Bride and groom make getaway in Dad's car
Prince William and his new bride leave Buckingham Palace, courtesy of Prince Charles. (Getty Images)
With the formal festivities and the Queen's luncheon out of the way, it didn't take long for newlyweds the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (otherwise known as Will and Kate) to beat a hasty retreat from Buckingham Palace.
At least for a while.
With Prince William behind the wheel, the pair drove out of the Palace in an an Aston Martin DB6 MKII convertible. The car has been owned by the prince's father, the Prince of Wales, since 1969. We assume William asked to borrow the car keys.
In any event, the getaway didn't go unnoticed, especially with all the ballons attached to the bumper.
Clarence House noted the departure on their website, while also making sure people knew this was an environmentally-friendly exit: "In June 2008, at the specific request of The Prince of Wales, who is keen that his cars should be run on sustainable fuel, the Aston Martin was converted to run on E85 bioethanol, made from English wine wastage."
As the couple left, there was also a flypast from a search and rescue helicopter with members of 22 squadron from Anglesey, where William is based. It is reported that he'll be returning to his squad after a two-week honeymoon.
Meanwhile, there was still some partying to do. After retiring to Clarence House for a few hours, the newest royal couple were due back at Buckingham Palace for the party hosted by Prince Charles.