What honeymoon? A weekend
away then it’s back to work for
Wills on Monday
By Rob Cooper
William and Kate spent first night together at Buckingham Palace
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Newlyweds William and Kate will not go on honeymoon this weekend – and Prince William will be back at work on Monday.
The couple, who flew out of Buckingham Palace this morning, will spend the weekend together at a private location in the UK.
The Prince will return to his job as a search and rescue helicopter pilot next week before the couple finally jet off on their overseas honeymoon at a later date.
After spending their first night as a married couple together at the Palace, they walked out of the Palace casually dressed hand in hand this morning.
It had been thought they would take two weeks off for the traditional post-wedding break.
But it appears they want some private time in familiar surroundings after one of the most important days in their life saw their marriage celebrated by the nation and beyond.
Meanwhile, the Middleton posed for photos looking happy and relaxed outside the Goring Hotel this morning and bore no signs of the after-effects of last night’s celebrations.
Mr Middleton told the gathered crowd “We had a wonderful time” before the family returned home without any fuss or ceremony.
They arrived back at their home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, in three separate cars with Kate’s brother, James, leading the way.
Without so much as a Union flag in sight, the 23-year-old bachelor turned a black BMW 3 series estate into their private drive at about 3.15pm.
Wearing an open-necked shirt and looking bleary-eyed, the only reception he received today was from two policemen guarding the house.
It was in sharp contrast to the scenes in Bucklebury yesterday when local people turned out in force to celebrate the wedding.
James was quickly followed by Kate’s mother Carole and sister Pippa, in a Land Rover Freelander, who beamed as they drove into the driveway.
Carole looked fairly fresh faced and wore a white top with blue trimming, while Pippa sported a large pair of Armani sunglasses but smiled broadly in a royal blue cardigan.
Maid of honour Pippa Middleton and her mother Carole emerge from the Goring Hotel today after last night’s wedding celebration.
It’s party time! Kate and William
leave Clarence House for wedding
Some 300 of the couple’s closest family and friends will celebrate with dancing and dinner at the black tie do, which will stretch into the early hours.
The Queen has given over the home to the wedding celebration as revellers including the couple’s close friends Guy Pelly and Thomas Van Straubenzee attend.
The Duchess had switched into a new white outfit for the party – also created by Sarah Burton who designed her wedding gown.
The second dress is a strapless white satin gazar evening dress with a circle skirt and diamante embroidered detail round the waist, St James’s Palace said.
Kate was also wearing a white angora bolero cardigan.
The couple left with Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall. The royal party looked happy and relaxed.
Kate’s second dress is a strapless white satin gazar evening dress with a circle skirt and diamante embroidered detail round the waist. William stuck to the safe bet of a dinner jacket and bow tie
The heir to the throne and his son, the new Duke of Cambridge, were dressed in dinner jackets with black bow ties.
Kate had her hair down in her favourite style for the private party.
Camilla wore a light blue hand-embroidered high-collared floor length Anna Valentine dress for the evening.
The new Duchess’s family had left the Goring Hotel shortly before 7.30pm.
Her sister Pippa had changed from her bridesmaid dress into a long emerald green sleeveless dress with a jewelled embellishment on the front and a plunging neckline.
Her hair was pinned up at the back and she was carrying a clutch bag.
Kate’s mother Carole Middleton smiled after stumbling slightly as she came down the stairs at the hotel and her son James placed a guiding hand on her back as she climbed into a silver people carrier.
Mrs Middleton wore a black capped sleeve dress, cut low at the front and back, with a tiered skirt.
The bride’s father and brother wore black tuxedos with bow ties.
Just (wed) William! Prince drives
his new bride away from the
Palace in a vintage Aston after
balcony kiss thrills the crowds
- Kate said ‘I am glad the weather held off, we had a great day
- William tells Kate ‘You look beautiful’ as she arrives at the altar
- He jokes with Kate’s father ‘we’re supposed to have just a small family affair’
- Two BILLION people watch couple tie the knot
- 5,000 royals enthusiasts camped out overnight at The Mall
- Prince struggles to get ring on Kate’s finger
- One million well-wishers line the streets to catch a glimpse of the couple
- Prince William takes the title Duke of Cambridge and Kate becomes Duchess
After a kiss that thrilled the nation, Prince William drove full throttle into the nation’s affections as he took his new wife on an unexpected drive to Clarence House.
They left their Buckingham Palace reception in Prince Charles’s open-top Aston Martin with ‘Just wed’ on the number plate.
It was the fitting climax to what had already been a remarkable day – and it was the common touch his mother Diana would have been proud of.
That’s the wedding cake! It’s eight tiers, designed by Fiona Cairns, and decorated using a style known as the “Joseph Lambeth Method”—so, it’s probably not Funfetti. There are 17 different varieties of floral motifs on it, including the white rose (the symbol of England), the daffodil (the symbol of Wales), the shamrock (the symbol of Ireland), and the thistle (the symbol of Scotland). For a look at other, many-tiered royal wedding cakes, see our survey of history’s best. As for the savory offerings that the wedding attendees are enjoying right now at Buckingham Palace, read on—we’ve taken the liberty of arranging them from least to most British-sounding.
23. Roulade of Goats Cheese with Caramelised Walnuts
22. White Chocolate Ganache Truffle
21. Milk Chocolate Praline with Nuts
20. Dark Chocolate Ganache Truffle
19. Passion Fruit Praline
18. Blood Orange Paté de Fruit
17. Gateau Opera
16. Rhubarb Crème Brulee Tartlet
15. Assortment of Palmiers and Cheese Straws
14. Scottish Langoustines with Lemon Mayonnaise Pressed Confit of Pork Belly with Crayfish and Crackling
13. Wild Mushroom and Celeriac Chausson
12. Raspberry Financier
11. Scottish Smoked Salmon Rose on Beetroot Blini
10. Quails Eggs with Celery Salt
9. Cornish Crab Salad on Lemon Blini
8. Pressed Duck Terrine with Fruit Chutney
7. Miniature Watercress and Asparagus Tart
6. Cornish Crab Salad on Lemon Blini
5. Grain Mustard and Honey-glazed Chipolatas
4. Poached Asparagus Spears with Hollandaise Sauce for Dipping
3. Miniature Yorkshire Pudding with Roast Fillet of Beef and Horseradish Mousse
2. Smoked Haddock Fishcake with Pea Guacamole
1. Bubble and Squeak with Confit Shoulder of Lamb
Middleton. By Ben Stansall/Getty Images.Kate Middleton chose to wear the Cartier “halo” tiara, which was made in 1936 and purchased by the Duke of York (later King George VI) for his wife, Elizabeth’s mother (also Elizabeth). Queen Elizabeth received it as an 18th-birthday present, at which time she was Princess Elizabeth. The delicate headpiece, which is as understated as a headband of diamonds can be, was lent to Kate by the Queen, though there’s a chance she’ll come into one of her own soon: the Queen’s 1981 wedding gift to Diana was the Cambridge Lovers’ Knot Tiara. Diana wore a Spencer-family tiara to her wedding.
Kate’s earrings, custom-made by Robinson Pelham to match her tiara, were a present from her parents. The earrings, with acorn motifs, was inspired by the fresh, new Middleton-family crest. Pelham also designed the more floral earrings worn by the other lady in white—maid of honor Pippa Middleton.
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After months of waiting, William and Kate finally tied the knot at Westminster Abbey today. She arrived clutching the hand of her father Michael as her sister and maid of honour Pippa held the long rain on her flowing dress. As the happy couple exchanged vows, William appeared to have trouble slipping the ring onto Kate’s finger. An estimated one million people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of them.