WEDDING WATCH: A kiss on the palace balcony

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The bride and groom smiled and waved to cheering crowds as they rode through London’s streets to Buckingham Palace. Kate tried out her wave _ a neat flick of the wrist with straight fingers, observed AP’s Meera Selva _ and Prince William saluted as he passed troops lining the route.

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12:28 p.m.

“It’s such a shame and so poignant that (Diana) missed out on her boy’s big day.” That’s the latest from royals expert Jennie Bond.

“I think William deliberately included his mother in the day with the music,” the AP consultant said, pointing out that the initial hymn was also played at Princess Diana’s funeral.

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12:20 p.m.

A couple of recent, rapid-fire tweets from AP’s Fergus Bell (fergb on Twitter), who’s among revelers in London:

_ I would say there is a reasonable amount of bubbly being drunk in the crowd here at Trafalgar Square.

_ Harry getting louder cheers than William!

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12:16 p.m.

As Kate and William ride around town in their carriage as husband and wife, AP’s Hasan Dudar in Indianapolis has caught up with Jen Barnette, who’s having her friends over for a “Kate-tail” party and sleepover.

The living room was set up as if for a wedding, with rows of chairs _ lined up in front of the TV _ and a runner-lined aisle. The guests wore Wills and Kate T-shirts.

“I made mock invitations that look just like the royal invites,” Barnette said. “They all get a copy-Kate ring.”

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