12:34: I do love a lovely wedding, and this was a really lovely one. They look happy, I hope they are.
12:32: Everyone back into the palace.
12:30: Fly past.
12:29: A second kiss. Very decorous, a peck rather than a snog.
12: 27: The Queen leads other members of the royal family onto the balcony. The crowd is excited. They kiss (Kate and WIllaim that is, not the crowd).
12:26: The Duke and Duchess are on the balcony waving.
12:25 Net curtains on the palace window behind the balcony – tell me no!
12:22: The Brits do secuirty and crowd control well too – all those people and no sign of anything untoward.
12:05: Photos here and here.
12:03:Offical royal wedding pages here.
11:59: Three hours of bell ringing might be a wee bit much for most people, not least those doing the ringing. Wonder if they wear ear protection? Do they do it in shifts?
11:44: The Brits do do pomp and ceremony well, don’t they?
11:34: They’re calling it the wedding of the century – it’s been glorious but with 89 years (90 if you’re a pedant) to go that’s a big call.
11:26: It’s not easy getting out of a carriage gracefully in a long dress and a longer trains, but she does it.
11:25: Back at the palace. Those are very well behaved horses.
11:20: There’s a reason for that royal wave – the royal arms would get very tired if they did too much ordinary waving.
11:11: The sun is shining, they’re smiling and waving to the crowd.
11:09: WIlliam puts on his cap and gloves. Into the carriage.
11:08: They walk out of the Abbey to cheers from the crowd and the peal of bells.
11:05: They bow and curtsy to the Queen.
11:04 Prince WiIliam and Princess Kate (or is it now Princess Catherine?), the DUke and Duchess of Cambridge, return to a fanfare.
11:03 The clergy go to the door.
11:02: The families return. The choir is still singing.
10:53: Pippa gives Kate her bouquet, they walk forward into a chapel, followed by their parents and siblings, to sign the register. The choir sings.
10:52: God Save the Queen. She doesn’t sing but Prince Phillip does.
10:50: Another prayer.The choir sings Amen.
10:47: Hymn – Jerusalem. Elton John doesn’t seem to be over familiar with this either. Many in the crowd outside are singing more enthusiastically.
1044: Prayers- I know Roman Catholics don’t say the last bit of the Lord’s Prayer (for thine is the kingdon . . . ) but didn’t realise Anglicans don’t either.
10:40 The choir sings while WIlliam and Kate move to the, is it the nave? Pardon my ignorance of church architecture is showing. No it’s not the nave, it’s the alter.
10:39: He finishes with a prayer which William and Kate wrote.
10:32: Address by the Bishop of London. He starts quoting Saint Catherine of Sienna – Be who you are mant to be and you will set the world on fire.
10:27 Anthem This is the Day The Lord Hath Made, commissioned specially for the service as a gift to th couple.
10:24: Bible reading by James Middleton- Romans chapter 12. Let love be genuine, hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good . . . Either he’s using a teleprompter or he’s got a very good memory.
10-:20 The second hymn – Love Divine, we sang it at our wedding,
10:17: A ring for her but not for him.
10:12 Dearly beloved -the Dean begins the service with the traditional words.
10:11 Sophie’s veil is off her face, she looks happy.
10:10: The first hymn – Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer. Elton John doesn’t appear to know it.
10:09: Harry looks nervous, William looks happy.
10:08: What restraint – William hasn’t glanced back yet.
10:05: Kate, her father and the Dean walk slowly down the aisle. Her veil is over her face.
10:04: William and Harry are led to the alter steps as the choir sings I Was Glad.
10:03: Is that a tear in her mother’s eye?
10:00: It’s 11am in England. Kate and her father have arrived at the Abbey, PIppa is coming out to greet her. Kate’s dress is simple and elegant with a train which is several metres long. It was made by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
9:59: All that waiting by all those people who cheer as the bride and her father glide past in seconds.
9:56: Pippa Middleton (stunning in a sleek, champagne coloured gown), the flower girls and page boys are going into the Abbey.
