04/29/2011 09:36 am ET Updated Jun 29, 2011

How Prince William & Kate Middleton Made Their Wedding Vows Personal -- Even As 2 Billion Watched

Prince William whispered to Kate that she looked beautiful, and that was just one of the highly intimate, romantic moments they had.

From the moment Kate Middleton got out of her black Bentley, she looked like she could be barely hold back her tears. She gripped her fathers' hand. She was visibly shaking.

Prince William was waiting for her at the alter and when she arrived at his side, he turned to her and you could make out as he whispered to her, "you look beautiful." It was a totally intimate moment as William leaned in to Kate and she broke into a smile. It helped her to relax- broke the formality of the "state" occasion, and made it clear that for these two people what was most important was that it -- was THEIR marriage!

But then as the ceremony began, the pair made a visible effort to block the world -- the guests, the cameras, all of us out -- while they made their vows to EACH OTHER.

As Kate spoke, William looked DIRECTLY into her eyes and held her hand. He was focused intensely on his bride.

When William spoke, she gazed directly into her husbands' eyes. Because for William and Kate, this was NOT really a royal event. This was the culmination of an eight-year-long love affair that has led to deep love and commitment.

This pair does NOT want to repeat the mistakes of William's parents -- Prince Charles and Lady Diana. They are marrying purely for love and because they knew each other as best friends as well as lovers.

That was why they made every effort to make this world event as personal as possible. Kate wore her hair romantically down around her shoulders so William would "recognize her," her makeup was beautiful and natural, the first hymn sung at the wedding, "Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer," was an ode to Princess Diana, William's beloved "mommy," the pair invited close friends and family and excluded many heads of state, and Kate's beautiful dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, featured only a "10 foot fish tail train. AND it was managed only by Kate's, sister Pippa, instead of an entire entourage of bridesmaids.

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