Licence to thrill drive for newly weds

04:52, Apr 30 2011
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Prince William and his brother and best man Prince Harry.
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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive.
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In this image taken from video, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Westminster Abbey.
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to attend the Royal Wedding
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Catherine Middleton with the father Michael Middleton arrives.
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Catherine Middleton arrives.
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Kate Middleton waves as she arrives at Westminster Abbey.
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General view in Westminster Abbey.
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Pippa Middelton, sister of the bride Kate Middleton arrives.
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Prince William greets Kate Middleton as she arrives at the alter with her father Michael Middleton.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton stand at the altar with Kate's father Michael Middleton inside Westminster Abbey.
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In this image taken from video, Kate Middleton walks down the aisle as she arrives at Westminster Abbey.
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Prince William sings beside his bride Catherine Middleton and her father Michael Middleton.
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Prince William exchanges rings with his bride Catherine Middleton in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.
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Kate Middleton, center, accompanied by her father Michael Middleton, right, and her sister Pippa Middleton, who is the maid of honour, enter Westminster Abbey.
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Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey, London, during their wedding service.
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In this image taken from video, Britain's Prince William, left, places the ring on the finger of his bride, Kate Middleton.
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Britain's Prince William, centre right, and Kate Middleton, centre left, stand at the altar during their wedding service at Westminster Abbey.
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Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, wave as they leave Westminster Abbey.
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Prince William and his new bride Catherine Middleton stand in front of the altar during the service.
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Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge prepare to begin their journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace.
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Britain's Prince William, right, and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, leave Westminster Abbey.
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Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, smiles as they leave Westminster Abbey.
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Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, wave as they leave Westminster Abbey.
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smile following their marriage at Westminster Abbey.
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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William travel to Buckingham Palace along The Mall in the 1902 State Landau along the Procession Route.
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Well wishers with flags surge along the Mall towards Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
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Britain's Prince William kisses his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Royal Wedding.

Prince William surprised well-wishers with a James Bond moment outside Buckingham Palace by driving past with his new bride in a vintage Aston Martin convertible after a wedding reception.

William drove the blue car with a "JU5T WED" number plate out of the gates of Queen Elizabeth's central London home to loud cheers from the crowd. His wife Kate Middleton, in the passenger seat, waved to the thousands of well-wishers.

The car - whose marque was made famous by the fictional British spy James Bond - also had an "L" or learner plate fixed to its front in a nod to the couple's newly wed status and was festooned with balloons.

William was driving his bride to nearby St James Palace so that Middleton could change for the evening festivities.

A royal official said the car, an Aston Martin Volante, belonged to William's father Prince Charles and was converted to run on E85 bioethanol, made from English wine wastage.

"He's had it for 30 odd years and he thought it was a lovely idea to offer it to him to drive back," the official said.

William and Middleton married at Westminster Abbey yesterday (NZ time) in a sumptuous show of British pageantry that attracted a huge world audience and breathed new life into the monarchy.

