It’s incredible to believe that 10 years have passed since Catherine Middleton walked down the aisle at Westminster Abbey to marry her Prince.
When Prince William grew up he was genuinely excited and happy when the future king married his bride. Ten years and three children later, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have cemented their key players in the British Royal Family.
My family is a firm fan of the Royal Family, and I’ve always had a thing for William and Catherine . So I was delighted when their engagement was announced. I was 15 years old at the time and I still remember vividly that the newly engaged couple was a popular topic of conversation at school – they definitely earned bonus points with us when we had the day off to celebrate the occasion!Since many of us had never seen a royal wedding on this scale before, we really didn’t know what to expect. While watching events like Trooping The Color, I am too young to remember the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and I also have no memories of the funerals of Princess Margaret or the Queen Mother.
I knew we were known the world over for our pomp and splendor, but nothing could have prepared me for this April 2011 day. The wedding seemed to dominate the news, magazines, and talk shows for months, with endless speculation: who would design Catherine’s dress? ? What titles would the couple receive? Who would attend the wedding? What color would the queen wear? Would we see a kiss on Buckingham Palace’s famous balcony? It certainly made for hours of media coverage.
The night before the wedding felt like Christmas Eve, the country full of anticipation. We saw Catherine and her family enter the Goring Hotel in London to spend their last night as « normal » citizens. It really seemed that the wedding fever had invaded Britain, the Commonwealth and beyond. Street parties were planned, crowds gathered along the procession to get a glimpse of the couple, and events took place around the world – around 2,000 people gathered at a party at St. Andrew’s University that featured the couple had met. International landmarks, including the Empire State Building, were illuminated in red, white and blue for the occasion.
We took the day very seriously at our home – we started television coverage at 7 a.m., I wore special socks Union flag and a face sticker, we had party dinner and cake. This was my first experience with the British royal « machine » in all its glory and it did not disappoint.
From watching the guests enter Westminster Abbey, from seeing who was lucky enough to receive an invitation and what they wore, from touching touching stories from people who knew the couple to waiting for the first sight of the soon-to-be Duchess of Cambridge Westminster Abbey, such an important place in English and British history, was truly a spectacular setting for the vibrant colors of the military and religious insignia.
Much like Sarah Ferguson who kept her tiara hidden until she was officially married to the Royal Family, Catherine chose to drive to the abbey instead of the Carriage traditionally used by royal brides. She would then leave church in the carriage with her new husband and mark her entry into royal life as the Duchess of Cambridge.
One of the most prominent memories I have of that day would have to be the moment in that Catherine got out of the car and we could finally see her wedding dress – I still remember the gasp when she walked away from the car and let us see the look in all its glory. I’ve always been a fan of Katharina’s fashion choices (I prefer classic vintage clothing over jeans and t-shirts) and this now iconic dress sure met all the criteria. Catherine, a future consort of the Queen, looked like the royal bride every inch, with the gown designed by Sarah Burton and the Cartier Halo tiara loaned by The Queen.
Although it was a state occasion on which Political leaders and foreign monarchs attended, the couple nonetheless included personal information reminding observers that this was a family occasion. Both William and Catherine were assisted by their siblings as best man and maid of honor while their brother James read the lesson. The younger members of the bridal party were all family members or children of close friends.
Another of my favorite moments was the cheers from outside the abbey as the couple exchanged vows – it was evident that the sound had been carried inside when Both William and Catherine immediately began to smile when they heard the reaction of the crowd.
After getting two kisses on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, we were surprised to see the newlyweds leave Buckingham Palace in Prince Charles’ convertible Aston Martin left – complete with balloons and a JU5T WED license plate!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wave to the crowd from their car in the Mall on their way to Buckingham Palace in London after their wedding on Sept. April 2011 to
Since that iconic day 10 years ago, we’ve seen the Cambridges grow as a couple. Now full-time royals, William and Catherine have represented Queen Elizabeth II, with and without their children, on unforgettable tours around the world – who could forget the impression they made on Hollywood celebrities on their first tour, baby George, lovely Australia, or Princess Charlotte enjoying the chance to play with balloons in Canada?
Closer to home we saw some of the couple’s iconic moments – supporting Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, competitive baking with Mary Berry and even pouring pints.
During the recent COVID-19 lockdown, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were very visible on video calls with people across the UK: thanking the nurses for their contributions during the Pandemic, showed support for the vaccine and even played bingo with nursing home residents over Zoom!
Both Cambridges did n Developed special areas of interest as part of her royal duties: William has been actively involved in environmental issues, including the creation of the Earthshot Prize, and highlighting the need to discuss mental health in football.
Catherine took her initial interest in Developed at an early age to raise awareness of maternal and child mental health and their incredible Hold Still project, which encouraged the UK public to share photos reflecting their experience of the COVID-19 pandemic .
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lead their children George, Charlotte and Louis on the red carpet (@KensingtonRoyal).
We cheered them on 10 years ago in front of Westminster Abbey, in front of the Lindo Wing waited to catch a glimpse of their three children and now we would like to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their 10th wedding anniversary .
We look forward to seeing her continued support for Her Majesty the Queen in the years to come.
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