William And Kate Say Vows At Westminster Abbey

Prince William and Kate Middleton are now man and wife. The ceremony was watched by millions around the world as the two were wed at Westminster Abbey.

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There've been horses, carriages, British redcoats, stewards, kings, queens, ambassadors. A queen in yellow, crowds of many thousands, a bride and groom sharing a smile at the altar and these sounds:

(Soundbite of processional music)

Bishop RICHARD CHARTRES (Bishop of London): Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the sight of God and in the face of this congregation to join together this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony.

Archbishop ROWAN WILLIAMS (Archbishop of Canterbury): I William Philip Arthur Louis...

Prince WILLIAM: I William Philip Arthur Louis...

Archbishop WILLIAMS: ...take thee Katherine Elizabeth...

Prince WILLIAM: ...take thee Katherine Elizabeth...

Archbishop WILLIAMS: ...to my wedded wife...

Prince WILLIAM: ...to my wedded wife...

Archbishop WILLIAMS: ...to have and to hold from this day forward...

Prince WILLIAM: ...to have and to hold from this day forward...

Archbishop WILLIAMS: I Katherine Elizabeth...

Ms. CATHERINE MIDDLETON: I Katherine Elizabeth...

Archbishop WILLIAMS: ...take thee William Philip Arthur Louis...

Ms MIDDLETON: ...take thee William Philip Arthur Louis...

Archbishop WILLIAMS: ...to my wedded husband...

Ms. MIDDLETON: ...to my wedded husband...

Archbishop WILLIAMS: ...to have and to hold from this day forward...

Ms. MIDDLETON: ...to have and to hold from this day forward...

Bishop CHARTRES: ...those whom God has joined together, let no man put asunder. 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. Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire. So said Saint Catherine of Sienna, whose festival day it is today. Marriage is intended...

Archbishop WILLIAMS: O merciful Lord, our Heavenly Father...

Bishop CHARTRES: ...to be a way...

Archbishop WILLIAMS: ...by whose gracious gift mankind has increased. Bestow we beseech thee upon these two persons the heritage and gift of children. And grant that they may see their children Christianly and virtuously brought up to thy faith and (unintelligible).

(Soundbite of processional music)

Bishop CHARTRES: The blessing of God almighty: The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost be amongst you and remain with you always.

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