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Royal fans share a kiss as they wait at Saint James Park for Kate Middleton and her father, Michael, to travel in a Rolls Royce to Westminster Abbey.
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Royal enthusiasts celebrate at first light along the Royal Wedding route.
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A Royal fan dressed like a queen stands outside Buckingham Palace while waiting for Kate Middleton and her father, Michael, to travel in a Rolls Royce to Westminster Abbey.
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Inside tent from left to right, Michelle Berrisford, Storme Berrisford and Sommer Berrisford from Staffordshire camp overnight on the Royal Wedding route.
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Royal enthusiasts sleep in an improvised camp on the Royal Wedding route near Westminster Abbey.
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Jordan Lee from Jackson Mississippi emerges from a temporary lavatory after spending the night along the Royal Wedding route.
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Police officers ride motorcycles along The Mall in London on the day of the royal wedding.
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A man is restrained by police officers outside Westminster Abbey.
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A policeman stands guard at the junction of the Mall and Horse Guards Road.
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A royal enthusiast talks to a policeman at the junction of the Mall and Horse Guards Road.
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Royal enthusiasts from Sussex camp at the junction of the Mall and Horse Guards Road.
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A royal enthusiast from Bedfordshire poses at the junction of the Mall and Horse Guards Road.
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Royal enthusiasts Boepple from Huston, Texas poses with a replica of the Kate Middleton's engagment ring, at the junction of the Mall and Horse Guards Road.
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A woman applies make-up.
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Workers make the final preparations on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
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Well wishers line the route ahead of the Royal Wedding.
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Police officers walk down The Mall before the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton.
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Well wishers ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey.
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A policeman speaks with well wishers ahead of the Royal Wedding.
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Final preparations take place on The Mall.
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Well wishers in masks wave for the camera.
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Well wishers wave flags as they line the route.
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Mounted police patrol the area.
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This image taken from video shows a general view of guests gathering inside Westminster Abbey.
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Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh show off their Royal Wedding outfits before leaving for Westminster Abbey.
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This image taken from video shows a general view of guests gathering inside Westminster Abbey.
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In this image taken from video, a general view of Westminster Abbey is seen.
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Australian Olympian Ian Thorpe arrives.
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Royal supporters wave British Union Jack flags along the processional route.
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Crowds cheer as Britain's Prince William, and his brother and best man Prince Harry, arrive at Westminster Abbey.
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People wave flags in St James Park after the wedding of Britain's William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
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People wave flags in St James Park after the wedding of Britain's William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William travel to Buckingham Palace along The Mall in the 1902 State Landau along the Procession Route.
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Well wishers with flags surge along the Mall towards Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
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Catherine Middleton with the father Michael Middleton arrives.
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Catherine Middleton arrives.
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Kate Middleton waves as she arrives at Westminster Abbey.
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Prince William greets Kate Middleton as she arrives at the alter with her father Michael Middleton.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton stand at the altar with Kate's father Michael Middleton inside Westminster Abbey.
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Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey.
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Australian Olympian Ian Thorpe arrives.
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Guests arrive to attend the Royal Wedding.
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Guests arrive to attend the Royal Wedding.
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Soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria arrive at Westminster Abbey.
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The Right Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster holds the Order of Service.
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U.K. socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson arrives.
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British footballer David Beckham (L) and British designer Victoria Beckham arrive at the West Door of Westminster Abbey.
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Name places and programmes on seats in Westminster Abbey ahead of the Royal Wedding.
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British House of Common's speaker John Bercow and his wife Sally arrive at Westminster Abbey.
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Singer/Songwriter Elton John, left, and David Furnish arrive to attend the Royal Wedding.
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Guests arrive at Westminster Abbey.
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London Mayor Boris Johnson, centre, arrives at Westminster Abbey.
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Guests arrive in Westminster Abbey.
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Guests arrive in Westminster Abbey ahead of the Royal Wedding.
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Former British Prime Minister John Major and Norma Major arrive to attend the Royal Wedding.
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Former British Prime Minister John Major and Norma Major arrive to attend the Royal Wedding.
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David Cameron Britain's Prime Minister and his wife Samantha arrive at the West Door of Westminster Abbey.
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British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam Gonzalez Duantez arrive.
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In this image taken from video, guests wait for the start of the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
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Britain's Prince William is on his way to Westminster Abbey.
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Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, right, and Frances Osborne, third left, arrive to attend the Royal Wedding.
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Britain's Prince William, left, and his best man Britain's Prince Harry arrive at Westminster Abbey.
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Britain's Prince William waves as he arrives at Westminster Abbey.
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Prince William of Wales is greeted by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall as he arrives to attend his Royal Wedding.
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Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene Wittstock arrive to attend the Royal Wedding.
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Carole Middleton, the mother of Kate Middleton, arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey.
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Princess Beatrice of York arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey.
A combo picture shows guests arriving for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton
LINING UP: A combo picture shows guests arriving for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton From top left, British footballerr David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock, Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium and Princess Mathilde, Crown Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Maxima of The Netherlands, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel, Duke of Vastergotland, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Maria Teresa, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha, Queen Sofia of Spain, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia, British singer Elton John and his partner David Furnish, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei.
A combo picture shows guests wearing hats. (From top left) Victoria Beckham, Princess Letizia, Charlene Wittstock, the fiancee of Prince Albert II of Monaco, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Anne, the Princess Royal, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Queen Sofia of Spain, Carole Middleton, Kate's mother, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall arrive for the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
IF THE HAT FITS: A combo picture shows guests wearing hats. (From top left) Victoria Beckham, Princess Letizia, Charlene Wittstock, the fiancee of Prince Albert II of Monaco, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Britain's Queen Elizabeth, Anne, the Princess Royal, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Queen Sofia of Spain, Carole Middleton, Kate's mother, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall arrive for the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Prince William and Princess Kate drive away from Buckingham Palace in an Aston Martin.
LEARNER'S PLATE: Prince William and Princess Kate drive away from Buckingham Palace in an Aston Martin.
Prince William and Princess Kate leave Buckingham Palace after their wedding reception driving an Aston Martin with the number plate JU5T WED.
THE PLATE: Prince William and Princess Kate leave Buckingham Palace after their wedding reception driving an Aston Martin with the number plate JU5T WED.
Princess Kate waves as husband Prince William drives an Aston Martin away from Buckingham Palace after their wedding reception.
THE WAVE: Princess Kate waves as husband Prince William drives an Aston Martin away from Buckingham Palace after their wedding reception.

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