Queen Elizabeth has toasted her son, Prince Charles, on his marriage to his longtime love Camilla Parker Bowles, saying he had overcome "terrible obstacles" and that she is proud of him.
A guest at the wedding reception at Windsor Castle says the queen, a race horse breeder, made a joke, first announcing the results of the just-completed Grand National horse race and then toasting the newlyweds.
Earlier in the day, the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, skipped the simple, private civil ceremony at which Camilla and Charles were wed, but they attended a blessing ceremony led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Charles and Camilla first met 35 years ago and subsequently married and divorced others. The late Princess Diana blamed Camilla, who is now known as the duchess of Cornwall, for the breakup of her marriage to Prince Charles.
After today's (Saturday's) ceremonies, the couple left for a honeymoon at a hunting lodge in Scotland in a car with "just married" scrawled in the back window.