See Kate Middleton & Prince William’s Bridesmaids, Including Grumpy Grace, And Pageboys 10 Years On
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding in 2011 wasn’t complete without the adorable bridesmaids and pageboys that added color to the special day. Now ten years later, they are all so grown.
In what was a world-stopping moment, Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot at Westminister Abbey on April 29, 2011. The fairytale event was an elaborate affair with over 1,500 guests.
The ceremony featured several iconic moments, from the couple’s first kiss to their walk down the aisle. However, the cuteness and playful antics of the bridesmaids and pageboys left the world in awe.
LADY LOUISE WINDSOR
The eldest child of Prince Edward and Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, was seven years old when she served as a bridesmaid at William and Kate’s wedding. Now 17 years old, Lady Louise is a 14th in line to the throne.
She was born with a defect that turns the eyes outward ― esotropia ― and underwent surgery in 2014 to fix the condition. The teenager is now a skilled carriage driver and made an appearance at the 2019 Windsor Horse Show.
GRACE VAN CUSTEM
Known globally as “Grumpy Grace,” young Grace became an internet sensation on the wedding day after her naughty antics went viral. The 3-year-old stole the attention during the couple’s balcony kiss.
She had a mean scowl and covered her ears angrily as the Royal Air Force performed a flyover while the other bridesmaids watched William and Kate in adoration. She looked like she would rather be anywhere else but there.
Now 13, Grace is the goddaughter of Prince William. Her father, Hugh van Cutsem Jr., is a close friend. She has lived most of her life out of the spotlight since the wedding, but her mom, Rose Astor, gives updates on her from time to time.
The bridesmaid’s dresses were designed by Nicki Macfarlane using the same fabric as Kate’s wedding gown.
The granddaughter of Camilla Parker-Bowles, Eliza was 3 when she became a bridesmaid. Her parents are Laura and Harry Lopes. The Duchess of Cornwall welcomed Laura with her ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles.
Eliza and her family have kept a low profile since the wedding but have a good relationship with the rest of the royal family. The duchess also has a close bond with William and Kate’s three kids.
Tom Pettifer is the son of William and Harry’s childhood nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke. Bourke cared for the princes in the ‘90s. Tom was eight when he was a pageboy and has Prince Harry as his godfather.
William Lowther-Pinkerton was the second pageboy at William and Kate’s wedding. He is the son of the Cambridges’ former aide Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton who resigned in 2013 but remained close to the royal family.
THE HIDDEN MESSAGE
Not only did the bridesmaids and page boys add flavor to the day, but their outfits had a hidden message that paid tribute to the couple’s love. The bridesmaid’s dresses were designed by Nicki Macfarlane using the same fabric as Kate’s wedding gown.
The lining of each dress had hand-embroidered writing of each bridesmaid and the date of the wedding. On the other hand, the pageboys were dressed as mini-versions of Prince Harry in Foot Guards uniforms.