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Bride wore satin, lace

The biggest secret of the day was the wedding gown. Designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, the ivory-and-white satin dress had a plunging neckline, long lacy shoulders and sleeves and an eight-and-a-half-foot train carried by the bride's sister, Pippa, in her own Burton gown.

• Among the lace, flowers to represent each nation in the United Kingdom: a rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.

• Workers at the Royal School of Needlework, who created the lace motif, washed their hands every half-hour to keep the material pristine and used new needles every three hours.

• It was all topped off by a 1936 diamond Cartier tiara on loan from Queen Elizabeth and a veil of tulle.

• The bride's diamond earrings, her "something new,'' were a wedding day gift from her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.

What Will whispered to her

Tina Lannin, a professional lipreader who was born deaf, caught the private whispers during the royal wedding that TV microphones couldn't capture. She reports that as Middleton reached the altar, William looked at her and said, "You look lovely. . . . You look beautiful.''

Strictly Church of England

The bride walked up the aisle to the anthem I Was Glad, by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, from Psalm 122.

• The service conformed with the Church of England's 1966 prayer book. During it Middleton and her husband promised to love, comfort, honor and keep each other — she didn't say "obey.''

• The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, declared: "I pronounce that they be man and wife together, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."

• There were giggles between them as William struggled to wriggle the Welsh gold ring onto the duchess' finger.

• In his address, Richard Chartres, the bishop of London and the clergyman closest to the royal family, advised: "The more we give of self, the richer we become in soul; the more we go beyond ourselves in love, the more we become our true selves."

• As Chartres spoke of the Holy Spirit quickening within them, filling their lives with light and so leading on to family life, Middleton blushed and smiled.

She wasn't a happy camper

Young bridesmaid Grace van Cutsem — just 3 years old — really didn't like all the noise on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in front of a crowd estimated by police at roughly 1 million. Palace officials said Grace, a goddaughter of William, felt poorly when she was on the balcony.

Hobnobbing with swells

On a guest list full of royals, heads of governments and celebrities such as Elton John, Guy Ritchie and David and Victoria Beckham, the couple made sure to include some regular folks. Among them were Hash and Chan Shingadia, who own the Peaches Spar convenience store in Kate's hometown of Buckleberry. The Shingadias say Middleton liked to grab some Haribo gummy bears when she stopped in.

A big old bite of Britain

The menu for the lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace, which featured tons of British products, included Scottish smoked salmon rose on beetroot blini, roulade of goat's cheese with caramelized walnuts, Cornish crab salad on lemon blini and quail's eggs. Royal chef Mark Flanagan and his team also prepared pressed duck terrine with chutney, watercress and asparagus tart, honey-glazed chipolatas, smoked haddock fishcake, poached asparagus spears and miniature Yorkshire puddings with roast beef — and even a bubble and squeak canape (that's fried leftover vegetables). Those with a sweet tooth would have enjoyed gateau opera, rhubarb creme brulee tartlets, passion fruit praline and white or dark chocolate ganache truffles. Other dessert canapes were blood orange pate de fruit, raspberry financier and milk chocolate praline with nuts.

Remembering Diana

Princess Diana, above on the balcony at Buckingham Palace shortly after her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981 at St. Paul's Cathedral, was very much on the minds of folks watching Friday's events. "It's such a shame and so poignant that (Diana) missed out on her boy's big day,'' royals expert Jennie Bond told AP. "I think William deliberately included his mother in the day with the music,'' Bond said, pointing out that the initial hymn, Guide me, O Thou Great Redeemer, was also played at Diana's funeral.

After the grandparents left

About 300 close friends and relatives were invited to a dinner and disco, hosted by Prince Charles, 62.

• William changed into black tie.

• The duchess wore a strapless white satin gazar evening gown with diamante embroidered detail round the waist, also by Sarah Burton. She also wore a white angora bolero cardigan.

• Camilla, 63, below with the bride, wore a blue hand-embroidered high-collared floor length Anna Valentine dress.

• Queen Elizabeth, 85, and her husband of 64 years, Prince Philip, 89, had promised to go away for the evening, leaving the younger royals free to party, and Harry, 26, to make his best man's speech away from his grandparents' ears. Harry also had planned a breakfast for those with the stamina to last all night.

Compiled by Times staff writer Ron Brackett with information from the London Daily Mail, the Guardian, BBC, New York Times and AP.

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