Kate and William’s anniversary: Relive the best moments of the royal wedding nine years later

Prince William and Kate Middleton walked into the history books after their incredible royal wedding in 2011.

Now in 2020, and while we’re currently in lockdown due to the spread of coronavirus, the couple are still set to celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary in a lowkey way while at home at Anmer Hall in Norfolk with their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

There were several memorable moments from the big day on 29 April 2011, from a grumpy bridesmaid, questionable headgear, Pippa Middleton’s behind and the celebrity guests.

Let’s not forget the iconic kiss on the balcony and the special moment the now Duchess of Cambridge arrived at Westminster Abbey to make the big reveal of her stunning Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress.

Here we take a look back at some of the best moments from Kate and William’s royal wedding album…

The future King and Queen

The moment Prince William and Kate Middleton left Westminster Abbey is a moment for the history books. All smiles after saying their vows to one another and taking a step further towards their roles one day as future King and Queen Consort of England.

Pippa Middleton

Kate’s chief bridesmaid and sister Pippa Middleton drew attention for her apparent ‘shapely behind’ in her white dress which coordinated with the bride. She almost upstaged Kate, almost, but not quite.

Grumpy bridesmaid and the kiss

Then three-year-old Grace Van Cutsem was pictured looking unhappy on the balcony in front of William and Kate as they posed for their iconic kiss. It was reported later the grumpy youngster had been covering her ears from the noise of the crowds below at Buckingham Palace.

The York Sisters

Their interesting choice of Phillip Treacy head gear drew from both Beatrice and Eugenie drew huge attention on the big day. But Princess Beatrice’s bow and ribbon fascinator quickly became a meme.

Pippa and the bridal party

Pippa escorted the bridesmaids and page boys into Westminster Abbey in their adorable matching outfits.

Royal brothers

Prince William had his younger brother Prince Harry as his best man. William wore his Irish Guards Mounted Officer’s uniform and Harry, donned his Blues and Royals officer’s uniform.

First glimpse of the dress

Kate arrived at Westminster Abbey with her father Michael Middleton and it was the first glimpse of her stunning Sarah Burton by Alexander McQueen dress.

David and Victoria Beckham

A heavily pregnant Victoria, then expecting her daughter Harper Seven, managed to walk into the ceremony in astonishingly high heels while wearing a flowing navy dress, while David donned a smart top hat and tails.

Exchanging vows

It was smiles all round as Kate and William shared their vows in front of their wedding guests, with giggles throughout.

Royal supporters

Hundreds of thousands of royal well-wishers lined the Mall ahead of the wedding to show their support for William and Kate. Pictured is the crowds surrounding the Victoria Memorial during the fly over by the RAF.

The Queen, Carol Middleton and Duchess of Cornwall

This moment was captured after Prince William and Kate said their vows. The Queen, who chose yellow for the big day, stood with Kate’s mother Carol Middleton and Prince Charles’ wife Camilla outside Westminster Abbey.

The carriage ride

The newlyweds travelled in a 1902 State Landau carriage along the Processional Route to Buckingham Palace following the ceremony.

The car

William drove his wife away from Buckingham Palace following their appearance on the balcony in a vintage Aston Martin car that had ‘L’ plates, balloons and ‘Just Wed’ attached to it.

Wedding cake

Fiona Cairns stands next to the Royal Wedding cake that she and her team made for Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The flyover

The royal wedding party look up as they watch the RAF flyover in honour of the big day. Pictured: Michael Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Eliza Lopes, Lady Louise Windsor, Grace van Cutsem, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Margarita Armstrong-Jones, page boys Tom Pettifer and William Lowther-Pinkerton with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Pippa Middleton, Prince Harry and James Middleton.

Kate’s second dress

Following the incredible televised portion of the wedding where we saw Kate and William exchange their vows and later kiss on the balcony, 600 lucky guests went on to celebrate at an evening ceremony of which was kept private. Kate changed into a gorgeous second Alexander McQueen dress for the reception hosted by Prince Charles.

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