Every Gorgeous Photo From Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 Royal Wedding
Long before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made headlines for their wedding, PDA, and there was a young Prince William and . Now, are better known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but prior to April 29, 2011, they were just an ordinary pair of college sweethearts... .
and Harry and Meghan's upcoming nuptials, let's take a look back at every memorable moment of Will and Kate's iconic big day.
INSIDE WESTMINSTER ABBEY
The ceremony for Will and Kate's wedding started at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 29, 2011. Before the wedding began, Westminster Abbey was decorated with six English Field Maple trees and two Hornbeam trees, all of which were 20 feet high. London-based floral designer Shane Connolly and his team handled the floral design at the Abbey and at Buckingham Palace.
GUESTS ARRIVE AT THE ABBEY
Before the bride and groom made their appearance, at Westminster Abbey. The guest list included various foreign royals, politicians, and diplomats from across the Commonwealth, and members of the British armed forces.
CELEBRITY ATTENDEES ARE SPOTTED
THE CROWD IN LONDON
London's Metropolitan Police estimated that one million people lined the streets to see the royal wedding parade, according to the BBC. April 29 was an official public holiday, so the wedding could be properly celebrated across the U.K.
WILL AND HARRY HEAD TO THE ABBEY
The groom rode to the Abbey with his best man, Prince Harry. Will and Harry left Clarence House, the official residence of Prince Charles, at 10:10 am in a Bentley State Limousine. The duo rode through London passing thousands of
WILL AND HARRY OFFICIALLY ARRIVE AT THE ABBEY
After a short ride from Clarence House, Will and Harry arrive at the Abbey, fans get a full look at Will's wedding day ensemble. The Prince wore the Colonel of the Irish Guards uniform, while Harry chose the uniform of a Captain of the Household Cavalry.
THE MIDDLETON FAMILY ARRIVES
The mother of the bride, Carole Middleton, and brother of the bride, James, arrive at Westminster Abbey just after William and Harry. The Middleton's spent the night before the wedding at the Goring Hotel in London.
FOLLOW BY MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY
Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice arrived at the Abbey with their father, Prince Andrew. Other members of the British royal family quickly followed, including Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
CHARLES AND CAMILLA WERE AMONG THE LAST TO ARRIVE
The father and step-mother of the groom were the last to arrive before the Queen, Prince Philip, and the bridal party. The couple
THE QUEEN AND PRINCE PHILIP ARRIVE AT THE ABBEY
The monarch was at Buckingham Palace prior to the wedding. She rode to the wedding through the procession route, waving at thousands of fans on the way.
THE BRIDE HEADS TO THE ABBEY
Kate leaves the Goring Hotel with her dad, Michael Middleton, by her side. The bridal party, including Pippa Middleton,
THE BRIDAL PARTY ARRIVES
The bridal party is led by Kate's maid of honor, Pippa, at the Abbey. Pippa's gown is by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, and the bridesmaids wore dresses by Nicki Macfarlane. The page boys wore a uniform based on a Foot Guards officer uniform, in a red fabric that matched Prince William's ensemble.
KATE'S BIG REVEAL
In one of the most iconic photos from the day, Kate emerges from the car and gives the first full look at her Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen wedding gown. The Queen loaned the Cartier Scroll Tiara to Kate for her wedding day
THE CEREMONY BEGINS
Michael Middleton walks his daughter down the aisle of Westminster Abbey with the bridal party following behind. William was at the front of the Abbey with his back turned to the aisle, so he didn't get a glimpse of Kate until she met him at the altar.
A LOOK AT THE ALTAR FROM THE BACK
The royal family was seated to the right of the couple, and the Queen's seat was the closest to the altar. The Middleton family sat on the left side.
THE BRIDE AND GROOM MEET AT THE ALTAR
After a three-minute walk with her father, Kate finally sees her groom at the altar in Westminster Abbey. Kate's bouquet contained lily of the valley, hyacinths, a sprig of myrtle, and Sweet William.
THE CEREMONY TAKES PLACE
The ceremony, which was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, was over an hour long. The couple sat for part of it, like when James Middleton did a reading.
