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The Royal Wedding: The Dress, The Kiss, William's Uniform, The After-Party Continues in the Streets of London
Aired April 29, 2011 - 09:00 ET
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ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Ladies and gentlemen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
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HRH PRINCE WILLIAM, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE: With this ring, I thee well.
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COOPER: William and Catherine finally say.
WILLIAM: I will.
PRINCESS CATHERINE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE: I will.
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COOPER: The royal guests. The celebrities. The pomp and pageantry. And, of course, the dress.
Watch a real-life fairy tale unfold with us this hour as we relive the royal wedding.
It is 2:00 here in London, it is 9:00 a.m. on the east coast of the United States, 6:00 a.m. on the West Coast of the United States. Good morning, good afternoon from London and around the world. You are watching the royal wedding on CNN.
Millions of people here and across the globe watching this Friday, April 29th, the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
I'm Anderson Cooper joined by Piers Morgan and Cat Deeley.
What a day that we have witnessed so far.
PIERS MORGAN, CNN ANCHOR: One of the greatest days I can remember in my lifetime in this country. Quite remarkable.
COOPER: We're going to bring you all the pomp and all the pageantry. The big moments from the wedding and the reception. The moment of the day, first well, the couple becoming bride and groom at Westminster Abbey. Also, in this hour, the kiss, the dress. The world finally able to see who Catherine wore this morning. And exclusively on CNN this morning, somebody really very special. Vera Wang has been with our Alina Cho all morning. Inside, a look at the dress and its designer, Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.
Prince William and Princess Catherine, writing a new chapter of the long history of the British royal family. Before perhaps two billion witnesses here in London, across Britain and around the world. They began their life as husband and wife with two simple words, "I Will."
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ROWAN WILLIAMS, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY: I, William Arthur Philip Louie.
PRINCE WILLIAM: I, William Arthur Philip Louie.
WILLIAMS: Take thee, Catherine Elizabeth.
PRINCE WILLIAM: Take thee, Catherine Elizabeth.
WILLIAMS: To my wedded wife.
PRINCE WILLIAM: To my wedded wife.
WILLIAMS: And to have and to hold from this day forward.
PRINCE WILLIAM: And to have and to hold from this day forward.
WILLIAMS: For better, for worse.
PRINCE WILLIAM: For better, for worse.
WILLIAMS: For richer, for poorer.
PRINCE WILLIAM: For richer, for poorer.
WILLIAMS: In sickness and in health.
PRINCE WILLIAM: In sickness and in health.
WILLIAMS: To love and to cherish.
PRINCE WILLIAM: To love and to cherish.
WILLIAMS: Till death us do part.
PRINCE WILLIAM: Till death us do part.
WILLIAMS: According to God's holy law.
PRINCE WILLIAM: According to God's holy law.
WILLIAMS: And thereto I give thee my troth.
PRINCE WILLIAM: And thereto I give thee my troth.
WILLIAMS: I, Catherine Elizabeth.
PRINCESS CATHERINE: I, Catherine Elizabeth.
WILLIAMS: Take thee, William Arthur Philip Louie.
PRINCESS CATHERINE: Take thee, William Arthur Philip Louie.
WILLIAMS: To my wedded husband.
PRINCESS CATHERINE: To my wedded husband.
WILLIAMS: To have and to hold from this day forward.
PRINCESS CATHERINE: To have and to hold from this day forward.
WILLIAMS: For better, for worse.
PRINCESS CATHERINE: For better, for worse.
WILLIAMS: For richer, for poorer.
PRINCESS CATHERINE: For richer, for poorer.
WILLIAMS: In sickness and in health.
PRINCESS CATHERINE: In sickness and in health.
WILLIAMS: To love and to cherish.
PRINCESS CATHERINE: To love and to cherish.
WILLIAMS: Till death us do part.
PRINCESS CATHERINE: Till death us do part.
WILLIAMS: According to God's holy law.
PRINCESS CATHERINE: According to God's holy law.
WILLIAMS: And thereto I give thee my troth.
PRINCESS CATHERINE: And thereto I give thee my troth.
WILLIAMS: With this ring, I thee wed.
PRINCE WILLIAM: With this ring, I thee wed.
WILLIAMS: With my body, I thee honor.
PRINCE WILLIAM: With my body, I thee honor.
WILLIAMS: And all my worldly goods with thee I share.
PRINCE WILLIAM: And all my worldly goods with thee I share. WILLIAMS: In the name of the Father.
PRINCE WILLIAM: In the name of the Father.
WILLIAMS: And of the son.
PRINCE WILLIAM: And of the Son.
WILLIAMS: And of the Holy Ghost.
PRINCE WILLIAM: And of the Holy Ghost.
PRINCE WILLIAM: Amen.
WILLIAMS: Those whom God has joined together, let no man put asunder. For as much as William and Catherine have consented together in holy wedlock and have witnessed the same before God and this company and thereto have given them the pledged their troth either to other and have declared the same by giving and receiving of a ring and by joining of hands, I pronounce that they be man and wife together in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
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COOPER: And that, of course, was the moment inside Westminster Abbey several hours ago. This is now the scene on the mall by the front of the Buckingham Palace. That's also the scene by the Hyde Park.
