Prince William pays tribute to Diana at wedding

Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:14pm EDT
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By Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince William made sure his mother Princess Diana in his own words didn't "miss out" on the ceremony and celebrations for his wedding to Kate Middleton in Westminster Abbey on Friday.

His bride wore Diana's engagement ring, a hymn from his late mother's funeral was sung at the service and guests included Elton John -- who sang "Candle in the Wind" at Diana's funeral in the abbey.

Fourteen years ago, the eyes of the world watched as William, then 15, walked solemnly behind the coffin of his mother as it was taken through the packed streets of London to her funeral.

William wed Middleton in front of almost 2,000 guests and an audience of millions worldwide. But the one person conspicuous by her absence was Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997.

From the moment the couple announced they were getting married last November, William has deliberately put the memory of Diana at the center of celebrations, giving Middleton his mother's large blue oval sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

"It's very special to me," William told reporters in November. "It's my way of making sure my mother didn't miss out on today and the excitement and the fact we are going to spend the rest of our lives together."

The build-up to the day and the ceremony itself has been littered with reminders of Diana.

"The only downside on a perfect day was Diana not being there," her brother Charles Spencer told the BBC after the wedding service.   Continued...

<p>Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton exchange rings before the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, during their wedding ceremony In Westminster Abbey, in central London April 29, 2011. (ROYAL WEDDING/SERVICE) REUTERS/Andrew Milligan/Pool</p>