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A Look Back on Kate Middleton Prince William’s 2011 Wedding – Yahoo Entertainment

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On April 29, 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged vows at Westminster Abbey in London with the world watching. The reported $34 million wedding (with most of the budget going to security costs) was broadcast live in 180 countries for the first British royal ceremony in 30 years — it was a big deal!

Now, 13 years later, taking a look back at Prince and Princess of Wales’ special day seems like simpler times: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were alive and Prince William and Prince Harry shared the sweetest brotherly moment as Kate walked down the aisle with her dad, Michael Middletonthe family feud was still seven years away.

The stunning images from the procession show Kate as a blushing bride in an ivory satin dress with a gorgeous V-neck lace bodice designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. William looked handsome in his Irish Guards mounted officer’s uniform as he waited for his future queen to stand beside him in work and in life. The adorable bridal attendants stole the show, and the world was introduced to Kate’s younger sister, Pippa Middleton, who looked flawless her maid-of-honor gown.

It was a magical day for the future King and Queen of England, who went on to start a family in 2013 with the arrival of their son, Prince George. He was joined by sister Princess Charlotte in 2015, and brother Prince Louis in 2018, as the next generation of royals to carry on the legacy of the monarchy.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have certainly weathered a lot over their 13 years of marriage, but they are a united front, happily serving out their royal duty and remembering that fairy-tale moment when they both said, “I do.”

Take a look back at the special moments from the Prince and Princess of Wales’ wedding day.

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First Glimpse at Prince William

First Glimpse at Prince William

First Glimpse at Prince William

Prince William and Prince Harry wave to the crowds upon their arrival at Westminster Abbey.

A-List Guests

A-List GuestsA-List Guests

A-List Guests

Longtime friends of the royal family, David Beckham, and Victoria Beckham wore their wedding finest to attend Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton.

Pleased as Punch

Pleased as PunchPleased as Punch

Pleased as Punch

The palace made sure to invite one of Princess Diana’s favorite pals, Elton John, and his husband, David Furnish. The “Rocket Man” singer looked thrilled to be at the wedding.

Go Big or Go Home

Go Big or Go HomeGo Big or Go Home

Go Big or Go Home

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were the talk of the town for their flashy fascinators — it was an iconic fashion moment.

Breathtaking Bride

Breathtaking BrideBreathtaking Bride

Breathtaking Bride

Kate, escorted by her father, Michael Middleton, arrived at Westminster Abbey looking absolutely stunning.

Cuteness Alert

Cuteness AlertCuteness Alert

Cuteness Alert

Maid of Honor Pippa Middleton escorted the adorable pageboys and bridesmaids into Westminster Abbey.

Here Comes the Bride

Here Comes the BrideHere Comes the Bride

Here Comes the Bride

The procession down the aisle was picture-perfect as the first royal wedding in 30 years was about to take place.

With This Ring…

With This Ring…With This Ring…

With This Ring…

Prince William exchanged rings with his bride in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams inside Westminster Abbey and almost 2,000 guests.

Fab Four

Fab FourFab Four

Fab Four

Prince William takes Kate’s hand as she formally became, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Pippa fulfilled her maid-of-honor duties by carrying her sister’s long train.

Ray of Sunshine

Ray of SunshineRay of Sunshine

Ray of Sunshine

Queen Elizabeth II looked radiant in her yellow dress as she spoke to the then-Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Proud Uncles

Proud UnclesProud Uncles

Proud Uncles

Princess Eugenie, Prince Edward, Princess Beatrice, and Prince Andrew exited Westminster Abbey after the ceremony.

Jovial Harry

Jovial HarryJovial Harry

Jovial Harry

Prince Harry waved to the crowd as the carriage procession to Buckingham Palace began after William and Kate’s wedding ceremony.

Mr. & Mrs.

Mr. & Mrs.Mr. & Mrs.

Mr. & Mrs.

Kate and William traveled down The Mall to Buckingham Palace in a 1902 State Landau horse-drawn carriage following their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

The Crowds Celebrated

The Crowds CelebratedThe Crowds Celebrated

The Crowds Celebrated

Thousands of well-wishers from around the world flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the royal wedding.

Royal Wedding Merch

Royal Wedding MerchRoyal Wedding Merch

Royal Wedding Merch

A royal wedding souvenir teapot was for sale to celebrate Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton — all roads lead to a gift shop!

The Bride & Groom’s Parents

The Bride & Groom’s ParentsThe Bride & Groom’s Parents

The Bride & Groom’s Parents

Michael Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall greeted the crowds of admirers from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

The Kiss

The KissThe Kiss

The Kiss

Prince William and Kate kiss next to bridesmaids Grace Van Cutsem and Margarita Armstrong-Jones, who had hilarious reactions to the iconic moment.

The Reception Line

The Reception LineThe Reception Line

The Reception Line

Kate conversed with her VIP guests, including Governor-General of Canada David Johnston and Sharon Johnston at Buckingham Palace after her wedding to Prince William.

Getaway Car

Getaway CarGetaway Car

Getaway Car

Prince William and Kate looked ecstatic leaving Buckingham Palace on their way to Clarence House. They traveled in Prince Charles’ 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Volante decorated with bunting, ribbons, and balloons.

Wardrobe Change

Wardrobe ChangeWardrobe Change

Wardrobe Change

Kate changed into a second wedding dress that was also designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. She headed back to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following her wedding to Prince William.

A Night to Remember

A Night to RememberA Night to Remember

A Night to Remember

Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Charles leave Clarence House to travel to Buckingham Palace for a night of fun after such a memorable day.

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