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Consider yourself a dyed-in-the-wool republican? An ultra loyalist? A sceptic unwittingly seduced by the pageantry of an amazing day? Take our lie detector test to learn the truth about yourself. You might be surprised! (Answers at the bottom of page)

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For a record number of viewers around the world, yesterday's royal wedding at Westminster Abbey provided a few hours of unmitigated escapism.

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Royal wedding prompts frenzy on Facebook

Since many people can no longer make a cup of tea without telling the world about it on Facebook, it was hardly surprising the royal wedding dominated status updates today.

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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.

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