The Queen looked nothing less than jubilant as the wedding party emerged from St George's Chapel
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Prince Charles and the Duchess meet throngs of well-wishers before setting off for the wedding reception in the State Apartments at Windsor Castle
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The newlyweds set off on honeymoon after the lavish bash, riding in a car emblazoned with hearts and the words "Just Married"
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9 APRIL 2005

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The very public blessing service behind them, the private post-wedding celebrations a lavish party in the State Rooms of Windsor Castle awaited the newlyweds and their hundreds of guests.

Crystal flutes filled with Krug champagne were the order of the day, the bubbly complementing a delicious menu of canapes, which appropriately featured some Cornish treats including Cornish pasties and clotted cream as well as Duchy strawberry jam.

Another sweet item was one of Charles' favourite indulgences, a boiled fruit cake made by Welsh grandmother Etta Richardson. Discovered by the Prince during a 2004 visit to a small exhibition in Llansteffan, Wales, 20 of the homemade confections were delivered to the reception.

And there was of course, a fantastic traditional wedding cake, tailor-made to the couple's preferences. Topped with the Crown Of The Heir Apparent, the single-layered organic cake consisted of a 24-inch square, decorated with detailed lattice work and roses, thistles and daffodils to represent England, Scotland and Wales, respectively. An octagonal dome made up of panels featuring royal crests and other symbols completed the cake.

After celebrating their nuptials and cutting the wedding cake with the Prince's sword, which originally belonged to King George V Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall said goodbye to their guests and began their lives together on honeymoon. And, in a fun and romantic touch, the car in which they drove off was decked with balloons and emblazoned with painted hearts and the words "Just Married".

Charles and Camilla planned to jet off to the Birkhall estate, far above the River Muick in the Scottish Highlands. Once the home of Charles' beloved grandmother, the late Queen Mother, the ultra-private rural getaway is located on the Royal Family's 50,000-acre Balmoral estate the perfect tranquil backdrop for their first days as husband and wife.

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