CHESTER, England (AP) – With Prince William and Prince Harry taking on the mundane roles of ushers, you could believe it was the society wedding of the year in Britain.

The princes got a big cheer from an estimated 4,000 people who came to gawk in the narrow streets outside Chester cathedral, stealing some of the limelight at the wedding of Lady Tamara Grosvenor, daughter of the duke of Westminster, and Edward van Cutsem.

Both families are well-connected with royal circles and some 650 guests – including Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip – attended the ceremonies at Chester Cathedral. Prince Charles was absent, reportedly because he balked at sitting far away from his partner, Camilla Parker Bowles.

Charles said he had to attend a meeting with families of the Black Watch Regiment, which was recently redeployed nearer Baghdad.

The 24-year-old bride is the eldest daughter of the duke of Westminster, Britain’s richest man with a personal fortune estimated at $7.4 billion.

The groom is a banker.

After an hour-long service, the newlyweds delighted the crowds by sharing a kiss outside the cathedral.

An even bigger cheer greeted Prince William and Prince Harry as they emerged, with some girls chanting: “Marry me, William.”



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