) -- An estimated 2 billion viewers around the globe tuned in to watch the

royal wedding

between England's Prince William and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on Friday.


The couple rode in an open-topped State Laundau, a carriage built in 1902, to Buckingham Palace.

Massive crowds of onlookers gathered in hopes to catch a glimpse of the royal couple on their big day, as the U.K. observes a national holiday because of the wedding. The London Stock Exchange is closed.

Thousands of people swarmed Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park to watch the live broadcast of the ceremony on huge television screens.

For those who could not be in England to watch the event, coverage was available from a number of television outlets and online, starting as early as 1 a.m. EDT. Coverage is expected to continue for hours following the ceremony.

The palace will hold two parties following the official ceremony. The first celebration for 650 guests is to be hosted by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, who have been married for 64 years. The queen and her husband will then leave for the evening, and the younger royals will partake in an evening dinner dance.

The total cost of the opulent affair remains unknown, but estimates range from $16 million to $64 million. Reports claim that security accounts for a large portion of the expenses.

The two receptions will cost an estimated $600,000, including $80,000 for two wedding cakes, Amy Eisinger, editor of, told

ABC News


Click through the following slideshow to see photos from the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.


In this image taken from video, Britain's Prince William, left, places the ring on the finger of his bride, Kate Middleton, as they stand at the altar at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Wedding in London.

Upon her arrival to the ceremony, Middleton revealed ivory and white satin wedding gown with long lacy sleeves and a train over six and a half feet long.

Middleton's dress was designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. Middleton also wore a veil and tiara from Queen Elizabeth II.

"It's a dream," said Jennie Bond, royal wedding consultant for

The Associated Press

said. "It is a beautiful laced soft look which is extremely elegant. She looked stunning."

Prince William, second-in-line to the throne after his father, Prince Charles, wore the scarlet tunic of an Irish Guards officer.


Britain's Prince William kisses his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Royal Wedding in London


Grace Van Custem, the 3-year-old bridesmaid and daughter of Hugh van Cutsem, a close friend of Prince William's, can be seen covering her ears after the royal ceremony.

Custem is also Prince William's goddaughter and the great-great-great-granddaughter of William Waldorf Astor, according to

Vanity Fair


Other members of the bridal party included Kate Middleton's sister, Philippa Charlotte "Pippa" Middleton as the maid of honor, Prince Edward's daughter Lady Louise Windsor, 7, the Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, 8, and 3-year-old Eliza Lopes, who is Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's granddaughter.


Newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton drive away from Buckingham Palace in a convertible after the Royal Wedding.

One of the many secrets of the royal wedding has been where the newlyweds will spend their honeymoon.

Some reports speculate that the royal couple may head to East Africa, the Great Barrier Reef, or perhaps remain in England.

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Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the couple was headed to the palace to attend a lunch party hosted by the Queen. Then the two will attend an evening party for about 300 family and friends, hosted by Prince Charles. The celebration will reportedly include drinks, a sit-down dinner, speeches and dancing.


Members of the public gather along the Mall and around the Queen Victoria Memorial as they await Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their wedding at Westminster Abbey, London.

A crowd of thousands gathered in central London to watch the live broadcast of the ceremony on huge television screens.

The streets and public squares along the procession route were already filling up at dawn.

Police estimated the crowd peaked at one million along the route. Nearly 500,000 people packed around the Mall, which leads from the Admiralty Arch at Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace, trying to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.


Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, left, and her husband Prince Philip, right, leave Westminster Abbey following the wedding of Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, as they make their way along the procession route to Buckingham Palace.

The Queen arrived at the ceremony wearing a canary-yellow dress designed by Angela Kelly with a matching coat and hat.

The queen turned 85-years-old earlier this month.


Britain's Prince William and his bride Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, travel in the 1902 State Landau carriage along the Processional Route from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey.

Crowds gathered along the wedding procession route to watch as the Band of the Coldstream Guards create a lively atmosphere with show tunes and pop songs.

More than five military bands from across the three services were stationed at several points along the route.


Princess Beatrice of York with her sister Princess Eugenie of York arrive to attend at Westminster Abbey on Friday.

The marriage was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by nearly 2,000 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state.

Thousands of people from around the world flocked to central London to witness the pageantry of the wedding.


Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene Wittstock arrive to attend the Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey in London.


From left, Prince Phillip, Carole Middleton, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall stand outside of Westminster Abbey after the Royal Wedding in London.

Crown Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Maxima of The Netherlands wave as they arrive to attend the Royal Wedding.

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