MORGAN: That's the first conger of the day, wasn't it?
CAT DEELEY, CNN WEDDING CONTRIBUTOR: The first of many, I presume.
COOPER: Here with Cat Deeley and Piers Morgan. The ceremony really was very beautiful.
And Piers, as you were talking about, really, the memory of Princess Diana was kind of interwoven throughout.
MORGAN: Very much so. I mean three or four of the pieces of music was -- music played at Charles and Diana's wedding or her funeral. The very first hymn we heard. Of course the last we heard at Diana's funeral. And that was a very rousing anthem, which reminded everybody that there was somebody missing, and that's William's mother, from this occasion.
I think for everyone here in London and Britain, there is a real sense of, we have been able to move on now from Diana's death. She died in 1997, 14 years ago. It was an awful, awful time to be in this country. And we were plunged into mourning and felt like we'd lost the biggest star we had in the British monarchy. And today I really felt this was the day the monarchy bounced back. And it was perfectly appropriate being through his oldest son getting married to his beautiful bride.
It's been a perfect day. The weather held off. It's been sunny. There's been no winds, no rain. And it is so unusual. And we've had not a thing go wrong. She got all her lines right, and in Kate Middleton, we now have a new star.
COOPER: And Cat, did it live up to all your expectations?
DEELEY: Yes, it did actually. And she, in particular, did. You know you've got to remember that William has been brought up knowing that this part of his life that (INAUDIBLE) being a little boy and then there's another part where it's kind of cheesy, and pomp and circumstance, have to take over. And she didn't have that. And yet she handled herself so brilliantly and held herself so well together.
I actually thought -- I thought she was great.
COOPER: She really has had time, which is something that Diana, Princess of Wales did not have. That Diana was from a -- you know, royal lineage and Catherine Middleton is not. Catherine has had the advantage of many years with Prince William.
MORGAN: I think this has been crucial. And I think the relationship between them, even down to the unprecedented double kiss that will come to a little later, you know, they're doing things their way. They've really thought this through. They've obviously learned from the mistakes of both their parents -- both William's parents' marriage.
And you just look at it and say, this has been a really good day. A good day for the royals. Great day for William and Kate. A day where they stamp themselves firmly on the world stage as calm, sensible, loving people who looked sensational. I mean he looked like a movie star, officer and a gentleman character, and she looked one of the most beautiful brides you could imagine.
COOPER: Yes. And her bridesmaid as well, her sister, Pippa, looked extraordinary.
COOPER: Let's go -- Becky Anderson is outside Buckingham Palace with some of the many -- hundreds of thousands of people who were in these crowds.
Becky, a remarkable day.
BECKY ANDERSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It has been an absolutely remarkable day. People are now making their way up what's called Constitutional Hill, towards Hyde Park. If you've spent any time in London, you'll recognize both of those landmarks. Buckingham Palace, of course behind me. Let me tell you what's going on there before we get to some of the crowd. The queen now hosting a canopy reception, we are told, for 600. Then really the festivities begin in earnest when Prince Charles holds a private reception for the newlyweds.
And I think Cat was mentioning earlier on we believe Prince William is organizing a survivor's breakfast with full-on bacon butties for those still going at 6:00 a.m. in the morning London Time.
These -- around me, though, are making their way home. These girls have been here some time.
When did you get here?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We got here about 10:00 last night and we pitched out on the pedestrian crossing. And it was really bumping. So we had to sleep the nights on the bumps but it was well worth it.
ANDERSON: Was it worth it?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It was completely worth it. It was absolute awesome day.
ANDERSON: What was the best part?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Personally we had the banner (INAUDIBLE). And as Prince Harry went pass, we had -- and he nodded and smiled.
ANDERSON: They got a wink from Prince Harry who's still available, of course.
Let's go over here and meet my friends from Australia who have only been here this morning. But they've taken an awful long time to actually get here.
Tell me about the journey.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Twenty-seven hours, three stopovers.
ANDERSON: You are joking?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No. No. And nine hours standing here. So we are dedicated.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're royalers. We love the royal family.
ANDERSON: Did you make it for any of the other wedding?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No, we didn't. No. No. We watched it. We had a champagne and it's different time zone of course in Australia. So it was all together different. But we loved Diana, too. ANDERSON: Yes. Was it worth it?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well worth it. Just being passed --
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We should have decided about four weeks ago that we'd come over here so it was a quick plan and here it's been well worth it. We're having a great time.
ANDERSON: You're all sisters, are you?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
ANDERSON: Good on you, girls. What a family from Australia.
Come on over here. I've got a little friend who looks like he's had just about enough, mate.
ANDERSON: Is this yours, this mattress?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't know now. We just found it. We got here last night at 1:00 in the morning. We were sitting over there and (INAUDIBLE) we started to realize the traffic.
ANDERSON: How did you enjoy it?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was very nice. Very nice. Very memorable. Happy again.
ANDERSON: A true Londoner speaking. What about you guys? Did you enjoy the day?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, it was very, very good.
ANDERSON: What about you?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I can hardly stand up.
ANDERSON: When did you get here?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Wednesday. Thursday morning. Yes.
ANDERSON: You are joking?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No. We're not.
ANDERSON: Is this your first royal wedding? UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: First royal wedding. It would have been (INAUDIBLE). Yes.