WILL AND KATE SAY THEIR VOWS
The couple exchanged vows, but not rings: William opted not to receive a wedding ring out of personal preference. Kate's wedding ring is made of gold that was mined in Wales. Like Diana, Kate dropped the promise to "obey" her husband from her vows.
THE COUPLE GREETS THE QUEEN AT THE END OF THE CEREMONY
Officially husband and wife, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greet the Queen before processing out of Westminster Abbey. Will bowed to his grandmother, while Kate curtsied.
WILL AND KATE LEAD THE PROCESSION
After the ceremony ended, Will and Kate led a procession out of the Abbey. The newlyweds were followed by their bridesmaids, page boys, Pippa and Harry, and their parents. Carole Middleton walked next to Prince Charles, while Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall exited with Michael Middleton.
The newlyweds were beaming as they emerged from Westminster Abbey as husband and wife.
TIME FOR THE CARRIAGE PROCESSION
After the ceremony, Will and Kate took a carriage from the Abbey to Buckingham Palace, where they greeted royal fans who were waiting along the route. Harry and Meghan will have a similar procession in Windsor after their ceremony.
THE BRIDAL PARTY ALSO JOINED THE CARRIAGE PROCESSION
Pippa Middleton shared a carriage with two bridesmaids and a page boy during the procession parade.
THE REST OF THE ROYALS LEAVE THE ABBEY
The Queen, Carole, and Camilla all headed back to Buckingham Palace for the reception in carriages, following Will and Kate in the celebratory parade.
WILL AND KATE ARE FIRST TO ARRIVE AT THE PALACE
Will helps his new wife out of the carriage at Buckingham Palace after their procession through London. Around 650 guests attended the lunchtime luncheon at the Palace, which was hosted by the Queen.
THE BRIDE AND GROOM ARE FOLLOWED BY THE BRIDAL PARTY
The couple's arrival was closely followed by the rest of the bridal party, who rode to the Palace in two separate carriages.
THE WEDDING PARTY MOVES TO THE PALACE BALCONY
The bride, groom, wedding party, and family members head to the Buckingham Palace Balcony to greet thousands of well-wishers outside.
WILL AND KATE KISS ON THE BALCONY
The happy couple actually kissed twice on the Palace balcony during this now-iconic moment.
THE ROYAL AIR FORCE
Above, there's a celebratory flypast by the Royal Air Force.
THE OFFICIAL WEDDING PORTRAIT
Before the reception began, the entire bridal party along with members of the royal and Middleton families pose for official portraits in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace.
THE NEWLYWEDS GREET GUESTS AT THE PALACE
The lunchtime reception officially begins after their balcony moment and portrait session. In this receiving line, Will and Kate greeted Prime Ministers and politicians from across the Commonwealth.
KATE AT THE RECEPTION
Kate was still holding her bouquet at the Buckingham Palace reception.
THE ROYAL WEDDING CAKE IS SERVED
Fiona Cairns created the eight-tier fruitcake for the royal wedding. Fruitcake is the traditional English wedding cake, but Harry and Meghan have picked a lemon elderflower cake for their wedding day.
LEAVING THE WEDDING RECEPTION
After the lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace, the newlyweds were off to Clarence House to change for another evening reception held for a smaller number of guests. William drove his new wife to Clarence House in an Aston Martin DB6 that belongs to Prince Charles.
KATE'S SECOND WEDDING DRESS
The Duchess of Cambridge changed into a second wedding dress, also by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, for the evening wedding reception. She's photographed here leaving Clarence House for Buckingham Palace.
WILLIAM ALSO CHANGED FOR THE EVENING RECEPTION
Like his bride, William changed into a tuxedo for their evening wedding reception.
KATE'S BOUQUET AFTER THE WEDDING
Per royal tradition, Kate's bouquet was left at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey the day after the wedding.
On April 30, 2011, the newlyweds left Buckingham Palace via helicopter to head for their honeymoon, which took place on a private island in Seychelles.
WANT TO RE-WATCH THE ENTIRE WEDDING?
If this recap wasn't enough royal wedding for you, then please enjoy the royal family's official video of the entire wedding day (all 3 hours and 37 minutes of it!)
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.