PRINCE William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding was watched by nearly 25 million Britons and an estimated two billion people world wide - now relive it all with our edited highlights video, writes Graham Walker.
VIDEO: Press the play button to see the arrivals, the ceremony, the departure, balcony kisses and more. It’s all here.
MORE VIDEO: Watch extended video of the wedding ceremony, that first public kiss and our video report of party celebrations - check out the links below.
The wedding was one of the 10 most-watched programmes in history, with almost 18.7 million tuned to BBC1 with 5.9 million watching ITV1.
More than a million people used BBC iPlayer to watch a portion of the royal wedding coverage and it was streamed live over the internet, it said.
The most watch event of all time in the UK was the 1966 World Cup Final with 32.3 million viewers, which pipped the 32.1 million who watched Princess Diana’s 1997 funeral.
Around 28.4 million viewers tuned in for Di’s marriage to Charles in 1981 and 27.6 million watched Princess Anne wed Mark Phillips in 1973.
But not one royal wedding could match Den and Angie’s divorce in EastEnders, which drew in 30 million.
Prime Minister David Cameron said William and Kate’s big day celebrations made people feel “very proud to be British”.
He said the British public had shed their normal reserve and showed that “when we go for it, we really go for it”.
Celebrations boosted Britain’s coffers by almost £2billion. The festivities generated an extra £600million for UK tourism – on top of £1.2billion spent on food and drink.
* Kate’s intricately decorated wedding dress, which stunned the crowds, may now go on public display - plans are being drawn up, say officials at Clarence House.
The Duchess of Cambridge followed the poignant royal tradition of having her wedding bouquet left at the grave of the unknown warrior, the remains of a First World War soldier who has come to symbolise the nation’s war dead, at Westminster Abbey.
The late Queen Mother began the long-standing tradition when her posy was left at the grave in 1923 after her wedding to the Duke of York, later George VI.
Look out for more local coverage in The Star, out Monday to Saturday, and Thursday’s weekly sister papers The Sheffield Telegraph, Doncaster Free Press and The Derbyshire Times.
FOR A ROUND-UP OF SOUTH YORKSHIRE ROYAL WEDDING PARTY CELEBRATION PICTURES SEE THE STAR’S SPECIAL EIGHT PAGE SOUVENIR PULL-OUT - ONLY IN THE STAR ON TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011.