In a carriage fit for a queen or a newly minted duchess, leaves Westminster Abbey with her in a 109-year-old State Landau carriage. Originally crafted in 1902 for King Edward VII, the open-air coach also carried the groom’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, to Buckingham Palace after their 1981 nuptials.
Making her grand debut earlier that morning, the bride-to-be and her father arrive from the Goring Hotel in a burgundy-and-black Rolls-Royce Phantom VI instead of a customary carriage. “Catherine opted for a slightly lower-key arrival,” a palace source told PEOPLE.
The newlyweds drive out of Buckingham Palace in an Aston Martin convertible to mingle with their well-wishers following their history-making kiss. The vintage car featured a license plate that read “JU5T WED” and a red “L” on the front, short for “learner’s permit.”
After a late night of celebration, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge make their way across the grounds of Buckingham Palace on April 30, ready to take off as newlyweds to an unannounced weekend destination in the U.K. Bon voyage!
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