Town & Country: Inside Prince William & Kate Middleton's Sweet Balcony Kiss During Their Wedding

Gaone Pule
Apr 29, 2021
11:05 A.M.
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Photographer Ian Vogler captured an iconic moment of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's sweet balcony kiss during their wedding a decade ago at Buckingham Palace.


When the Cambridges walked down the aisle almost exactly ten years ago in the most prominent royal wedding in decades, intense planning and preparation went into organizing the positions for photographers and television crews.

Vogler told Town & Country how setting up for the ceremony was an event on its own. “Getting to the day was a milestone in itself,” said the Daily Mirror photographer.

Kate Middleton and Prince William on the balcony at Buckingham Palace with bridesmaid Grace Van Cutsem, on April 29, 2011 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images



Vogler was among the media who had the opportunity to secure a spot at the foot of the Queen Victoria memorial opposite Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011, with the task of capturing the all-important balcony appearance.

Speaking on the experience, he said it was nerve-wracking because of how significant it is to be in that position of captioning the classic, iconic picture of the royal couple, the Royal family, and the all-important kiss.

Prince William and Kate Middleton, followed by Prince Harry and Maid of Honour Philipa Middleton, leave Westminster Abbey in London, on April 29, 2011 | Photo: Getty Images


One other spot for the media was right outside Westminster Abbey to document Kate Middleton arriving with her father, Michael Middleton, including the couple and their guests departing in carriages.

Those positioned at the Queen Victoria memorial had been waiting for a while. Vogler shared they had to be early to get into that position because members of the public were going to be allowed to stand around.



As the Duke and Duchess celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary on April 29, we take a look at the events on their special day as they tied the knot in front of 2,000 guests.

Although only thousands of people witnessed their nuptials in person, 36.7 million others globally watched the royal ceremony, which saw the Duchess wearing a 250,000 euros gown by Alexander McQueen.



The locals from Middleton's hometown recalled the highly anticipated moment of the bride walking down the aisle. Martin and Sue Fidler told People:

"Everything outside just roared. You could hear it all outside, to begin with, as she approached.”

The couple shared that when the-then 29-year-old made her arrival, the crowd standing outside screamed and shouted as she made her way inside. Martin added how gorgeous she looked and that she has not changed since then.



Lip readers gave an insight into the private moments during the public spectacle. ABC News’ lip reader Terry Ruane and the Associated Press’ Tina Lannin helped shed some light, although no one could verify their claims.

As Prince William walked towards the entrance to Westminster Abbey, his younger brother Prince Harry turned to him and asked if he was ready. In response, he nodded.

Middleton's dad posed the same question to his daughter as they headed for the abbey doors, "Are you ready?" he asked. "I am," she replied. He then complimented her and said, "You look great."