ANDERSON: And this was well worth it?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. I'm planning already for the next on how to do the jubilee next year.
ANDERSON: Good stuff. That pretty much sums up. Everybody had had the most tremendous day.
And still, behind me, the sun is coming out again. You couldn't have made it up, the forecast all week, as you know, has been for absolutely lousy weather today. But I just had an inkling that this is what would happen.
Way back to you, guys.
COOPER: Becky, thanks very much. We'll continue to check in with Becky throughout this hour. Because a lot of people are still kind of staying around here wanting to soak it up as much as they can. Some are going to Hyde Park as Becky mentioned where we have been seeing conga lines and others. Beer being passed out, which is the start of something that I'm going to run away from.
But we're going to take a short break. When we come back we will show you the other moment everyone was waiting for, besides the dress, the kiss and we got two of them actually. We'll be right back.
COOPER: And welcome back. Looking at crowds in Hyde Park where this is like the longest conga line I've ever seen. It seems it's been going on for 20 minutes. I don't know who these people are.
MORGAN: Out to party.
MORGAN: Like they've never partied before.
COOPER: Atika Shubert is standing by in east London where there is another street party going on.
Atika, what's the mood there?
ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Anderson. You may have had the best view here but I think we're actually having more fun at this street party in east London. It's just filled to the rim. There are thousands of people here.
And if you can imagine, this scene is being repeated at about 5,000 other street parties happening across the city. They watched everything of the wedding on the screen over there. There were lots of oohs and aahs. When the kiss has happened. The vows.
Everybody is dressed up in red, white and blue. Their best hats there. People here with sparkling tiaras, wedding dresses and masks of Kate and William. So it's just been a whole lot of fun.
And this is actually something of a traditional British street party. There is a long table. There is bunting, there's lots of cupcakes, icing on it.
So really, Anderson, it's just been a whole lot of fun here. And this is going to continue all through the night. And again, these are scenes repeated not just across the city of London but throughout the country. So lots of celebrations all around -- Anderson.
COOPER: All right, Atika, thanks very much.
We are joined by Vassi Chamberlain, the "Vogue" contributing editor as well as Ozwald Boateng (ph), fashion designer.
In terms of fashion, let's talk about that dress, we really haven't kind of talked about it in great deal. She is actually going to have several changes today of outfits.
VASSI CHAMBERLAIN, "BRITISH VOGUE": Yes, that is a very traditional thing that goes on in the U.K., which is called the going- away outfit, when the bride leaves her reception and throws her bouquet. So I think there will be --
COOPER: She is not going to throw the bouquet, because that's not the tradition for a royal wedding.
CHAMBERLAIN: Not for a royal wedding, but that would be -- when you wear you're going-away outfit. But I think what she will do is she will change perhaps into a different designer. It could be Alice Temperley, I'm not sure, and then tonight, she might well wear something different.
MORGAN: I am sure she will. There will be dancing tonight.
COOPER: Tonight, the party is still in Buckingham Palace where still about 600 people have gathered. Tonight, it will be about 300 people at a party given by Prince Charles.
What -- in terms of what William was wearing, what Harry was wearing, I mean, in their uniforms, they looked smashing.
OZWALD BOATENG, FASHION DESIGNER: Fantastic, I have to say. And the choice of military dress, of course, it seemed like it was always -- William was always was going to wear military, but he looked sensational. The cut of that jacket and the color --
MORGAN: He was wearing the red uniform of the Irish Guards, he's an honorary colonel. He not actually a member of the Irish Guards, but as an honorary colonel, he gets to wear the uniform. And then he had the array of helicopter wings, which is actually what he does do in the armed forces, fly helicopters, on his left breast.
So he looked absolutely magnificent, I thought, as a member of the armed forces in Britain on his wedding day, really, couldn't be better.
DEELEY: I know (INAUDIBLE) was a very popular choice among the fashion industry. Do you think the dress was dramatic enough, because, you know, in comparison to Diana's 25-foot train and before that, the biggest train was 23, this was just over ten foot.
CHAMBERLAIN: I think it was more dramatic than Diana's, because I think, when Diana walked out, everyone had a gasp, because it was very creased and it was quite fussy, while this one was pure elegance. I think that in the history of wedding dresses, this will go down as one of the most beautiful.
MORGAN: She looked very like, I thought, Grace Kelly when she got married to the crown prince of Monaco, Prince Rainier. When you compare the two dresses, quite sleek, slim line, not a huge train. I thought it was so elegant and quite understated.
I think if they went to another huge -- as you had put it, Anderson -- meringue outfit, it wouldn't have worked in the modern climate. You know, this is a family who realized less is more, actually. And today, they really got it right.
COOPER: The Remarkable designer Vera Wang also is joining us from New York.
Do you think that Catherine Middleton was trying to send a message with that dress, Vera?
VERA WANG, DESIGNER: I think definitely, Anderson, everyone, Piers, all of you over there; hi.
I think she was sending a real message that she is her own person, that she wanted to look like a future queen, she wanted to have dignity and she wanted to have class and she wanted to be subtle.
And I think it is her beauty that came through and I think that Sarah Burton interpreted that perfectly. I can't imagine a better dress for her.
