16 Things You Probably Didn't Know About William and Kate's Wedding
Happy sixth anniversary, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! Here are a few fun facts about their big day.
Throughout the United Kingdom, citizens were given the day off to celebrate. The offer extended to British territories like Bermuda, Turks and Caicos, and the Falkland Islands.
William and Harry's uniforms were sweat-proof.
These versions of their military attire were custom-made for the day with sweat-wicking materials, in the hopes of keeping them cool in stuffy Westminster Abbey.
The bridal party's wreaths had a hidden meaning.
The junior bridesmaids and flower girls wore flower crowns modeled after the one Carole Middleton wore to her own wedding in 1980.
Kate's bouquet featured a flower called Sweet William.
How perfect! The petite arrangement also contained hyacinth and lily of the valley.
Overall, the floral budget is estimated at £800,000.
Or around $1.1 million. That's a whole
The trees went on to a better life.
English field maples lined the aisle of Westminster
Kate did her own makeup.
After getting a few weeks' worth of lessons, the soon-to-be duchess created her own softly romantic look.
Kate's wedding band is made of gold that was mined in Wales.
And of course, her engagement ring is famously the same sapphire-and-diamond stunner that William's mother Princess Diana wore.
William doesn't get a ring.
If you were watching the ceremony, you may have noticed that the ring exchange only went one way. That's not so much royal tradition as it is William's personal preference. The whole world does know he's taken, after all.
The crowd inside Westminster Abbey was enormous.
Nearly 2,000 people were crammed in to watch the ceremony, with nobles and dignitaries sharing air with celebs like David and Victoria Beckham.
Kate wore something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
Some of the lace on her dress was old, her diamond earrings were a new gift from her parents, her tiara was on loan from the queen, and Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen sewed a blue ribbon inside her dress.
They took off in a special car.
The newlyweds left Buckingham Palace in an Aston Martin that Prince Charles received for his 21st birthday. William and Kate's pals had decorated it with balloons, ribbons, and a "JU5T MARRIED" license plate.
There was a two-part reception.
A very formal lunch hosted by the queen followed the ceremony, and then William and Kate hosted close family and friends later that night. There was the traditional eating, drinking, and dancing.
Their wedding cake had a surprising flavor.
What kind of cake do you get when you can dream up any cake in the world? Well, fruitcake. They are British, after all.
British pop star Ellie Goulding performed at the reception.
She sang several of her hits, as well as a beautiful cover of Elton John's "Your Song."
Kate didn't know where her honeymoon would be.
William kept her — and the paparazzi — in the dark until they left. It turned out that he had planned two weeks in a private villa in the secluded Seychelles islands off the coast of Africa.
There are videos that'll live forever on the internet.
Relive the lovely moment they exchanged their vows here.