The Royal Wedding in 2011, was a grand event and spectacle with the whole world watching. It’s like something straight out of a fairytale; it was like a Prince and Princess were getting married… oh, wait… they are a Prince and a Princess. Prince William and Kate Middleton were married on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey in London, England. Prince William is the son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. He is also the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, and is second in line to succeed his grandmother as the King Of England. The only person ahead of him is his father Prince Charles. Prince William and Kate Middleton quickly became the center of media attention. Their every move was reported on and everyone speculated about their private lives. Prince William’s parents both felt the same pressure from the media during their relationship, marriage and divorce. In fact, many compared the wedding of William and Kate to Charles and Diana in 1981. They’re a part of The Royal Family and just about every detail of their lives has been reported on. When news first broke that they were dating, news outlets began to speculate on if and when they’d get married. They had everyone talking when they announced their engagement. The world stopped to watch the day the Prince finally got his Princess. They made headlines all over the world after the birth of their children, Prince George in 2013 and Princess Charlotte in 2015.
For the most part, there isn’t much that’s a secret when it comes to The Royal Family. The media and people all over the world have become very invested in The Royal Family and at the center of the family are The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. There might be a few things and details you might not know about Prince William and Kate. Here is a look at 15 Things You Didn’t Know Kate Middleton and Prince William.
15. The Super Athlete
Prince William is your typical British dude; he loves going to the horse races, he loves playing rugby and one day he’ll be King of England. Typical British dude… well, kind of. He loves his sports but so does Kate. In fact, Kate has a very athletic background and is kind of a super athlete. Kate was active in swimming, cross country running, and field hockey. She is also a pretty hardcore tennis fan and has been seen at the Wimbledon Championships. At one point, she was very dedicated to rowing and was on the Sisterhood Cross Channel rowing team. She was to lead her all-female team on a row across the English Channel. However, she had to drop out because of the intense paparazzi coverage. Despite having an allergy to horses, she still enjoys attending horse racing and equestrian events. They also seem to enjoy skiing and are often seen on the slopes together. In 2004, William and Kate debuted as a couple while on a ski trip in Switzerland.
14. Millions Of Guests
The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was attended by a ‘who’s who’. There were the obvious attendees, such as members of the House of Windsor, The Spencer Family and The Middleton Family. The Royal Family knows many other Royals around the world and some attended the wedding, including The Queen of Denmark, The King of Tonga and King and Queen of Malaysia. Several political figures were in attendance, such as former Prime Minister David Cameron. There were also several well-known celebrities at the event, including Elton John, Rowan Atkinson and David and Victoria Beckham. That’s a very impressive guest list for such a tremendous event. There were a few other guests who were in attendance but not really there. The event was broadcast all over the world (including the UK and the US). In the UK, the wedding attracted around 27 million viewers across the networks, BBC, ITV and Sky. In the US the wedding aired from 6:00am to 7:15am and had an audience of 23 million viewers.
13. Lilly Of The Valley And Sweet William
No, Sweet William and Lilly of The Valley are not nicknames for the Future King and Queen, but actually the two main flowers that made up Kate’s bouquet. An Australian newspaper The Herald Sun, speculated that the flower budget of the wedding was an estimated $800,000, which for some might be the cost of a whole wedding. The flowers and structure of the bouquet were kept top secret. Some of the other flowers used were Ivy, Hyacinth and Myrtle. Glamour magazine did a piece on the flowers and gave a bit of a background on each. It’s been tradition since Queen Victoria to include Myrtle in the bouquet. In fact, the Myrtle flowers are from Queen Victoria’s garden. The flowers also have a meaning behind them. For example, Myrtle represents the emblem of love and marriage. Queen Victoria’s language of flowers describes Lilly of the Valley’s meaning as trustworthy, while others noted it could also represent the return of happiness.
12. The Engagement Announcement – The Last To Know
One can assume that Queen Elizabeth II is one of the first to know just about everything that goes on in the Royal Palace. However, when it came to the biggest news involving her grandson she was a bit out of the loop. Prince William and Kate were engaged on October 20th, 2010, while they were on vacation in Kenya. The engagement was announced to the public on November 16, 2010. They were married on April 29, 2011, in a wedding that rivaled the extravagant wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981. The news of their announcement quickly dominated headlines all over the world. Every news agency scrambled to be the first to break the big news. The buildup to the wedding was like the buildup to a huge UFC fight. The anticipation and buzz continued for months until the big day finally came. However, the Prince just had to make sure one very important person knew about the engagement before it went public. William told Queen Elizabeth about the engagement just a few hours before the huge announcement was made on November 16th.
