With a smile that lit up TV screens around the world, Kate Middleton married Prince William in a union that promised to revitalise the British monarchy. A million people roared their approval as the royal couple then paraded through London in an open carriage.
Even knowing that an immense television audience was tuning in to watch, the couple managed, at times, to appear in their own private world Friday, both at Westminster Abbey and on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
William whispered to Kate, who radiated contentment and joy, as they pledged their lives to one another at the church with the simple words "I will."
Image: Prince William and Kate Middleton exchange rings in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury during their wedding at Westminster Abbey, on April 29, 2011 in London. (Photographs copyright AFP)