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Crowds gather in East Midlands for Royal celebrations

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Media captionA Spitfire, Lancaster and a Hurricane from RAF Coningsby performed a flypast at Buckingham Palace

Thousands of revellers across the East Midlands have celebrated the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The ceremony was shown live on screens in Leicester, Derby and Mansfield, and was followed by hundreds of street parties across the region.

In Nottinghamshire, more than 70 roads were closed for festivities.

After the wedding, seven aircraft from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire performed a flypast at Buckingham Palace.

A Spitfire, a Hurricane and a Lancaster assumed a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight formation, followed by two Tornado jets and two Typhoons.

The BBMF formation then headed back to Lincolnshire for a flypast over a 200-strong street party in Bolingbroke.

Elsewhere in Lincolnshire, 41 official street parties have been taking place, including an event attended by 2,000 people at Belton House near Grantham.

In Leicester, a crowd gathered to watch the royal wedding on the big screen at Humberstone Gate.

Among those present were Jennifer Hopkins, 43, and her 10-year-old son William, from Braunstone Frith.

Ms Hopkins said: "I love all the costumes, it's gorgeous. Even though it's a bit cold it doesn't matter - it's their special day."

In Derby's Market Place, which was decorated with bunting and trestle tables decked out in red, white and blue, about 1,000 people watched the nuptials take place.

Castle fireworks

A loud cheer went up from the crowd as the bride and groom both said "I will".

Geoffrey Sergeant, 58, a builder from Derby, said: "It's a lovely ceremony and definitely something I wanted to watch. It's good to be here to see it with everyone."

At Newark Castle in Nottinghamshire, women were invited to dust off their wedding dresses and "walk up the aisle for a second time", while parties have been taking place in Beeston and Woodborough and other communities across the county.

Nottingham City Council also confirmed there would be fireworks over the castle at 2130 BST.

The royal couple's wedding cake, designed by Leicestershire businesswoman Fiona Cairns, was unveiled at the reception at Buckingham Palace.

The confectionery masterpiece is covered in cream and white icing and decorated with up to 900 delicate sugar-paste flowers.

Speaking after she had put the final touches to the tiers, Ms Cairns said: "The hardest part was transporting the cakes from Leicestershire to the palace - we were worried they would get damaged - then we had to assemble them.

"It was tough work but I really enjoyed it. It's been an extraordinary commission."