And I get stuck a little bit on the veil because a veil can make or break a dress. That particular veil and the way it fell away from her face and the blusher in front prior to the ceremony created just right aura of mystery but also just the right aura of elegance. And I think that blend was kind of intoxicating today.
COOPER: Vera, you were talking earlier about how difficult a veil is to cut. What can be so difficult?
WANG: Well, I think most people don't focus that much on a veil. I think it's sort of an afterthought after the dress. The veil and bouquet sort of get lumped in there at the very end of a bridal process.
And I think that dress was conceived of, I'm sure, with that veil, is what makes it really unique. It wasn't gathered. It wasn't poofed, it wasn't five layer. It wasn't all different lengths trailing down the back. It wasn't trimmed or decorated or the many of myriads of things you can do with a veil.
It was incredible in its simplicity particularly after the blusher was lifted back. It just framed her face and her silhouette so beautifully. I mean, I was so impressed. Really it's quite rare to pick a veil of that kind of simplicity and it went so perfectly on her face and on that incredible dress.
COOPER: And, Vassi, in terms of business for the House of Alexander McQueen, this is obviously a huge boon to business.
CHAMBERLAIN: I think there will be no doubt what is going to happen to that house. I think it will be the aspirational dress. And I think people will go there -- I mean, it has a very great heritage anyway. It was a fashion house that people, you know, that anyone that had any money, went to. A very clever one as well.
MORGAN: To give you some idea of the commercial benefits, we had David Reece on my show earlier this week, who was the guy who found out by getting text messages from friends, Kate is wearing one of your dresses at the engagement announcement, the interview that came out. And he said, over the next few days, every single minute, they sold another one of those dresses on the Internet.
That's the power of Kate Middleton as a global fashion icon now. I think it is going to be for Sarah Burton and Alexander McQueen, everyone associated with her, it is going to be gold dust.
BOATENG: The other thing is, you have to realize that McQueen is not here as well and it is a great legacy for him and the brand. And there was always a little nervousness about his departure and what would happen to the brand.
MORGAN: She wore McQueen's shoes as well apparently.
MORGAN: The shoes were also Alexander McQueen.
DEELEY: And the tiara used to belong to the Queen Mother.
MORGAN: Well, the tiara was a great story, actually, and we should remind people, because everybody thought it might be George the III's famous tiara that the Queen and Queen Mother wore on their wedding days. Actually, I think for an American audience, it was a tiara made by Cartier in the '30s and it was bought by King George the VIth, who was the "King's Speech" stammering king for his bride. And the Queen was given it by her mother and she gave it to Kate today.
COOPER: That still photo of one of the kisses. In case you missed it, there were two kisses and we'll show them both to you after a short break. We will be right back.
COOPER: And you're looking at Hyde Park, I believe that view is, many of the hundreds of thousands of people who are wanting to make a celebration of this day. And the wedding may be over but the party has just begun in places all over London. There are conga lines, you are seeing some different view.
We are joined by Russell Kashket. He fitted Prince William for his wedding outfit this morning. He was invited to the reception -- he's not going to the reception, he was at the wedding. He's chairman of Kashket & Partners and personally fitted William and Harry as well, and created and manufactured for all the Irish Guards in attendance.
Why are aren't you going to the reception?
RUSSELL KASHKET, KASHKET & PARTNERS: Cause I am sitting here with you.
COOPER: Thank you very much.
MORGAN: By the way, that was a party outside number 10 Downing Street. Quite surreal scene.
COOPER: So were you pleased? They looked, Harry and William looked extraordinary. Were you pleased?
KASHKET: They looked good. Kate looked great as well.
COOPER: Those outfits were cute.
KASHKET: They were cute.
COOPER: Those were especially made for the pages, right?
MORGAN: This is really weird. This is outside number 10. Who are these people celebrating there? A day of new firsts.
DEELEY: Can you give us any insider gossip? Was he nervous when he came to the fittings?
COOPER: Or did you come to him for fittings?
KASHKET: Of course.
BOATENG: How long did it take to make the suit? The jacket and the trousers?
KASHKET: He had a few suits but all and all, it took about nine or ten weeks.
MORGAN: Did you know what dress she was going to be wearing?
MORGAN: How many knew, do you think? It was kept such a secret.
KASHKET: Don't know.
COOPER: You do it for all the Irish Guards at the wedding.
KASHKET: We do all the guards, the five guards (INAUDIBLE) king's troop.
MORGAN: Amazing job.
DEELEY: Personally, the top hat, I have to try it on.
COOPER: Now that's a real top hat.
DEELEY: Proper, proper, proper.
DEELEY: Hey, hey. I think it is kind of dapper, right?
COOPER: Have you been to a royal wedding before?
COOPER: No. So what was it like? What surprised you most?
KASHKET: Well, It was what I thought it would be, spot on.
COOPER: Spot on. It was flawless.
KASHKET: It was absolutely spot on.
MORGAN: What do you think it says about Britain, this kind of day?
KASHKET: It actually shows everyone, this is what we are good at. We are, but we just don't flaunt it enough.
MORGAN: You don't think so?
MORGAN: You think we talk ourselves down too much?