11. ‘Twas The Night Before The Wedding
The wedding day of Prince William and Kate Middleton was a highly anticipated event, which had the people of the UK and around the world buzzing for months. Everyone speculated about everything from the Bride’s dress to the Groom’s hairstyle… well, lack of hairstyle. Obviously, both the bride and groom might have felt a bit of pressure. A wedding is a stressful event; from planning to who to invite. Imagine now that the whole world will be watching and have been excited for months. The wedding took place on April 29, 2011, and was declared a holiday. This meant several people were up late the night before celebrating in the streets of London. Prince William was feeling the normal nervousness that comes with a wedding but hearing the celebrations the night before compounded it. William noted that this made it very difficult for him to sleep the night before. He stated in an interview that, “I hadn’t slept at all that night because obviously all the crowds were on The Mall. They were singing and cheering all night long. So, the excitement of that, the nervousness of me, and everyone singing meant I slept for about half an hour.”
10. The Royal Brief Break-Up
William and Kate first met while attending the University of St. Andrews in 2001. Initially, there were no romantic intentions on either end and they were simply friends. Famously, William attended an event where Kate modelled a see-through dress, which is probably the moment he decided to date her. However, there was one tiny wrinkle…she was already spoken for…meaning she had a boyfriend. They remained friends and Kate’s then boyfriend graduated and they broke up. Eventually, William and Kate dated but both were very young at the time. William wasn’t sure what he wanted and Kate was growing frustrated. They eventually broke up in early 2007 and it was reported that he “broke her heart”. During that time, she dealt with her pain and became very social. She could be seen at clubs showing William exactly what he gave up. Soon however, William began to recognize the error in his ways and they reunited, but Kate did not make it easy on him.
9. The Wedding Dress and The Uniform
Everyone can agree on what the most important and crucial aspect of any wedding is. It’s not the groom or the size of the ring, although those are pretty important too. The wedding could not happen without the wedding dress, and when the engagement was announced, all anyone could talk about was Kate’s dress. Sarah Burton of the fashion house Alexander McQueen designed the dress. The dress and the designer were kept secret until Kate appeared for the wedding. The anticipation and buzz for the dress was equal to the build-up for the wedding itself. The wedding dress became incredibly popular and many brides after her would copy her dress. However, what about the groom? Prince William had a special outfit made for the wedding. He wore a scarlet Irish Guards colonel’s uniform. Tailors Kashket and Partners designed the uniform. After trying on the uniform, William was concerned that he would “sweat profusely” and they made a few changes to the uniform to ensure that he wouldn’t sweat buckets under the hot lights of Westminster Abbey. They added material to absorb the heat, reduced the padding, and added sweat pads under the arms.
8. Wedding Memorabilia and Souvenirs
The wedding of William and Kate was considered such a huge event that it had and effect on business and people all over the U.K. The day of the wedding, April 29, 2011, was declared a bank holiday. Everyone wants to remember one of the most important days of their lives. Normally, it’s the family, the bride, and the groom that want the memories to last forever. Well, in this case everyone around the world wanted to be a part of, and remember this royal wedding forever. For some days prior to the wedding, several stores and businesses released memorabilia and souvenirs commemorating the event. There was the common memorabilia, such as, rings, mugs, and plates, which were all plastered with the images of Kate and William. However, some businesses really let the creative juices flow and there were some unconventional memorabilia, as well. This included Royal Wedding Sick bags, Kate and William dolls, Kate and William Pez dispensers, tea bag holders, William and Kate Gnomes, and even Papa John’s Kate and William Pizza.
7. Will And Kate – Huge Ellie Goulding Fans
Ellie Goulding is an English musician that can always say that a future King and Queen approve of her music. She released her first album in 2010 and quickly became a favorite amongst U.K. fans; she just didn’t know that she had some Royal fans as well. Ellie Goulding is best known for the hit singles “Lights”, “Anything Can Happen”, and her version of Elton John’s “Your Song”. She received a Brit Award and was nominated for a Grammy Award. She met Prince William at an event and was surprised to find out that William and Kate are pretty big fans. She didn’t think much of it until she was asked by the Royal Couple to perform at their wedding reception. One can only assume that this blew her mind and left her speechless. She noted that she kept it to herself and didn’t announce it to anyone. It was a private reception and she reportedly tore the house down as she performed several of her own songs and, of course, her cover of “Your Song”.
