round perfect day, but who cares what happened afterwards? They did what any young bride and groom would do. I amazes me that the media is making so much of this...these are not Americans!! We didnt have this much fuss over Clinton's daughter or Bush's daughter....not extravigant enough for the media??!! Personally I hope William isnt as big an azzhole as his father. That he stays true to Kate and they live a happy long life together.

  • Tony

    I bet hubby will stay true to Kate as long as shes good in bed. BUT when she becomes a bore one can expect him to find good sex else where. BUT Kate is sure good looking so if shes stays great then he won't be looking else where

  • daveump

    Hey Kathy, the wedding didn't cost 1.2 million but actually 34 MILLION!!!! As for it coming out of the Queen's pocket.....NO....her pockets were filled by those stupid Brit taxpayers. The queen and those royal snobs never worked a day in their lives.
    I do have to give credit to William for being in the Royal air force....more than most royals do.

  • Lisa

    Was William's uncle, his mother's brother, invited to the wedding?

  • VimalaNowlis

    Yes, his uncle Charles Spencer was at the wedding with his fiance. There was a whole section of seatings for the Spencer family and both William and Harry stopped to talk to them.

  • Peggy

    Yes William's uncle (brother of Diana) was at the wedding. Second row opposite the Queen.

  • billy

    It was a wonderful event.Something worth watching over and over.
    23 million Yanks arose at 4am to watch the Event.
    There never has been or ever will be a place in this world like Great Britain.
    When they sang the National Anthem before the Royal Couple exited the Abbey God save the Queen and showed Queen Elisabeth who with England suffered so much through the War
    that was very very moving.
    May God bless the USA and Great Britain always.

  • Oscar

    SKEDADDLED???? Hey Michele Laufik! Do you you what that word means? Or you just use it to make you look like a journalist. Skedaddled means TO SCRAM; TO FLEE IN PANIC. So you just wrote that the Queen and Prince Charles fled in panic to another Royal residence. What happened to their other half? They stayed on with the young to part off while the mother and son "SKEDADDLED" to another Royal residence for the night?

  • linda

    I would like to know why the family went behind closed doors after the kiss.

  • VimalaNowlis

    They went back in to the "reception"!

  • VimalaNowlis

    Love her! Kate's gonna be the perfect royal consort. Unlike Diana who's selfish and spoiled and wanted everything her way. She made no effort to get along with her husband and in-laws and took every opportunity to be standoffish and to stab the royal family in the back. Kate was a natural and fitted right in with the in-law's lifestyle and did all she could to accommodate Prince William. That's why the royal family spurned Diana and embraced Kate. When you marry into the royal family, you are not just Mrs. Windsor or Mrs. Wales, you are HRH. Along with the luxuries and privileges are the responsibilities and loss of privacy. You can't have the cake and eat it too. Diana never got it. But Kate did. So she will be a great princess!

  • douglas

    To: VanillaNoBrain

    It is pretty obvious that the beautiful young Diana, who barely knew her fiance, was brought in as a
    "broodmare" in the nick of time, to salvage the pesky "heir to the throne" situation for a prince who
    seemed to be somewhat allergic to romancing beautiful women, or even homely ones for that matter.( or, at least ones who were not already married, you know? like CP-B, who looked like she should be sent to the barn for bedding, with a feedbag and/or bale of hay ). I seem to remember hearing that Charles father began applying some pressure as Charles got older, with no prospects. While Diana aparently chose to go into this situation, she seemed a naive and unsophisticated young woman at first--one who probably did dream of real love as time went on. To say she was selfish and uncooperative and did all she could to "stab the royal family in the back", etc., is a vile accusation because the entire royal family obviously knew of Camilla and Charles
    so-called relationship, whether it was real, or a coverup like Franklin D. and Elinor Roosevelt's
    William was not afraid to date and try out a few girlfriends before finding Ms. right. And he and Kate had plenty of time to spend together and find that they really were in love and compatible.
    Having a mate one loves, trusts, and who knows what is expected of them is a perfect situation. To
    see the obvious mutual love and happiness on their faces,--Perfect. Too bad Diana was never
    given that chance; toobad she had to find out her husband was having an affair with Medusa. What
    humilliation! This was definately the fault of the Windsors. Diana got even by becomming the most
    popular and beloved woman in the world because she could. I, as well as many people in the world,believe the Windsors and especially Charles got what they deserved for taking advantage of her. P.S. What's w/ Pippa wearing a white "wedding" gown to her sister's wedding. Hagsville!

  • daveump

    Amen to what Phred said. As to Sherri....that was NOT a stupid remark. We need to get back to old fashion values and let the people in the USA alone by the government. This country was great before we had all of this government intervention.


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