Published on April 29th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary!
Today marks 5 years since Kate Middleton and Prince William tied the knot back in 2011. They married at Westminster Abbey which was declared a Bank Holiday in the UK. Kate wore a dress by one of her favourite designers, Alexander McQueen. Her sister Pippa was maid of honour and Prince William’s best man was his brother Prince Harry.
The ceremony was attended by the bride’s and groom’s families, as well as many foreign royals, diplomats, and the couple’s chosen personal guests. As Prince William was not the heir apparent to the throne, the wedding was not a full state occasion and many details were left to the couple to decide, such as much of the guest list of about 1,900.
On leaving Westminster Abbey, to the pealing of bells, they passed through a guard of honour of individually selected men and women from the various services, and were greeted by cheers from the crowds. The bridal couple entered the 1902 State Landau drawn by four white horses with postilions and attendant footmen, and guarded by a mounted escort of the Life Guard. A similar open carriage carried the rest of the bridal party, escorted by the Blues and Royals. The Queen and other members of the Royal Family followed in coaches drawn by the Queen’s Cleveland Bay horses, and in state cars.
After the ceremony, the couple made the traditional appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. The day was topped off when the newly-named Duke and Duchess of Cambridge drove down The Mall in Prince Charles’ Aston Martin Volante (MKII Convertible). The car was given to Prince Charles by the Queen as a 21st birthday present.
After the happy day
Since their lavish ceremony, the couple has had two children – Prince George born 22nd July 2013 and Princess Charlotte who was born 2nd May 2015.
The couple has also represented Britain and the Queen abroad on many occasions, more recently in India, where they replicated the famous photo that Princess Diana created outside the iconic Taj Mahal back in 1992.
They have recently launched a new mental health campaign with Prince Harry called Heads Together.
Since the beginning
They met in 2001 when they both attended St Andrew’s University and reportedly became a couple in 2003. They split on a make-or-break holiday to Zermatt, Switzerland in 2007 but continued to be seen in public together on a number of occasions which included the Concert for Diana in July of that year.
By 2010, they had rekindled their romance and they announced their engagement on 16th November 2010, after the Prince popped the question on a trip to Kenya the month before. Prince William had presented his new fiancée with the engagement ring that his mother, Princess Diana had worn.
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