9:55: She looks happy.
9:51: Kate Middleton, wearing lace and carrying a posey, has got into the car with her father, Michael. My, what a long train.
9:49: The Queen and Duke have arrived at the Abbey. Her outfit looks more subdued inside. She gets a fanfare fromt he band and a kiss from her son.
9:48: Two page boys in mini-military uniforms.
9:44 Charles and Camilla are going into the Abbey.
9:43: The bridesmaids (in champagne coloured dresses) are getting in to the cars.
9:41: The Queen and Prince Phillip have left the palace – she’s in yellow, he’s in red – would it be impolite to say they’re colours I wouldn’t put together?
9:40: Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie are wearing what Lyn of Taw would describe as visual symphonies on their heads.
9:38: Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are on their way to the Abbey.
9:35 Prince Andrew, his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie; Prince Edward and Princess Sophie are leaving the palace.
9:33: Carole MIddleton and her son James have arrived at the Abbey.
9:30: The junior royals are travelling from Buckingham Palace to the Abbey. Mini vans don’t have quite the same impact as Rolls Royces or carriages.
9:26 – Carole Middleton, Kate’s mother, in sky blue is on her way to th Abbey.
9:24: In other news the Blues have beaten the Highlanders 15 -10 at Carisbrook. The Breakers have won the basketball final against the Taipans.
9:22: The fascinators many women are wearing are fascinating – and surely better for the people sitting behind you than a large hat.
9:20: The princes took off their caps as they entered the Abbey and are chatting to the Dean.
9:12: Princes William and Harry have left Clarence House on their way to the Abbey – William in red, the dress uniform of the Irish Guards.
9:05: British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha hold hands as they walk into Westminster Abbey.
9:pm: Commonwealth leaders arriving including the Keys and Julia Gillard – the latter in pink.
From 8:50pm Governors-General and Prime Ministers of Realm Countries (including John Key), the Diplomatic Corps, and other distinguished guests arrive at the Abbey
9:10pm The Bridegroom and Prince Henry of Wales (Prince Harry) leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey (arrive at 9:15pm)
9:20pm Members of Foreign Royal Families arrive at Westminster Abbey from Buckingham Palace
9:20pm Carole Middleton (Mother of the Bride) leaves the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey (arrive 9:27pm)
9:25pm Members of the Royal Family (except those listed below) leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey (arrive at 9:30pm)
9:35pm The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, The Earl and Countess of Wessex ,The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral
Timothy Laurence leave Buckingham Palace (arrive at 9:40pm)
9:38pm The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey (arrive at 9.42pm)
9:40pm The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey (arrive at 9.45pm)
9:48pm The Bridesmaids and Pages leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey (arrive at 9.55pm)
9:51pm The Bride, accompanied by Michael Middleton, leaves the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey
10:00pm The Marriage Service begins
Service will be conducted by Very Reverend John Hall, Dean of Westminster Abbey
Vows will be presided over by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Sermon delivered by Right Reverend Richard Chartres
11:15pm The Carriage Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom with a Captain’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, followed by The Queen’s Procession with a
Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, leaves Westminster Abbey for Buckingham Palace
11:30pm The Bride’s Carriage Procession arrives at Buckingham Palace
11:40pm Members of the Royal Family and Members of Foreign Royal Families arrive at Buckingham Palace
From 11:40pm Guests arrive at Buckingham Palace for the Reception
12:25am The Queen and the Bride and Bridegroom, together with their Families, appear on the Balcony to wave to the crowd
12:30am Fly Past by the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (includes the traditional kiss)
8:25 My farmer is watching the rugby but I’m enjoying watching people arrive at Westminster Abbey.
Earlier this evening Prime Minsiter John Key and his wife Bronagh showed off their wedding finery – she in a Trelise Cooper pink lace dress with a royal blue coat and hat, he in a greenstone-washed merino suit. Tv3 here; TV 1 here and here.