The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been praised time and again for their modern approach towards royal duties and responsibilities.
Prince William and Kate announced their engagement in November 2010 and married at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. Their big day was watched by an estimated UK audience of over 24 million people.
The national event drew in the masses, with many vying for a prime spot along the procession route in London. Such was the demand that many dedicated royal fans admitted to waking up as early as 4.30am to nab their position.
Ever since their big day, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met with hundreds of members of the public – with many opening up about their memories of that special day back in 2011.
One particular exchange The Duchess of Cambridge had with a crowd of well wishers was revealed by Harper’s Bazaar. The short clip showed Kate greeting some dedicated royalists who told her that they “woke at 4.30 in the morning to see your wedding”.
Clearly taken back by their dedication, the well-humoured duchess simply responded: “I’m so sorry”, with an amused but slightly embarrassed look on her face.
While their wedding was extremely traditional and drew comparisons with many previous royal ceremonies, some fans may not realise just how many age old traditions were advanced for the historic event.
As a result, there were very few seats remaining for guests of the couple’s choosing which is said to have angered William and prompted him to speak with his grandmother, The Queen.
Speaking on BBC’s documentary Royal Wedding: A Day to Remember, royal expert Roya Nikkhah says that the prince was confused when he was handed the suggested guestlist and realised he and Kate didn’t really know anyone on the list.
She explained: “When the guest list was drawn up [William] was very bemused and had a conversation with the Queen to say ‘I don’t know any of these people’.
“He wasn’t very happy about it. The Queen just said to him, rip that list up and start where you want to start from and invite who you want – and that’s what they did.”
Instead, they filled Westminster Abbey with their friends, family, old colleagues, school pals and people who had supported them over the years.
An altered guest list is not the only major break with tradition that took place at Prince William and Catherine’s wedding. During their engagement interview with journalist Tom Bradby, the couple were asked many questions and one answer revealed that Prince William had broken a major tradition when he proposed.
The Duke was asked if he had spoken to Michael Middleton before he asked for his daughter’s hand in marriage. William confessed that he hadn’t asked as he feared what he might say.
He said: “Well, I was torn between asking Kate’s dad first and then the realisation that he might actually say ‘no’ dawned upon me.
“So I thought if I ask Kate first then he can’t really say no. So I did it that way round. I managed to speak to Mike soon after it happened really and then it sort of happened from there.”
A selection of other changes were also made for the ceremony, these included allowing The Duchess of Cambridge to wear her brunette locks down, rather than in a sleek up-do like previous royal brides and breaking with tradition for the colour of Pippa Middleton’s Maid of Honour gown.