[ 2007-07-23 08:00 ]
|The kiss 100,000 people
strained to see|
|1986: Prince Andrew weds Sarah
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson have married at Westminster Abbey.
Thousands of people lined the streets of London and a worldwide TV
audience of 500 million tuned in to catch a glimpse of the pageantry .
Miss Ferguson arrived at the 900 year-old church at 1130 BST - only a
couple of minutes late - after riding from Clarence House in the Glass
Coach with her father, Sir Ronald.
Inside, 2,000 people, amid 30,000 flowers, watched the bride make her
four minute walk up the blue-carpeted aisle, sweeping a 17-foot train
As well as the families of the bride and groom guests included 17
members of foreign royalty, President Reagan's wife Nancy and Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher.
The Queen conferred Prince Andrew with the title Duke of York - last
held by King George VI and traditionally reserved for the sovereign's
second son - just 90 minutes before the ceremony.
Prince Edward was best man to his 26-year-old brother and Prince
Charles read the lesson in a service conducted by the Archbishop of
Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie.
As the couple exchanged their vows cheers could be heard from the crowd
The new Duchess of York mistakenly repeated Prince Andrew's middle
name, Christian, and agreed to obey her husband - a clause omitted by
Princess Diana in her 1981 marriage to Prince Charles.
After they had signed the register the couple rode in the open-topped
1902 State Landau to Buckingham Palace.
The Duchess looked radiant in her ivory duchesse satin dress, next to
the Duke - four months her junior - in the ceremonial day dress of a naval
A crowd of 100,000 clamoured to see their first public kiss as man and
wife on the balcony of the Palace.
Following their wedding party for 300 guests at Claridges Hotel, the
couple will honeymoon in the Azores.
|King Constantine is
holding talks with the British Prime
1974: Greek military rule gives in to
military government in Greece has collapsed and the former prime minister
Constantine Karamanlis has been invited to return.
Huge crowds gathered to greet him at Athens airport and there has been
jubilation in the streets of the Greek capital to mark the beginning of a
return to democracy.
Conservative Mr Karamanlis, 67, was prime minister for an unprecedented
eight years until the centre-left won power in the country's last
democratic election in 1963.
He has been in self-imposed exile in Paris since then but he was one of
eight former senior politicians invited to return yesterday by the
foundering military leadership.
A military junta led by Colonel Papadopoulos, Colonel Makarezos and
Brigadier Pattakos seized power in Greece in April 1967.
They imposed strict controls over the media and judicial system,
suppressed any political opposition and dismantled the reforms of the last
elected prime minister, Georgios Papandreou.
A spokesman for the Greek armed forces explained the junta's decision
to step down, "in view of the position in which the country finds itself".
The regime, now controlled by Brigadier Ionnides, has crumbled over the
growing crisis in Cyprus following the Turkish invasion two days ago.
The Greek National Guard staged a coup on the island last week to
replace elected Greek-Cypriot leader Archbishop Makarios with Nicos
Sampson, who fell from power yesterday.
Mr Karamanlis' return from exile has been welcomed by the Turkish
Government - which sent him messages of congratulation, and the Turkish
press has hailed him as "Turkey's friend".
Former Greek King Constantine - exiled since failing to topple the 1967 coup - has been in talks
with British Prime Minister Harold Wilson at 10 Downing Street.
Mr Karamanlis will choose his cabinet tomorrow to include experts and
representatives from both leading parties from the 1963 poll.
General Gizikis has said he will remain as Greek President until the
new government is running smoothly.
pageantry: grand display（壮观；华丽）
: to push or throw over; overturn or