The emotional moments when both Princes remembered their late mother in their respective speeches followed an evening reception at Buckingham Palace, described by one guest as “the most magical party imaginable”.
There were fireworks, a live band led by the pop star Ellie Goulding, and the Palace’s magnificent Throne Room was transformed into a “massive nightclub”.
After a lunch-time reception at Buckingham Palace for 650 guests hosted by the Queen for the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, only the couple’s true inner circle - 300 of their most trusted friends and family - retired their homes or London hotels to rest and then change into their evening wear for the reception at the Palace, hosted by the Prince of Wales.
Kate Middleton went from being Prince William's flatmate to the future King's wife.
The couple met at St Andrews University where they were both studying history of art, although William later switched to geography.
Born on January 9, 1982, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, is the eldest child of businessman Michael and former air hostess Carole Middleton.
She was privately educated at the £15,000-a-year Marlborough College, where she was captain of the school hockey team, a keen netball player and played in the first