KASHKET: Oh, definitely. Also, with, you sir as well, with the clothing, I think we are the best. Without a doubt. MORGAN: Victoria Beckham as well wearing a stunning outfit, I thought, today. And I thought all of the ladies all dressed mainly in British designer clothes. It is an amazing flagship statement for the British fashion industry. There's Victoria with David Beckham wearing his rugby medal.
DEELEY: He never wore his top hat, though.
MORGAN: And also, am I wrong about this, but shouldn't his medal be on the other side? Isn't that traditional?
KASHKET: Yes. It should be on the other side.
DEELEY: You were right.
COOPER: Let's check in with Becky Anderson who is down in the crowd talking to the folks who are still assembled -- Becky.
BECKY ANDERSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, I thought everybody would have gone by now. They are still hanging around.
What are you waiting for?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE It's atmosphere, isn't it? It is a party. You have to stay as long as you can.
ANDERSON: Tell us about the gift.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is a flag dress. It costs four pounds, six dollars. It is made from two union flags from the supermarket, 1950s style.
ANDERSON: Look at the hat. That's marvelous.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: All in one day.
ANDERSON: What about you guys, did you enjoy the day?
ANDERSON: What was the best part apart from the fact it didn't rain?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All of it was great.
ANDERSON: It wasn't long enough the first time. Didn't you feel short-changed.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A little bit. They did only kiss -- but it was amazing.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Just being amongst the crowd, it was electric.
ANDERSON: Who is that behind -- behind this mask I see?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hello. How are you today? Did you enjoy yourselves?
ANDERSON: This is fabulous. Well, I have got some friends here from -- is it Nashville, Tennessee?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Nashville, Tennessee.
ANDERSON: You saw Princess Kate this morning. What did you think of her?
UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: She was really pretty.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She was beautiful. It was worth the trip.
ANDERSON: You came over for the trip?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: To show her, yes.
ANDERSON: I want you to meet one little fellow. He is three months old. He is Sudanese. They are living in England. And sometimes he'll give you a smile.
Hello, little one. Hello.
We are not going to get it this time. We got a kiss, a little pucker of the lips.
So everybody still around. The atmosphere is still fabulous, not quite as electric as it was down here. If they wait around, they might get a chance to see them leave. We are told that might happen in 40 minutes time. Who knows?
COOPER: We are going to take a short break. Our coverage continues. Stay with us.
COOPER: And welcome back.
I just want to show you some of the celebrities who we've seen over the last couple of hours who are in Westminster Abbey. Folks that are used to getting top billing anywhere they go. But, today, they were, well, simply faces in the crowd, very recognizable faces -- but faces nonetheless.
Of course, there was Sir Elton John, his partner, David Furnish. They appeared at the Westminster Abbey. Obviously, Sir Elton John had performed in the funeral for Princess Diana, singing "Candle of the Wind" in Westminster back in 1997.
Guy Ritchie was also there, who was married to Madonna and who directed the 1990s hit movie "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," as well as many other films.
And, of course, David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, we've mentioned them already. They were there. Prince William is president of the English Football Association. He met David Beckham at last year's World Cup in South Africa and they both led the effort to bring the World Cup to England in 2018.
We wanted to point out to the U.S. audience, Ms. Tara Palmer- Tomkinson, former party girl but a socialite and sometimes TV star. I'm sure everyone was fascinated by her.
MORGAN: The great thing about her is she's got a new nose for the wedding. There it is, because of a sustained drug problem, her old nose fell apart.
COOPER: How do you know this?
MORGAN: Because I know her.
COOPER: Wait, she is a friend of yours?
MORGAN: She is a friend of mine and she has openly talked about it. She has reconstructive surgery.
MORGAN: You know if you touch it, it was a new one.
COOPER: She is wearing a beautiful dress.
MORGAN: I got great, breaking news here, which is what they are eating right now at the wedding breakfast. I got the menu.
COOPER: About 600 or so people in Buckingham Palace.
MORGAN: In there right now, hosted by the queen, Cornish crab salad. We have roulade of goat's cheese. We have Scottish smoked salmon rose on beetroot blini, poached asparagus spears, and quail's eggs. That's just for starters.
COOPER: By the way, we are picking over Snickers bars and Mars bars.
MORGAN: We also got details of the wedding cake, which is a wedding cake and a chocolate biscuit cake. The wedding cake is designed by Fiona Cairns, made from 17 individual fruitcakes, 12 of which formed a base. It has eight tiers, decorated with creme and white icing using whatever this is, Joseph Lambert technique, with 900 individually iced flowers.
DEELEY: The chocolate biscuit cake is his favorite, right? So when you are a prince -- COOPER: It's a specially requested.
DEELEY: Yes. When you're a prince, you can actually get that.
COOPER: So, you can have a fancy cake. But he wanted the chocolate biscuit cake.
MORGAN: And they are drinking fabulous wine and champagne. What are we doing in here, Anderson? We are in the wrong building?
DEELEY: It's terrible.
MORGAN: Yes. Well --
COOPER: Diet Coke and snickers it is.
We got to take a short break, but we'll be right back.
COOPER: And there is the picture of one of the kisses. There were actually two kisses. The crowd was not quite pleased I think with the first kiss.
