- Associated Press - Friday, April 29, 2011

LONDON (AP) - Voices from across the nation as William and Kate wed in Westminster Abbey:

“Of course I shed a few tears. I love Will and I think he’s going to make a fabulous king.” _ Theresa Jones, 60, standing outside Buckingham Palace.

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“It’s every little girl’s dream. She’s so lucky! She looks so gorgeous, her dress and everything. And she had such a beautiful smile.” _ Fahima Chowdhury, 19.

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“It’s a chance to celebrate what is good about this country: our history and culture, the skills and abilities of our armed forces. And also the fact that we love a good party.” _ Matt Dennison, 23.

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“In the business of each day keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy. Strengthened by our union, help us to serve and comfort those who suffer.” _ Prayer composed for the wedding by the bride and groom.

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“She smiles so naturally that everybody melts.” _ Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council, on the bride.

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“We’re supposed to have just a small family affair.” _ Prince William to bride’s father, Michael Middleton, according to a lip reader.

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“The carriage looked amazing.” _ Judy Rigby, 72, from Glasgow, who fainted during the ceremony but recovered in time to see the couple leaving Westminster Abbey.

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“I brought two (Union Jack) flags just for my two boys, but I found myself waving one as well. … I am both Indian and British. I take pride in both.” _ Shampa Kelly, 47.

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“The way they looked at each other, the way they were smiling, the way they were looking as if they were enjoying the event, that was the best part for me.” _ Squadron Leader Spike Wright, William’s commanding officer in the Royal Air Force.

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“The first one wasn’t very good. But the second one made up for it.” _ Julie Evans, 54, on the couple’s kisses on the palace balcony.

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“As individuals, I don’t really care about the royal family. We believe in a republic where people are elected, not some unelected monarchy.” _ Gerry Corbett, attending a protest outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

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“I think we have all paid for it so we might as well enjoy it.” Hannah Thomas, 29, at a street party in Manchester.

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“Kate wearing her hair as she has is the death of the straightening iron. It’s all about a girl’s best friend: the heated roller.” _ Celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton.

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