6. Kate’s First Public Event
When the couple first started dating, they actually attempted to keep the relationship secret. Both William and Kate were uncomfortable with the media attention. They made an agreement to not hold hands in public and not sit next to each other at dinner parties. The media and tabloids all speculated the two were an item, but didn’t have any concrete evidence until they were spotted together during a family ski vacation. Eventually they became open about their relationship and Kate finally attended her first public event. It was at William’s “Passing Out” Parade from the military on December 15, 2006. William completed the course at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the school gave him the rank of “Lieutenant Wales.” However, the real story at the event was Kate’s presence. She attended the event with her parents, as well as a party at the Commissioning Ball later that night. Despite the event being about Prince William, all the focus was on Kate Middleton.
5. Kate Did Her Own Make Up On Her Wedding Day
Being the girlfriend, fiancé, and later, wife of Prince William isn’t as easy and glamorous as it might seem. From the moment speculation arose that they were dating, she was hounded by photographers. It was very difficult for her to find a job after graduating from University. Due to the fact that she would someday be Queen, she couldn’t just have any job. She worked as the assistant accessories buyer with the British Clothing chain Jigsaw. Once the wedding was announced, it practically took over her whole life. As the day of the wedding drew closer, there were only a few questions being asked. What would Kate’s dress look like? How much would her dress cost? And where can I buy her dress? The dress generated a huge amount of buzz, but when it came to her makeup, Kate decided to go with a less extravagant approach. In fact, Kate did her own makeup after taking lessons.
4. Kate Loves Spice
Kate Middleton eats very healthy and tries to avoid indulging her sweet tooth. Which is unlike Queen Elizabeth II who is rumoured to be a chocoholic, according to former Buckingham Palace cook, Darren McGrady. Apparently, Kate doesn’t let that influence her. Kate generally eats lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables. She enjoys cooking and loves to make strawberry jam and has even considered opening a bakery with the proceeds going to the disadvantaged. She really does her best to eat healthy. If she ever has a sugar craving, she just goes for a blend of berries and almond milk. The Royal couple has been spotted at events munching away on popcorn but they do have a difference of opinion on certain foods. Kate Middleton is actually quite adventurous with her food preferences and loves Indian food and spicy food. Unfortunately, Indian food upsets Prince William’s stomach and he’s not a big fan of spicy food– just don’t let his enemies know that.
3. Royal Naughtiness
There is a good chance that, one day, we might be referring to William and Kate as ‘King and Queen’. There is also a good chance that Kate will have a special nickname for William when he becomes King. Currently, Prince William’s full title is: His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty The Queen. Sounds like William would make a good fit in the HBO series Game of Thrones. The only title he is missing is “Mother Of Dragons”. Although he has many names, Kate has a slightly different title for the possible future King: His Naughtiness, P. Willie and Big Willie.
2. The First Queen With A Degree
It’s no secret where Prince William’s career path will lead; someday, he’ll most likely be the King. He went to the finest schools and accompanied his parents on trips overseas to places like New Zealand. He later attended the University of St. Andrews where he met Kate. In order to get some real life experience he interned at HSBC, worked at Chatsworth House for some time, and eventually moved on to a career in the military. Kate had a slightly different journey to where she is now. She comes from a family of builders and coal miners on her mother’s side. Her mother went into a career as a flight attendant where she met Kate’s father. Later, her parents launched a very successful mail-order party company. The success of the business turned them into millionaires. Kate graduated from the University of St. Andrews with a degree in Art History. If all goes according to plan, one day Kate might be the Queen. This would make her the first Queen in history to have a University degree.
1. The Engagement Ring
Prince Charles and Lady Diana were engaged on February 3, 1981, and married on July 29, 1981 in what was dubbed a “fairytale wedding”. The ring was selected by Diana from the Garrard’s jewelry collection, which was uncommon at the time as most would have a custom-made ring. The ring is 18-karat white gold with 14 diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire. It’s widely known that Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in 2010 using the same engagement ring that belonged to Diana. This was William’s way of having his late mother included in his special day. For both William and Kate, the ring is very meaningful and significant. However, the ring hasn’t always been in William’s possession. Following their mother’s tragic death in 1997, both William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, chose one memento from their mother’s belongings. It was Harry who chose to keep his mother’s engagement ring, while William chose Diana’s yellow gold Cartier Tank Francaise watch. They later exchanged presents; likely around the time William would have considered proposing to Kate.