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Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrate 13th wedding anniversary – KATU

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Prince William and Kate Middleton on Monday celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary by sharing a photo on social media that was previously not made public.

The two posted a black and white portrait that photographer Millie Pilkington took on their big day.

13 years ago today!” they wrote.

They famously tied the knot on April 29, 2011 at at Westminster Abbey. Prince William’s brother, Prince Harry, served as the best man, while Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa, was the maid of honor.

The post was shared on X shortly after 8 a.m. ET. By 1 p.m., more than 1 million people viewed the photo, with many posting comments in celebration of them.

“Wow what a beautiful unseen photo! Happy Anniversary William and Catherine,” one person wrote.

“Happy Anniversary you gorgeous couple. Sending love and hugs in abundance to you both. Here’s to many more years of happiness for you two love birds,” another noted.

“Happy Anniversary to our future King & Queen!”

Pilkington also posted the photo and her well wishes for the royal couple.

“Wishing the @princeandprincessofwales the very happiest wedding anniversary. Can’t believe it is 13 years ago almost to the hour, that I took this portrait. So excited and honoured that they should wish to share it,” she wrote on Instagram.

Westminster Abbey marked the occasion by sharing a video on X of the newlyweds after their wedding ceremony. The two lovingly look at each other before walking out of the massive church hand-in-hand as wedding bells ring and spectators applaud and cheer.

A small shadow was cast on their anniversary, however, as the couple did not share a new photo.

In March, Kate, who is the Princess of Wales, announced she was diagnosed with cancer after she underwent abdominal surgery a few months prior.

My medical team therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy and I am now in the early stages of that treatment,” she previously said in a video statement. “This, of course, came as a huge shock, and William and I have been doing everything we can to process and manage this privately for the sake of our young family.”

There has been a global outpouring of support, including from King Charles III, who is also undergoing treatment for cancer, which was found after he was undertaking treatment for an enlarged prostate.

King Charles III said he is “so proud of Catherine for her courage in speaking as she did,” according to a statement previously released by Buckingham Palace.

Neither Kate nor the king have revealed what type of cancer they have or the stage at which it was being treated.

Kate’s announcement came after she apologized to the public for sharing what she described as a poorly edited photo of her with three children on Mother’s Day in the U.K. Major media outlets retracted the photo because it was manipulated.

“I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused,” she said at the time.

At “closer inspection it appears that the source has manipulated the image,” the Associated Press said in its request for subscribing organizations to pull the story. “No replacement photo will be sent.”

The palace said Prince William took the photo.

Kate, 42, and the prince, 41, have three children: Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 6.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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