MORGAN: The crowd actually began -- after the first one, they thought that's not good enough. They began chanting, give her another kiss. Unbelievably, he did. This is an unprecedented scene.
DEELEY: Yes, he sweet talked her into it. He kind of blushed a bit.
MORGAN: And the second one was longer and slightly more passionate. So, the public got what they wanted. It's real people power.
DEELEY: I liked it.
COOPER: The party is still going on inside Buckingham Palace at this hour. And, again, there will be another party later tonight. I guess they'll take a short break in between, maybe take a nap or something.
MORGAN: Just to relax and think about the day and they're all going to get changed. Apparently, William has already changed once. He is in some huge
(CROSSTALK) MORGAN: Tassels and everything. And then, this evening, it's Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton party time. With a combination of those two, anything could happen. There are apparently giant disco balls in the palace.
COOPER: It's the first time that there were disco balls.
MORGAN: It's never been allowed before.
COOPER: I heard the queen mother used to, you know, back in the '70s.
DEELEY: Back in her day. And Prince Harry is doing bacon butties in the morning, for those that have gone through the night.
COOPER: I'm intrigued. Is a buddy a sandwich?
MORGAN: A butty is a sandwich.
COOPER: How do you
COOPER: OK. That's the one. Bacon sandwich.
MORGAN: Bacon and bread.
DEELEY: You also have ketchup.
MORGAN: Ketchup or mustard.
COOPER: Wow. It sounds like the kind of thing that at 5:00 p.m., after a long night. It's good.
DEELEY: It's great.
COOPER: Becky Anderson is down with the crowds outside Buckingham Palace.
You can see there are still several thousand people or so who are still king of lining the outer rim of the circle around Buckingham Palace -- Becky.
ANDERSON: There, they are. Absolutely. And look who I found.
Guys, what are your names?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jessica.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hugh (ph).
ANDERSON: Who have come with?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, I actually came to find myself a girlfriend. I'm a prince looking for a princess.
ANDERSON: And you are?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: His sister, before you guys make us kiss, like everybody else does.
ANDERSON: Listen, your dress is absolutely fantastic. What do you think of hers?
COOPER: Hers is fantastic. She is probably regretting not getting this number from a charity shop.
ANDERSON: Not the (INAUDIBLE) obviously.
And let's move around, guys. Did you enjoy the day?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, I did.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Fantastic. It was lovely to see the whole family.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Awesome.
ANDERSON: And you guys?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, very good.
ANDERSON: Where are you from?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Greece.
ANDERSON: Did you come all the way for today?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Actually, I live here.
ANDERSON: It would have been a much better story if you said yes to me. But don't worry about that.
It's been absolutely fantastic. You are from Jamaica, sir?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, I'm from Jamaica and I live in England. Yes, I come to represent the king. Lovely.
ANDERSON: He will be absolutely delighted to hear that. Are these your mates?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No.
ANDERSON: You enjoyed the day, did you?
ANDERSON: Zimbabwe. It has been a fantastic day. They are the crowds thinning out. But at this stage, I can see some people being here for some time.
There's debris all over the place. So, the royal park cleaners are going to have a real job on their hands. I don't suppose they mind about that for a moment. It has been a superb day.
Back to you.
COOPER: Beck, we just got an estimate from the metropolitan police, a crowd estimate just along the route, 1 million people. That's what I have been told.
MORGAN: In that case --
COOPER: It seems like an awful lot for just along the route.
MORGAN: Well, you can double it in that case because all the parks were full. There were 300,000, 400,000. You got 2 million people on the streets here just around the palace.
COOPER: We try to just get -- I just want to get some confirmation on that, 1 million figure, because it does sound like an awful lot.
MORGAN: It's a long Mall. And I guess it is around 1 million when I saw how far deep they were going and how big it is here. It was the biggest turnout I have seen for any event here -- certainly since Princess Diana's wedding and it may be bigger than that.
COOPER: And there was this remarkable moment when the service in Westminster Abbey was finished. And then the crowds were -- and the royal family was back in Buckingham Palace. The crowds were slowly allowed to fill in inch by inch. There were hundreds of thousands of people waiting to see the kiss.
We want to show you -- there are actually two kisses. For the first kiss, if we can, I want to show you that. That didn't quite satisfy the crowd.
(VIDEO CLIP PLAYS)
MORGAN: That was pretty good kiss.
COOPER: And now, the second kiss.
DEELEY: Oh, much better.
COOPER: Then, there was the fly-by. If we can, let's start to watch the kisses side by side, just to give a sense.
(VIDEO CLIP PLAYS)
COOPER: There we go.
MORGAN: The first one was more passionate.
COOPER: Atika Shubert is standing by at a party in east London. Atika, was the crowd where you are watching both those kisses as much as everybody here at Buckingham Palace was?
SHUBERT: Yes. They have been watching all of this, actually. And as you can see, dressed up in their best red, white, and blue, Anderson.
And we have Oren here. We were just stunned by his outfit. We were discussing it, not custom-made, as it turns out. But this is the -- what you got to wear for the royal wedding street party, am I right?
So, everybody has been taking in the fun here. They have been watching it on a big screen. They saw the kids. You know, they cheered when they heard the vows, when she saw the planes fly over. It's like everybody is really a part of the wedding, except none of that pomp and circumstance over here. It's just a whole lot of fun, Anderson.
