Prince William marries Catherine Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton with her father Michael Middleton at Westminster Abbey.
Prince William and Kate Middleton with her father Michael Middleton at Westminster Abbey.
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DIGNATRIES from around the world and invited special guests were at Westminster Abbey as Prince William tied the knot with Catherine Middleton today.

Kate left with her father at 10.51am precisely from the exclusive Goring Hotel.

Pippa Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey with the bridesmaids ahead of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Pippa Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey with the bridesmaids ahead of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The bride was cheered all the way along the wedding route by the crowds who waved union flags and shouted out to her.

The Rolls-Royce arrived at 11am with the abbey bells being rung to herald her arrival.

When her father took her left hand they began their procession along the red carpet that started outside the ancient building and led inside, with her sister Pippa carrying her train.

The Dean greeted the bride and her father and the pair paused as final adjustments were made to the dress before the procession began.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arriving at Westminster Abbey, London, ahead of the royal wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Guests. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arriving at Westminster Abbey, London, ahead of the royal wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Guests. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Behind her were her young bridesmaids and page boys.

Kate’s bridal procession music was used as The Anthem for the 1981 wedding of Prince William’s parents the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, but Diana walked up the aisle to The Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke.

The newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge issued a prayer calling on God to help them “serve and comfort those who suffer”.

The Royals, who were married at Westminster Abbey, also asked for spiritual help to maintain focus on the things that mattered, and to be “generous” with their “time and love and energy”.

The Bishop of London, Dr Richard Chartres, read the words penned by William and Kate - a declaration of intent for their new life together.

The senior cleric spoke the prayer at the end of his address to the wedding congregation of around 1,900 family, friends, associates and dignitaries.

He told those gathered in the abbey: “I pray that everyone present and the many millions watching this ceremony and sharing in your joy today will do everything in their power to support and uphold you in your new life.

“I pray that God will bless you in the way of life you have chosen, a way which is expressed in the prayer that you have written together in preparation for this day:

“’God our Father, we thank you for our families; for the love that we share and for the joy of our marriage.

“’In the busyness of each day keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy.

“’Strengthened by our union, help us to serve and comfort those who suffer. We ask this in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Amen’.”

The bishop has close links to the groom and his family, becoming a trusted friend of William’s father the Prince of Wales when they were students at Cambridge University.

The cleric, appointed in November 1995, is said to have counselled William and Prince Harry following the death of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

He was assigned as one of the trustees of Diana’s will and also delivered a sermon at her memorial service in 2007.

Along with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, the cleric is said to have given the couple pre-wedding advice on marriage.

Speaking from the abbey’s great pulpit, the bishop began by telling the newlyweds that becoming husband and wife would ultimately enable them to become their “deepest and truest selves”.

He acknowledged the thousands who were wishing the couple well, both in this country and abroad, saying it was good that people on every continent were able to share in the celebrations as today was “a day of hope”.

Dr Chartres added: “In a sense, every wedding is a royal wedding with the bride and groom as king and queen of creation, making a new life together so that life can flow through them to the future.”

He also stated that wedlock would “transform” partners for the better just as long as people did not try to “reform” their spouse.

The bishop said: “Marriage should transform, as husband and wife make one another their work of art.

“This transformation is possible as long as we do not harbour ambitions to reform our partner.

“There must be no coercion if the Spirit is to flow; each must give the other space and freedom. Chaucer, the London poet, sums it up in a pithy phrase: ‘Whan maistrie (mastery) comth, the God of Love anon, Beteth his wynges, and farewell, he is gon’.”

Outside in the crowd of thousands, Penbe Tunbasolan, 52, from New Jersey, said Kate looked every inch a princess.

“She looked so beautiful, she was so gorgeous,” she said.

Sasithorn Yooyuen, 26, who is from Thailand and studying English in London, said she was overwhelmed by the sight of Kate.

“I think she looked very beautiful,” she said.