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Royal Wedding Guest Ben Fogle: Reception Was "Very Relaxed"

Celebrity News Apr. 30, 2011 AT 12:46PM
Royal Wedding Guest Ben Fogle: Reception Was "Very Relaxed" Credit: asper Juinen/Getty Images; Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Jolly good fun!

British TV personality Ben Fogle was one of the honored guests at Duke William and Duchess Catherine's Friday wedding -- attending the grand, romantic ceremony at Westminster Abbey and Queen Elizabeth II's lunchtime, canape reception at Buckingham Palace

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"It was a real privilege to be at the ceremony and at the reception afterwards," NBC correspondent Fogle, 37, told Us Weekly exclusively. "I've worked with William and have known William for about eight years or so now. To be invited to his wedding still felt like a real honor."

Sitting in Westminster Abbey as William, 28, and Catherine, 29, exchanged vows, Fogle says he was just as touched and awestruck as billions of at-home TV viewers.

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"The ceremony itself was as everyone saw - it was beautiful, it was moving and I thought very poignant. I thought it was very them. There was lots of pomp and ceremony, and it was also very simple and very beautiful," he gushed.

As for the brand-new Duchess, who stunned in a modern gown by Alexander McQueen's creative director Sarah Burton, the camera doesn't lie, Fogle told Us.

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"It goes without saying that Kate looked absolutely beautiful -- she was glowing!"

After the "I wills," Fogle and approximately 650 guests hopped over to Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth's luncheon, which featured 10,000 canapes prepped by a 21-chef team, an eight-tier fruitcake designed by Fiona Cairns, and a chocolate biscuit groom's cake created by McVities's Cake Company.

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Fogle says the daytime affair was "extraordinary with such a mix of the great and the good. There were some very funny and moving speeches from the groom, Prince William, and from his father, Prince Charles. And it was a very relaxed atmosphere with everyone mingling. The champagne canapes were delicious and the eight-tier cake looked spectacular."

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