COOPER: It certainly is.
Our coverage continues. We are going to take another quick break. We'll be right back.
COOPER: And welcome back. I keep thinking that's "take me out to the ball game." What is that -- isn't that what it sounds like? This is I don't know why -- odd music.
MORGAN: They won't do that here Anderson.
COOPER: No, I know. Look at this -- this occurred earlier once the royal family was back at Buckingham Palace. The crowd who -- who previously was all along the parade route was allowed very slowly and very orderly led by British police, by bobbies, to get up to the gates at Buckingham Palace. Just a sea of people really gives you a sense of -- of the crowds along the parade route which are estimated by the metropolitan police at this point to have been one million strong.
MORGAN: Quite incredible turnout; a million down The Mall, it would be double that in the parks. And right now, they'll all be heading to get one of these Anderson. Because I thought that you're probably missing from your miserable, lonely existence. That is your first ever bacon butty. On behalf of the Brits here around you.
COOPER: Thank you.
MORGAN: An official bacon butty.
COOPER: Wow. Wow.
MORGAN: There it is.
MORGAN: All in front of a bacon.
COOPER: That is a depressing sight. I've got to tell you. It does sort of meet my expectations for produced cuisine. I don't say but -- I don't know if you can get a -- that's really what a bacon butty is?
MORGAN: Roughly. Well, you have been down my apartment tonight. I have 15 pints of bitter, you'll love one of those.
DEELEY: That tastes delicious.
COOPER: This is seriously like the most depressing meal I have ever seen. This is even, and I like McDonald's, I like, I like things that look like this. But this is just --
MORGAN: Come back to me at 3:00 a.m. you'll love it.
DEELEY: Hey, seriously --
COOPER: It is not even bacon. It is a hunk of pork and half of it is -- half of it is fat.
MORGAN: Treat yourself, Anderson.
DEELEY: Take just a bite. Come on.
MORGAN: Take a bite.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There you go.
MORGAN: A momentous day reaches a thrilling climax.
DEELEY: He's done -- he's done some hard reporting in his time. But that just about takes the biscuit, right?
DEELEY: Can you talk or do you have to --
MORGAN: I think we're going to take over for poor Anderson now. OK, we're going to go to Kiran Chetry she's in Hyde Park, because Anderson has his mouthful of a bacon butty -- Kiran.
KIRAN CHETRY, CNN ANCHOR: Probably one of the only places they are having more fun than you guys, Hyde Park. The party has continued. And let me say this. It started off, it was a little bit cold this morning, kind of cold out here. And the crowds were slowly trickling in. Forget it, by 7:00 local time, this place was packed. Then, the sun decided to come out, drinks flowing freely. And everybody now is in just full-scale party mode. And in fact, we almost need some heightened security around our camera shots.
But hey, I would like you to meet this lovely couple that -- that we met and found out here. This is Quaug (ph) and Emma, come talk to us. You guys have been together for six years.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right.
CHETRY: You look beautiful this morning. I am speaking with Emma here. You look beautiful. But I see that she's made these beautiful puffy sleeves out of dinner napkins.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
CHETRY: Quite creative.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. We just -- we had them for a picnic. We come out and we've been in drinks obviously, so just thought I would dress up a bit.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
CHETRY: But did you come out just to make your girlfriend happy or is this something you were very excited about as well?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think this is really something we have all been excited for the whole half year since they proposed. So definitely -- definitely, I mean, it's great, it is a great place to be.
CHETRY: You two are young people. And do you care more about all of this because Will and Kate are about our age, 28 years old, give or take a few years?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. I think we can associate with them just because they have been through university, et cetera, just like we have. So yes, I think we feel a real closeness to them. So we are really excited for them today.
CHETRY: And what about today? I thought it went off without a hitch, pretty impressive.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, it's amazing. I mean the timing was great. I mean, we just arrived at 10:00. We saw the boys go in the church. And everything was just pitch perfect, very, very, very well done. So yes.
CHETRY: Yes, I didn't see a single thing go wrong. And actually, this whole place was pretty orderly too given how much I've seen people drink.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, I've been trying to keep it on a low key now. But I'm hoping to have a few more drinks later on with some friends and just to have a good time.
CHETRY: Well, I -- I hope you do. I know you guys are looking forward to a four-day holiday like everyone else in the country. Have a blast and congratulations to you. Have a wonderful day.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right, thank you very much.
CHETRY: So yes, people are having a really fun time here. And I know you guys have mentioned this a few times, but so today is a holiday, Monday is a holiday, and certainly the atmosphere here is just, hey, I don't have anything to worry about for a few days. It's a huge national occasion. Why not party.
I'm here in Hyde Park, Kiran Chetry. Back to you guys.
DEELEY: Walking like a duck.
COOPER: There was someone walking like an Egyptian behind you. Not an actual Egyptian but like -- like a Bangle.
We're going to take a quick break and we're right back with the behind the scenes look at the wedding.
MORGAN: And you're rejoining us from outside of Buckingham Palace and the crowds are beginning thin out now. But we've been joined by Paddy Harverson, the communication director for Clarence House, very close to William and to Kate. What a perfect day, Paddy.
