Happy Anniversary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who got married at Westminster Abbey on this day in 2011, termed the ‘Wedding of the Century’! To mark the day, we are taking a look at their lavish wedding-
Prince William arrived with his best man, Prince Harry, from Clarence House, while Catherine Middleton arrived at the Abbey with her father, Michael Middleton, from the Goring Hotel. The Church of England Ceremony was officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, assisted by the Dean of Westminster and the Bishop of London. Afterwards, the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge signed of the register and then walked down the aisle, pausing briefly to bow and curtsey to the Queen.
After the ceremony, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, followed by the Bridal Party, rode in a Carriage Procession through London, in the 1902 State Landau, to Buckingham Palace.
The Queen hosted a lunchtime wedding reception for 650 guests at Buckingham Palace, following the Official Photoshoot, and later the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their families appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, where the couple kissed for the crowds. Later the couple drove in the Prince of Wales’ Aston Martin to Clarence House, before attending the evening reception hosted by Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
On top of the extended British Royal Family, royal guests included Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia, the Sultan and Queen Saleha of Brunei, Queen Sofia, Crown Prince Felipe and Crown Princess Letizia of Spain, King George Tupou V of Tonga, King Constantine, Queen Anne Marie, Crown Prince Pavlos, Crown Princess Marie Chantal, Prince Constantine Alexios, Prince Nikolaos, and Princess Tatiana of Greece, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, The Prince of Orange and Princess of Maxima of the Netherlands, Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, King Michael I of Romania and Crown Princess Margarita, Crown Prince Philippe and Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium, King Mswati III of Swaziland, King Simeon II and Queen Margarita of Bulgaria, The Sheikh of Qatar and Sheika Mozah bint Nasser, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Prince Seeiso and Princess Mabereng of Lesotho, Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, Sheikh Ahmad Hmoud Al-Sabah of Kuwait, and the Crown Prince of Dubai.
Prince William wore the Irish Guards mounted officer’s uniform in Guard of Honour Order with a forage cap, with the Sash and Star of the Order of the Garter. The new Duchess of Cambridge wore a Sarah Burton by Alexander McQueen gown of satin that featured an overlaid lace bodice and appliqued skirt, with the Halo Scroll Tiara and her Wedding Earrings, a gift from her parents.