More than 2 billion people around the world tuned in to watch the royal wedding as it unfolded, from the arrival of the first guests to the two kisses on the balcony.

Journalist and personal friend of William, Tom Bradby, scored an invitation and witnessed the world-famous nuptials in person. He says the affair—which included 1,900 guests—felt very intimate. "Westminster Abbey's quite interesting," he says. "It looks very big, but actually it's got a sort of small section at the front where all their close friends and family were. So I think they looked very happy."

Despite being a grand ceremony, Tom says the atmosphere was comfortable inside Westminster Abbey. "When Kate arrived, you sort of heard the echo of the crowd, and then the doors shut and everything was hushed," he says. "I always get a bit emotional at weddings because at the end of the day, despite all the pomp and splendor, it is just about the two of them, and I think everyone here really wants it to work for them, so there was a really quite emotional sense as she came down the aisle."


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