PADDY HARVERSON, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, CLARENCE HOUSE: Yes, we're thrilled. It's been absolutely wonderful. I was looking at the Westminster Abbey and it's been quite emotional for those of us who have known them for a long time. But it was a beautiful ceremony, the music, the prayer -- they prayer they wrote for themselves. It was just wonderful and to see it all go so smoothly and to see that confidence.
HARVERSON: And the happiness has just been a treat.
MORGAN: And much the spirit of Diana was there and the music that was chosen, and we felt her presence. Was that a deliberate concept by the couple?
HARVERSON: Yes. William said it himself. He said that you know, that she's never far from his thoughts, I mean everyday and then for Harry. And so, yes, absolutely.
But I also want to say Catherine, this is her day. She's the bride. He again, has said it's really about Catherine. I think it's just been wonderful to see the two of them and for her to really sort of emerge so beautifully into the limelight.
COOPER: Was there one moment you were most worried about? I mean everything went -- it seemed to go flawlessly. Was there a particular moment you were most concerned about?
HARVERSON: No, actually. But that's a good question. But when I think about it, I think it's just the whole thing hanging together. I mean if you think about how it's done to the absolute second with all the carriages and the horses and the music and the entry to the abbey. So I never had one thought that anything in particular would go wrong.
You just wanted it all to flow.
COOPER: How did you keep the dress secret?
HARVERSON: With the tower -- it's about 30 feet tall. As we speak, locked in the tower. People just honored the request that she had, that she wanted her husband to be to see the dress for the first time.
MORGAN: How many kisses were planned?
DEELEY: I was just going to ask that? I was like -- did they plan that beforehand?
HARVERSON: No. I mean, he said he didn't tell us. It's the one thing -- everything else had been planned to the minute. But the balcony scene always is left to them to decide and so that was entirely natural.
MORGAN: Paddy, Paddy, what's going to happen now. They have been dropping hints that there's more to come, more action.
HARVERSON: I was just going to say, they are having the reception -- lunchtime reception and then the bride and groom will leave Buckingham Palace and go back to the Clarence House to have a little bit of break before going back to the dinner. And I think there might be something fun about that. So you'll have to wait and see.
MORGAN: So a little surprise coming maybe.
COOPER: What time do you think that will be?
HARVERSON: Sometime after 3:00 p.m. I'm not exactly sure because the plans -- you know what parties are like. You never quite --
COOPER: It's five to 3:00 right now so anytime in the next hour or two?
HARVERSON: Yes, you just have to be -- exactly.
MORGAN: And in terms of honeymoon, any clues as to where the couple are going?
HARVERSON: I would end up in the tower myself if I said it. They want it to be private. Just ask yourself this -- and how many of us are married around the table -- would you want your honeymoon to be interrupted by the world's media? Answer: no. So we would ask people to respect their privacy.
MORGAN: How did you feel -- just for me, I was curious. We've been talking about this all day, it feels to me as a Brit who's loved the monarchy and followed them for a very long time, today signals a real resurgence of the British monarchy, almost a springboard now to the future. Would you go as far as saying that?
HARVERSON: I don't think that's really for me to say, but I can understand that people would see it that way. A monarchy is a family and a family naturally regenerates itself through blessed marriages. And of course, this marriage has been wonderful. This wedding today.
And, you know, they are 29-year-olds in the 21st century. Of course it's a new generation. It's a new outlook. And so in a way, it happened so beautifully naturally. That's what is so wonderful about it. It has not been created. It's not some sort of PR (INAUDIBLE). This is just the way it finally evolved.
COOPER: And Catherine really has had a long time to understand what she's getting into.
HARVERSON: Yes absolutely. And I've known them both for seven years and in that time, you know, they've conducted their relationship with enormous discretion and they have maintained their privacy. And he said it himself musingly in the interview at the engagement which is he wanted to give her enough time to back out.
But I think the serious point was there. There's enough time to sort of be prepared for what it entails to take on, becoming a member of the royal family and the wife of Prince William.
COOPER: Do you get to take a vacation after this?
DEELEY: One of the things that we've been saying all day is just how confident and how composed Catherine is.
HARVERSON: It's been remarkable. All week, I've seen them all week, how relaxed they've been and how much fun they've obviously been having. And that's quite something. They've got a lot of inner strength and they draw a lot of strength from each other, the strength of their relationship. And I think that's comes out particularly today, you've seen that. They were just wonderful together.
COOPER: Paddy, thank you so much for being with us.
DEELEY: Thank you. It was amazing.
MORGAN: Professionally done.
COOPER: Really. Really. Job well done.
And to Cat Deeley, for joining us in our coverage, thank you; and Piers Morgan as well. And (INAUDIBLE) thank you so much.
MORGAN: And a special two-hour edition of "PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT" tonight between 8:00 and 10:00 Eastern. We'll have a wrap-up of the whole thing; all the highlights, all the fun.
And the three of us clowning around.
COOPER: And a special edition of 360 right at 10:00 p.m. Eastern wrapping up the full day's events as well. So thank you very much for our coverage. Our coverage, of course, on CNN continues. There's a lot more ahead, as you heard from Paddy.
There may be a surprise happening next hour or two. We're going to be watching outside Buckingham Palace. We'll be right back.