Bill and Hillary Clinton's daughter marries in NY

Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:48pm EDT
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By Jessica Rinaldi

RHINEBECK, New York (Reuters) - Bill and Hillary Clinton's daughter married her long-time boyfriend in the picturesque New York village of Rhinebeck on Saturday in what has been dubbed America's royal wedding.

Chelsea Clinton -- the only child of the former president and the secretary of state -- wed Marc Mezvinsky at Astor Courts, an historic 50-acre (20-hectare) estate on the Hudson River, about 100 miles north of New York City.

"Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends," Bill and Hillary Clinton said in a statement.

"We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family," the statement said.

"On behalf of the newlyweds, we want to give special thanks to the people of Rhinebeck for welcoming us and to everyone for their well-wishes on this special day."

The statement, sent just after 7:30 p.m. EDT, did not indicate exactly when the nuptials took place.

On Friday night, Bill and Hillary Clinton waved to crowds of onlookers as they arrived at the historic Beekman Arms Inn in the center of Rhinebeck for a late-night cocktail party for some of the wedding guests.

Apart from the parents of the bride, the only other high profile guests seen in Rhinebeck have been Bill Clinton's former secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen and fashion designer Vera Wang.   Continued...

<p>A spectator peeks over a fence as he tries to look at guests departing for Chelsea Clinton's wedding in Rhinebeck, New York July 31, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>