London: After eight years of courtship, Prince William on Friday married his college sweetheart Kate Middleton at the Westminster Abbey.


Following are some of the highlights of the royal wedding:

Prince William and Catherine Middleton have chosen Wartski to make the Wedding Ring for Middleton. The ring has been fashioned from a piece of Welsh gold that was given to Prince William by the Queen shortly after the engagement was announced.

The ring will be carried to Westminster Abbey by Prince William's Best Man Prince Harry on the wedding day. There will be only one ring, in accordance with the Couple's wishes.

Buckingham Palace spokeswoman confirms that after the wedding, Prince William and Kate Middleton will use the same 1902 State Landau carriage used by the Prince Charles and  Lady Diana on their wedding day in 1981.

The royal family, with a private contribution from the Middleton Family, is paying for all those aspects of the day that constitute the wedding (eg the Abbey service, flowers,
dresses, carriage procession, reception and dinner). The Government and other bodies bear the costs that are consequential to the wedding, official sources said.

Prince William and Catherine Middleton have set up a charitable gift fund for those who may wish to donate to charity to help the couple celebrate their wedding. The two have asked that anyone who might wish to give them a wedding gift consider giving instead to a charitable fund.

Prince William has chosen to wear the uniform of Colonel of the Irish Guards on his Wedding Day. Prince William, who is commissioned in all three Armed Services, and who has served actively with the Army (The Household CavalryRegiment) and with the Royal Air Force (Search and Rescue Force), chose to wear the uniform of his senior honorary appointment in the Army.

Royal Mail has launched a special sheet of stamps to commemorate the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton. The stamps are available at all Post Office branches. The stamps feature the official engagement portraits taken by photographer Mario Testino on 25 November.

Agencies