Can you believe it's been two years since the world watched as Prince William and his bride, Kate Middleton, tied the knot? As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrate their second anniversary, we take a look back at their sweetest altar moments in Westminster Abbey on their wedding day, April 29. See Will and Kate exchanging vows and loving glances now!
Prince William and Kate Middleton are celebrating their second wedding anniversary! Two years ago on April 29, the two tied the knot in the wedding seen round the world, becoming the hottest young royal couple and earning their new titles Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. And although they are a modern couple in many ways, William and Kate carried on a long British tradition of elaborate and glamorous royal weddings with their big, big day! As the happy twosome celebrate two years of wedded bliss and a baby on the way, let's look at how Will and Kate's wedding stacks up to past royal weddings.
On April 29, expectant parents Prince William and Kate Middleton are celebrating their two-year wedding anniversary! In 2011, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tied the knot in a royal wedding seen 'round the world, breaking the record for the largest online live-streaming audience with a record 72 million live views from people across 188 countries. While many royal weddings don't garner the attention of Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day, they don't lack in lavishness.
Will and Kate's nuptials were part of a long tradition of elaborate royal weddings around the world. Last year, the tiny country of Luxembourg treated its Crown Prince Guillaume to an extravagant affair when he married Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy. The celebration, which reportedly cost around $650,000 and was funded by taxpayers, spanned multiple days and included a guest list packed with kings, queens, and other royals from around the world. In Brunei, Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah, the fifth daughter of Brunei's sultan, married Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini at her father's 1,700-room palace in front of 3,000 guests. A state dinner followed, and Queen Elizabeth II even sent her best wishes.
These royals make up some of the lesser-known but just as regal royals of the world. And just like the Brits, they know how to throw opulent weddings for members of their families. From the wedding for the future emperor of Japan in 1924 to Grace Kelly's Monaco spectacular in 1956 to Will and Kate's big day on April 29, 2011, here is a guide to the world's royal weddings over the years.
Royal watchers already know Zara Phillips, granddaughter to Queen Elizabeth and 13th in line to the throne. The daughter of Princess Anne married English rugby player Mike Tindall last Summer. An athlete herself, Zara and her horse, High Kingdom, have won a spot to compete on the UK's equestrian team at the London Olympics. Maybe the home turf will bring her luck!
Unlike her cousins Princes William and Harry or Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Zara doesn't carry a title. Princess Anne declined a title for her children, and they don't use the HRH style. Zara, 31, is an accomplished equestrian, as well as an outdoor-fashion designer. And she almost represented Britain at the 2008 Olympics but had to withdraw from the team due to her an injury. Formerly a staple of British tabloids, thanks to her rocky relationship with jockey Richard Johnson, Zara has settled down, and the queen and Prince Philip were said to be "delighted" about her wedding.
Get to know Zara more with a look at her past public moments now. Lots of fun hats ahead — Beatrice isn't the only Windsor cousin who knows how to make a fascinator fashion statement.
This weekend is the Diamond Jubilee's big celebration in the UK, and if you're throwing a party for Queen Elizabeth's 60-year reign, you'll need a royally inspired costume! Whether you hope to channel the newlywed couple on their big day, sister Pippa Middleton in her infamous royal wedding bridesmaid gown, the princely brothers in their military uniforms, or Queen Elizabeth taking her pups for a walk, take some costume tips from the pros — royal look-alikes! These professional impersonators (and even the amateurs) make it their business to know how to replicate the British royal family members down to the last detail, be it their regal wave or pet corgis, so be royally inspired now!
Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in a beautiful ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London one year ago today! There were so many picture-perfect moments — we loved the star-studded guest list, the bride's gorgeous McQueen gown, the carriage processional, and, best of all, the balcony kisses!
In honor of Kate and Will's milestone, we're revisiting the iconic event. Click through to see highlights from the royal wedding including the queen, the Middletons, the gown, the newlyweds, and so much more! Congrats to Will and Kate.
A year ago today, jaws dropped as Kate Middleton married Prince William wearing not one, but two beautiful, bespoke Alexander McQueen wedding dresses and now, you can get the same look for less. At the royal wedding ceremony, Kate stunned in an elegant ivory duchesse satin and hand-embroidered lace Alexander McQueen wedding dress. The gown fit her perfectly and her choice of long lace sleeves spurred a wedding dress trend overnight. For the royal wedding's evening reception dinner at Buckingham Palace, Kate Middleton slipped into another Alexander McQueen dress. For her second look, Kate chose a white satin gazar and strapless silhouette, embellished with silver diamante embroidery at the waist. If you're a bride-to-be or merely shopping for the near future, check out these gorgeous Kate Middleton-inspired wedding dresses at all price points. We promise, there's one for every kind of budget.
Tomorrow marks Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding anniversary. It was a stylish, momentous event and if you're looking to take a walk down memory lane, we covered every aspect of Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding for you to peruse. Check out our roundup for the complete breakdown — ranging from an all-angle breakdown of Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen dress to what the guests were wearing — and tell us what you think about their big day. Congrats to the happy couple for one amazing year!
One year after her royal nuptials, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, always looks lovely and put together. So it's no surprise that many women are clamoring to mimic her style. Obviously, her good looks were handed down from her parents, but constantly being so well groomed requires a serious beauty regimen. While nobody but Kate knows her exact routine, we've uncovered a few products and treatments that are said to be her favorites — and added up the costs. As you can imagine, looking princess-perfect costs a pretty penny. Read on to see the breakdown.
Kate Middleton has mastered the art of ladylike-chic ensembles. For the London premiere of African Cats, the Duchess of Cambridge selected a gray peplum dress by Matthew Williamson with elaborate embellishment around the neckline and sleeves. The form-fitting frock hit just above the knee, and we like how she chose a neutral dress with bright accents. She polished off her outfit with go-to accessories, a black clutch, satin pumps, and her husband, Prince William, of course! The royal couple will be celebrating their one-year anniversary this Sunday, April 29. On Allison McNamara: Madewell top.