Well-Wishers Line Streets Along Wedding Route

The royal nuptials offered pomp and circumstance on a grand scale. Hundreds of thousands of spectators gathered to catch a glimpse of Kate Middleton, Prince William and the royal entourage.

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And let's just mention that they are working their way up to the vows now, William and Kate standing at the front of Westminster Abbey.

Philip mentioned the human interaction, and you do see these tiny moments. Prince William as he steps into the church a little while ago, pausing a moment, putting a hand up to check his thinning hair. And later, just before the ceremony began, as he stood by his bride leaning over to apparently crack a joke and Kate Middleton was laughing up there today.

The people who are able to glimpse those bits of human interaction range from Elton John, to the King of Tonga, to the Queen Elizabeth herself, those among the crowd at Westminster Abbey. But of course, thousands of people have been standing outside on the street knowing they might not get much more than a royal wave. Nevertheless they've come.

And NPR's David Greene is among them. Hi, David. Where are you?

DAVID GREENE: Hi there, Steve. I'm in St. James' park which is along the mall, the grand avenue that goes from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace, and everyone has been here waiting. And actually it's funny, I was worried that people were gonna be here in London for a wedding they wouldn't actually get to experience, but it's sort of surreal. Everyone's sort of camped out in the grass, they're picnicking, they're eating sandwiches, and they're piping in that majestic ceremony from inside Westminster Abbey on speakers here. So people can feel like they're part of the wedding.

INSKEEP: Now, the vows are just being spoken now, and it sounds like that's going over loudspeakers where you are as well, David.

GREENE: It is, we're hearing all that. And actually, Steve, I want to hand to microphone off for one moment to Katie Lande(ph). She's someone I met as the queen and Kate Middleton both made their way towards Westminster Abbey. She took a look at it, and here she is. This is Katie Lande, Steve.

INSKEEP: Hi Katie.

Ms. KATIE LANDE: Hi there. Hi.

INSKEEP: Good name to have today. What have you been doing?

Ms. LANDE: So we got here this morning with my mum and my uncle, and we've been waiting on the (unintelligible) most of the morning for them to come along, so we saw them all drive by. So it was lovely.

INSKEEP: What made it so important for you to be there in person?

Ms. LANDE: I think because I live in London, and I thought it would be a shame not to come down and experience it, and to be able to look back and say that I was here on the day.

INSKEEP: And even as we speak, they're doing the little ceremony the ring. Who giveth this woman to be married to this man. All the details of this.

Ms. LANDE: Yeah. We can hear it being piped over, so it's really special. Everyone's sat in the grass listening to it. It's lovely.

INSKEEP: So have you seen anything yet?

Ms. LANDE: Yeah. We saw the queen come past, and we've seen most of the family come out of Clarence House which is opposite the mall. And we saw Prince William come out, and then finally Kate drove past in the car and she looked beautiful.

INSKEEP: She looked beautiful to you. The limousine we should mention had huge windows on the sides and even on the back. So you thought you got a good look at that dress?

Ms. LANDE: Yeah. You could see it quite clearly. You could see the veil and she was smiling and waving at all the crowds, and it was fantastic to see.

INSKEEP: Katie, am I allowed to ask how old you are?

Ms. LANDE: I'm 36.

INSKEEP: Thirty-six, so you were six years old at the last really big royal wedding, Princess Diana in 1981. Do you have any memories of that?

Ms. LANDE: Yeah. I remember watching it with my family and we had a small hotel at the time, so we had lots of guests staying with us, and we were all watching it in the lounge, and it was amazing. And it's still amazing to watch back now when they show it on television.

INSKEEP: Well, they just did the till death do us part part, so I'm going to let you get back to the celebrating there. But Katie Lande, thanks very much.

Ms. LANDE: Thank you.

INSKEEP: So David Greene, I trust the microphone is back in your hands. What happens next?

GREENE: It's back, Steve. Well, everyone is gonna be waiting. I hear they're gonna listen to the ceremony, and then they're gonna wait for that big moment where as my colleague Phil Reeves said, everyone is hoping that the weather stays nice, the sun stays out, and that carriage is in the open and they can get a real glimpse of the new royal couple coming down on their way to Buckingham Palace very shortly.

INSKEEP: Okay. Well, David, thanks very much. Appreciate it.

GREENE: Appreciate it Steve, we'll be out here.

INSKEEP: That's NPR's David Greene, and let's just mention we're watching the televised images from inside Westminster Abbey, and William has just put the ring on Kate's finger.

We'll continue bringing updates on the royal wedding throughout the morning.

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