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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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  • ken

    what do you think happened..............they had sex,what do you think

  • Scp

    That is one ugly family!!

  • Tom Simonton

    It was a refreshing respite from all the otherwise bad news and pictures we've endured of late. I suppose we Americans should thank the Britsh Taxpayer, despite all the PR that the Royal Family is footing the bill. Thank you British Taxpayer. You are still the best in the world in staging pagentry. Even the Vatican can't meet you on what you do so well.

  • Goob

    The wedding was nice, but it is over. We don't need to keep seeing repeats of everything.

  • bobparks

    Poor Willy got the chromedome gene. I know his pain.

  • bobparks

    How do you know, you silly goose?

  • jay

    Kate looked very "nice"....but Pippa looked both the wedding and after the wedding. Kate should have never let Pippa wear such sexy gowns. Pippa actually looked much more glamorous than Kate did. Not hating on I said...she looked "nice." However, no one should out shine the bride on her wedding day.

  • Princess

    I think the best part about the wedding was when the brother spoke on Romans 12.
    That was so awesome. Brother, you did a great job. And you said it so well.

  • peggy

    The young couple value their privacy and would have preferred a small wedding in Kate's hometown with family and friends (no media). Due to William's station in life, a private wedding was not possible. The couple shared their special day with the world. They were very gracious and the wedding was a wonderful display of tradition, pagentry and joy. We all need occasions such as this and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the entire event as did most others.

    Those who posted inappropriate comments on this site are to be pittied. They are undoubtedly narrow-minded and have no joy in their lives.

  • lightfootntexas

    Who paid for prince charles wedding?

  • Jay Love

    Peggy: makes a very good point about the wedding, William and Kate would probably have preferred having a smaller, more private and less costly marriage? however being a royal protocol and the public expects such a wedding no matter what they wanted. and yes the couple was very gracious to share their wedding with the British public and the world!! some people, (Brits) are totally against the monarchy, but many still love them too, and you can't please all the people, all the time? they would be damned if the do and damned if they didn't for some people? I still think the British people get a good bang for their buck with the royals, every year the costs to the taxpayer are released and it only costs about .50 or .60 pench (pennies for us) to each British taxpayer to upkeep for the royal family!! a real bargain I would say, based on what they get in return? for tourism if nothing else, the public gets a huge draw to their country just to see the royals and the palaces, changing of the gaurds, etc....people sure do not fly to England for the awful food you find there? blood soup, etc...possibly the fish and chips are the only eddible items to eat in England?

  • marge  kinney

    how insane,they're just PEOPLE, like u & I,how dare, they think ,they qualify, to wrap themselves,up in diamonds & pearls, & to not work A DAY IN THEIR LIVE
    & THE BIMBOS traveling ,thousands of miles,to get a GLIMPES
    such idiots,to put anyone ,up on a pedistal
    it wont be long before, before ,this rediculous monarche,UNRAVELS

  • p2dog

    Rule Brittania

  • Albert

    "Oh, wow!" Yes, Catherine, my sentiments exactly. As a young American male recently returned home from the war in Vietnam, I can vividly remember the political chaos that drove a wedge through the heart of my country, and the total ridicule and impotence that had befallen the British monarchy in the 1970s. America was my home, and Great Britain was our Mother Country,and both were hurting. Then came 1980, and the human spirit was going to make a raging comeback. America found a badly needed voice in Ronald Reagan, and Great Britain found a renewed spirit in Diana Spencer.

    As a Yank and an outsider looking in, I can't speak for my beloved Brits but in my heart of hearts I can't help but believe that Diana saved the monarchy. A nineteen year old nanny thrust onto the world's stage with the announcement of her engagement to Prince Charles, the world immediately fell in love with the fairytale, and soon thereafter, and forever, fell in love with the person. In my lifetime a more beautifully loving, giving person did not exist. Yes, we Yanks had Ronald, but...

    In the days leading up to the wedding, I too was saddened that Diana would not be there ... that is until Catherine arrived at the church. Then it became all so clear that Diana was very much there. One need only look at the complete joy beaming from William's heart as Catherine made her way to his side, and one need only look at the sneak peek Harry took to let his brother know that his wait was almost over, and one need only lipread the words "You look beautiful" as William first saw his bride, and lastly, one need only see the unabashed joy and happiness streaming from the bride's face as she turned to take her vows to know that Diana was very much there ... and doing a bit of beaming herself. "Oh, wow!" indeed. Godspeed to the bride and groom.

  • BusyMissNanci

    Marge....I CANNOT believe you. It doesn't affect you in any way, so if you don't like it, ok, but we don't need your vituperative comments. BTW learn a little grammar and spelling , will you?

    The Royals work very hard at their jobs, about which you obviously know nothing, and the British people, for the most part (of course there are always twits and curmudgeons like you) love the Royal family. Some of the pearls and diamonds have been in the family for hundreds of years, and I love seeing them. The Royals support many charities, and give freely of their time. Last year, the Queen was present at more than 350 events and Prince Phillip at 390. (I believe those numbers are correct). That is a lot of work, and for an aged monarch, it is extremely draining. That doesn't count all the appearances the other Royals do.

    They all have assigned duties, and as long as our British cousins are happy to have a monarchy, we have absolutely no right to say anything about it at all. You need to get rid of some of that bitterness, girl. It will eat you up if you don't.

  • S

    Inmaturity is NOT attractive......

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