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“I would love it if they just poked their heads out or something,” said Denise Aquart, 17, of Hitchin, a town north of London, who was standing with her face pressed against the bars.

If she had been hoping to see Prince William and Catherine - now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - she was out of luck. The couple was spending the weekend in an “undisclosed location” within Britain. They have postponed their honeymoon because Prince William returns to duty asa pilotnext week.

“I want to see Harry,” said her friend Amy Barton, 18, also of Hitchin, who was dressed up like a fairy, with wings and liberal glitter. “I like Prince Harry.”

They and their friend Leila Ward, 17, of London had wanted to be in the city for the wedding but couldn’t make it.

The Mall, part of the royal wedding route that runs from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square, was teeming with tourists but surprisingly free of rubbish only 24 hours after a million people descended on it to watch the procession.

The 130 members of Westminster Council’s cleaning staff had removed 140 tons of garbage over the holiday weekend. Before the wedding, street cleaners had worked through the night to polish up statues, streets and walkways for its visitors and the royal family.

“Westminster plays host to many big events every year, but this one was a special challenge,” said Ed Argar, Westminster Council’s cabinet member for City Management. “Our staff rose to that challenge, and we are very proud of their efforts.”

A hyper-vigilant Metropolitan Police force was also busy before the wedding, clearing the streets of people suspected of plotting mischief.

The night before the wedding, police arrested anti-capitalist protestors who had planned theatrical events near the wedding route that included what they called a “Right Royal Orgy” and the beheading of an effigy of Prince Andrew. Police charged them with “conspiracy to cause a public nuisance.”

Activists have criticized the police for needlessly quashing freedom of expression. The planned performances were going to be peaceful, they said.

“They [police] just wanted to keep us all in their dungeons until it was all over,” said Chris Knight, a Marxist member of the street theater group, who was held by police for 25 hours. “There is nothing more threatening to a ritual than a counter-ritual.”

Metropolitan Police were pleased with their handling of wedding security.

“We made it clear from the outset that we would be robust, decisive and proportionate in policing this event,” said Assistant Commissioner Lynne Owens.

“A number of individuals were arrested who we felt were intent on causing disruption, committing acts of criminality or likely to cause alarm harassment or distress to the vast majority of people who wanted to come and celebrate this joyous occasion.”

Fifty-five people were arrested on the day of the wedding, itself, nearly half for “breach of the peace.”

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