The royal wedding: Presenting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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LONDON -- The much-anticipated royal wedding went off with out a hitch Friday, marking latest chapter in what many call a fairy tale romance.

Prince Williams and Catherine Middleton tied the knot, becoming the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, during a gorgeous ceremony that began at about 3 a.m. Arizona time.

Don Riddell has stationed outside Buckingham Palace for the past couple of days. He checked in with Tara Hitchcock, our resident royal wedding superfan, to give her his first-hand account of the wedding seen by billions around the world.

From the emergence of the bride at Westminster Abbey to the couple's first public kiss as newlyweds -- make that two kisses -- on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, it was an historic event.

Even with millions of people tuning in to watch, the couple managed to appear at times in their own private world Friday, both at Westminster Abbey and on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. William whispered to Kate, who radiated contentment and joy, as they pledged their lives to one another at the church with the simple words "I will."

The biggest secret of the day — Middleton's wedding gown — prompted swoons of admiration as she stepped out of a Rolls-Royce with her father at the abbey. Against all odds, the sun broke through steely gray skies at that exact moment.

Her ivory-and-white satin dress — with its plunging neckline, long lacy shoulders and sleeves and a train over 2-meters (yards) long — was designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. Middleton's hair was half-up, half-down, decorated with dramatic veil and a tiara on loan from Queen Elizabeth II.

The royals fervently hope that a joyous union for William and Kate will erase the squalid memories of his parents' embarrassing each other and the nation with confessions of adultery as their marriage tumbled toward divorce.