Prince William Drives His Bride Out of Buckingham Palace

Royal Wedding Coverage: Prince William and Kate Middleton Car
Prince William and Catherine Middleton drive away from Buckingham Palace
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04/29/2011 AT 11:15 AM EDT

The carriage was nice, but Prince William and Catherine Middleton have moved on – literally.

The newlyweds traded in their horse-drawn transportation for an Aston Martin convertible complete with a classic license plate: "JU5T WED."

Driving away from Buckingham Palace through the Mall Friday afternoon – William in the driver's seat – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smiled and waved to well-wishers.

On the front of the vehicle was a red letter "L" – which stands for "learners permit."

Dr. Robert Acheson, who was the former head of St. Andrew's School, where Kate went to elementary school, remarked: "We were all speculating – he can fly a helicopter, but can he start the car?"

Next stop for the newlyweds: Prince Charles is throwing a dinner dance at 7 p.m. London time for about 300 guests at the palace.

With reporting from LIZ CORCORAN in London

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