England’s Prince William and Kate Middleton officially tied the knot Friday before millions of viewers across the globe, including many here in New York.
Their public displays of affection on the balcony of Buckingham Palace were well received with cheers and screams from the crowd of thousands who gathered outside to share in the wedding celebration.
The two were joined in an hour long ceremony at Westminster Abbey in front of 2,000 guests.
Hundreds of thousands around the world are believed to have tuned in to watch the couple exchange vows.
In Times Square, hundreds turned out for one of the many viewing parties being held around the city.
Those who spoke with NY1 say they’ve been looking forward to all the pomp and circumstance and that it’s history in the making. Some even got into the wedding spirit by dressing like royalty.
Many say the couple’s down to earth nature make them an easy pair to root for.
“They’re associating with the common people of Britain than Charles. He’s still not well-liked,” said one onlooker.
“It brings some realness to their family. Most common people want to feel they can relate to them. If she brings that to the mix then people are a little more excited about it,” said another.
A few dozen blocks away on Greenwich Avenue, British restaurant Tea and Sympathy hosted a wedding party too. For many, the love story is an escape.
“My 7-year-old has been enwrapped in the whole thing. It’s nice to have a nice piece of news and for everyone to celebrate a really lovely story instead of all the disaster that’s reported in the media,” said one wedding watcher.
“Everyone seems to be excited about it: Americans, Brits, everyone. I think a great deal of that is because William’s one of Diana’s boys and everyone loved Diana. I think it’s nice to see everything come full circle,” said another.
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams officiated the ceremony.
The couple emerged from the abbey to thousands of onlookers waving British flags.
The two then headed to the palace in an open-topped horse drawn carriage.
Thousands lined the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the royals as they made their way back to the palace.
The prince and princess — now also known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — are attending two parties: one hosted by the queen, and an evening dinner dance for close friends.