As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge approach their first year anniversary, we look back on the spectacular pageantry of their 2011 wedding with a fantastic selection of images from the day
The young couple, fresh from their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey, share a magical kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace under the watchful eye of a worldwide audience.
After much anticipation, Kate Middleton revealed her stunning Alexander McQueen wedding gown, worth £250,000, to an eager crowd. The exquisite ensemble was made complete with a 1936 Cartier tiara loaned to Kate by the Her Majesty The Queen.
The two look on lovingly at each other during the service in front of their wedding guests, who included footballer David Beckham and his wife Victoria, close family friend Elton John and film director Guy Ritchie.
As the newlyweds left the venue, the bells of Westminster continued to ring for three hours after the service, with the ringers performing 5,000 changes for the first time since 2007.
The Queen shared in the festivities of the occasion with Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall and Kate Middleton’s mother, Carole. Britain’s bookmakers froze bets on the Queen’s outfit after yellow became the 10/11 odds-on favourite… and it seems their predictions were correct, as this photo demonstrates.
Best man, Prince Harry, was there to support his brother throughout the day. Reports from the evening claim that Harry’s speech was light-hearted and jovial, though not without a few jokes at the expense of his older brother.
“I was given this official list of 777 names — dignitaries, governors, all sorts of people — and not one person I knew. I rang up [the Queen] … and she told me to bin the list,” said Prince William about his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
RAF jets performed a flypast over Buckingham Palace for the Royal Wedding, witnessed by thousands of spectators.
Whereas most fairytales would end here with a happily ever after, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s story continues, as they travel around the globe performing their royal duties and capturing the hearts of many.
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