Royal wedding: Devon celebrates

Well-wishers around Devon have been celebrating the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Towns and villages across the county held street parties, with hundreds watching the wedding at the Big Screen in the Piazza at Plymouth.

More than 10 Devon couples got married on Friday and others renewed their wedding vows.

Hundreds of people had gathered at Plymouth Piazza by 0900 BST, sitting at picnic tables and in camping chairs.

Gavin Sheppard and Debbie Kay, owners of the Devonshire Tea Company, were the first on the scene providing early risers with a cuppa.

Ms Kay said the ceremony and trappings showed that the couple had been allowed to design their own day.

"It was lovely they were allowed to make a lot of their own choices," she said.

"One man came to our stand saying 'there will be a run on garden centres this summer, everyone will want trees in church for their own wedding now'."

Huge cheer

Sue Lydon, 67, came from Kingsbridge to watch the ceremony and sample the atmosphere.

"Doesn't William look handsome?" she said.

"His mother would be very proud of him. They will both (William and Prince Harry) be thinking of their mother today."

A huge cheer went up as Prince William and Prince Harry arrived at the abbey, echoed when the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrived.

But the biggest cheer was when Kate Middleton got out of the Rolls-Royce to enter the abbey, echoed when the couple left as husband and wife.

Beryl Edmonds, 70, said: "Her dress looks to me like the one the Queen wore when she got married, the top part anyway. She looks very nice."

Friends Louise Mayer, 22, Dean Marshall, 23 and Jonathan Betts, 24, came down to watch "history" happen, but were split over the wedding ceremony.

"It's the best wedding you could ever have, in front of all those people," Mr Betts said.

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