Million-strong crowd enjoy royal wedding

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Up to a million well-wishers flocked to central London today to catch a glimpse of the historic royal wedding, police said.

Scotland Yard said that there were about 500,000 people around Buckingham Palace to watch William and Kate's eagerly-anticipated kiss.

The force estimated that crowds would have peaked at about one million along the processional route.

In a unprecedented covert and overt operation, only 45 people have been arrested so far.

Crowds around Buckingham Palace were bigger than police had predicted.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the mood on the ground was "fantastic".

He added: "The crowd has been tremendous, the mood fantastic. People have been coming forward to help police officers."