History in the making: Kate, William are wed

(AP) - An elegant, tiara-bedecked Kate Middleton swept down the aisle to marry Prince William at Westminster Abbey as fans packed the streets of London on Friday, hoping to snatch a glimpse of a historic royal wedding expected to revitalize the Britishmonarchy.

As the future king and queen of England began their lives ashusband and wife with the simple words "I will," some 2 billionpeople across the globe were believed to have tuned in. The couplelooked nervous but happy and recited their vows without stumblingbefore Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

A million well-wishers - as well as some protesters - floodedinto central London, around Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbeyand other landmarks. Crowds were up at dawn waving flags fortelevision cameras under steely gray skies and cool temperatures.

Cheers erupted as huge television screens began broadcasting atTrafalgar Square and Hyde Park.

"Will, it's not too late!" said one sign held aloft by anadmirer dressed as a bride.

The biggest secret of the day - Middleton's wedding gown -prompted swoons of admiration as she stepped out of a Rolls-Roycewith her father at Westminster Abbey. Against all odds, the sun emerged at that exact moment.

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