A Royal Family Affair: The Wedding Day

The Queen and her royal court embrace the Middletons at William and Kate's nuptial

01 of 09

A ROYAL EXIT

A ROYAL EXIT
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Flanked by Carole Middleton and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II leaves Westminster Abbey surrounded by her royal entourage just moments after her grandson exchanged vows with Kate Middleton.

02 of 09

SHOW OF CURTSEY

SHOW OF CURTSEY
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Moments earlier, the newly ennobled Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pay their respects to the Queen – no easy feat with an 8-foot-long train! – following their nuptials in Westminster Abbey.

03 of 09

FATHER FIGURES

FATHER FIGURES
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The Prince of Wales has a father-to-father moment with Kate's dad Michael Middleton after their children tied the knot.

04 of 09

IN STEP

IN STEP
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The stunning mother of the bride waves to her daughter's well-wishers as her handsome son James leads the way into the Abbey.

05 of 09

JOY RIDE

JOY RIDE
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Prince Harry joins bridesmaid Lady Louise Windsor, 7, (daughter of Harry's Uncle Edward) for a carriage ride en route to Buckingham Palace.

06 of 09

DATE WITH DAD

DATE WITH DAD
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The groom's uncle Prince Andrew escorts his daughters, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, into their cousin's nuptials at Westminster Abbey.

07 of 09

SUCH CARRIAGE!

SUCH CARRIAGE!
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Maid of honor Pippa Middleton (the bride's younger sister) and bridesmaid Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, 8, flash their dazzling smiles during their post-wedding procession.

08 of 09

PURPLE MAJESTY

PURPLE MAJESTY
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Princess Anne, Prince Charles's younger sister, springs forward in a lavender ensemble en route to the Abbey.

09 of 09

BRIDAL PARTY

BRIDAL PARTY
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Prince William and Kate Middleton make their debut as husband and wife in the Abbey with their best man and maid of honor trailing closely behind.

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