Royal wedding: official photographs of Prince William and Kate released [Big Picture]

The official photographs of William and Kate’s wedding were released today and show a happy couple surrounded by their family on their big day.

The pictures, taken in Buckingham Palace’s throne room immediately after Kate Middleton and Prince William arrived from Westminster Abbey after the royal wedding, capture the Royal Family and the Middletons in rapturous mood. Three photos have been released, with one showing just the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a second of the happy couple with their bridesmaids and pageboys.

The final image adds the bride and groom’s parents – the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Michael and Carole Middleton – along with the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, best man Prince Harry, Kate’s sister Pippa, her maid of honour, and brother James. The pictures were taken by Hugo Burnand, who also took the wedding photographs when Charles and Camilla married in 2005.

The large group shot of the whole wedding party is more formal, with William’s family on his right while Kate’s relatives are on the other side. The Queen and Duke are seated with a beaming Charles and his youngest son Harry standing behind them. At the end is Camilla holding the hand of her granddaughter, Eliza Lopes, one of the bridesmaids, while pageboy Tom Pettifer and another bridesmaid, Grace van Cutsem, stand nearby.

Kate’s family – Michael, Carole, James and Pippa – smile broadly, with the rest of the young bridal party in front of them – bridesmaids Margarita Armstrong-Jones and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor with pageboy Billy Lowther-Pinkerton.

The photographer followed tradition and posed the wedding party in Buckingham Palace’s lavish throne room. In the picture showing just the couple they are arm in arm with the bride holding her bouquet in her left hand. The simple shot shows they are still excited after saying their vows less than two hours earlier. [photos via The British Monarchy/Flickr; story via The Telegraph (UK) and Daily Mail (UK)]

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