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Prince William and Kate Middleton's 10th Wedding Anniversary — Facts about Their Royal Wedding

Olowokandi Fiyin
Apr 29, 2021
05:38 A.M.
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It has been ten years since Kate Middleton walked down the aisle with Prince William, yet their fans remember it like it was yesterday. Here's are a few facts about the wedding of the century.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton warmed the hearts of millions of people when they got married in one of the most romantic ceremonies the world has ever seen, televised for millions around the globe to watch.

According to the royal website, William and Kate got married in the service which was carried out by the Dean of Westminster, married by the Archbishop of Canterbury, while the Bishop of London read the address at the ceremony held at the Westminster Abbey.

Prince William and Kate Middleton journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images

Prince William and Kate Middleton journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images

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A STUNNING BRIDE

Ahead of the service, citizens of the United Kingdom and other British territories like Turks and Caicos, Bermuda, and the Falkland Islands were given the day off to partake in the celebrations.

With nothing to do but subscribe to the televised ceremony, royal fans watched as Kate took her place before her husband, wearing a gorgeous and elegant Sarah Burton-designed Alexander McQueen wedding gown.

The Duchess styled her hair with loose curls, flowing behind the sparkling and striking Queen Mother's Cartier Halo Tiara. The gorgeous headpiece boasts of 739 brilliant-cut diamonds and 159 baguette-cut diamonds.

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THE DECORATED EVENT

As it turned out, the dress had some old lace sewn in, her diamond earrings were gifted to her by her parents, her tiara was on loan from Queen Elizabeth II, and a blue ribbon was sewn on the inside her dress.

The venue looked simple and immaculate with 25-foot maple trees, representing reserve and humility, and several flowers decorating the place. According to sources, the couple's flower budget amounted to $800,000.

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THE GRAND RECEPTION

Soon after the ceremony was done, William and his new bride made their way to Buckingham Palace in the 1902 State Landau carriage which they rode along the Processional Route while waving at the crowds that lined the streets.

Hello! Magazine reported that once the happy couple arrived at the Palace, they took their place at the balcony where they continued the festivities with their excited family and friends. During the reception, the newly-wedded couple ensured that they kept the royal tradition of sharing a kiss on the balcony.

The couple had an eight-tier fruitcake decorated with daffodils, thistle, shamrocks, and roses baked by Fiona Cairns. According to the baker, her team had difficulties getting the large cake into the venue, even having to remove a door to transport it.

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EXPANDING THE FAMILY

For his big day, William chose to name his younger brother, Prince Harry, as his best man. Hello! Magazine noted that the Duke of Cambridge opted to address his brother by that term as it "had more relevance" to his life than the normally-used name.

Now, ten years after the wedding, Kate and William enjoy their anniversaries in the presence of three beautiful children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, who recently celebrated his third birthday.

Born on April 23, 2018, the young royal is the youngest of the duke and duchess' children and fifth in line to the throne. Like his siblings, Louis sometimes appears on their family's official Instagram page, showing fans his growing years.

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