KATE MIDDLETON and her husband Prince William deliberately moved away from royal tradition during their 2011 wedding, according to an unearthed documentary.
Kate met William while they were both studying at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and quickly built up a friendship. Their romance began when they were living together with their mutual friends during their second year. Apart from a brief split in 2007, they appeared to be the ideal couple and royal fans speculated over when they might tie the knot continued for years before they confirmed their engagement in 2010.
As William is second in line to the throne and is expected to be King after his father Prince Charles, there has always been a great deal of interest in who he will choose as his bride and subsequent Queen consort.
Their wedding was a highly anticipated event with great significance for the Royal Family.
However, in the ITV documentary Prince William at Thirty uploaded to YouTube in 2012, the narrator explained: “Behind the scenes, William and Kate wanted to break with tradition and to do things their way.”
Royal commentator Katie Nicholl said: “Initially Buckingham Palace had drawn up a very extensive guest list, I think over 700 names of Heads of State, Kings and Queens around the world.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (Image Getty)
Kate and William’s balcony kiss (Image: Getty)
Royal reporter Roya Nikkhah added: “[William] then went to the Queen and said ‘Is this really the way it’s going to be?’
“And she said, ‘No rip that up! Invite who you want.’”
TV presenter Phillip Schofield then summarised the Queen’s approach to William’s wedding, implying she said: “Let’s do it your way, you invite your friends.”
William also proposed to Kate using his late mother Diana’s engagement ring – she died tragically from injuries sustained in car crash in 1997 so never met Kate.
During their engagement interview, William explained: “This was my way of keeping her close to it all.”
William used Diana’s engagement ring to propose to Kate (Image Getty)
Royal reporter Victoria Murphy said: “It was hugely personal moving decision and he did it because he wanted his mother to be part of the wedding and part of their happiness.”
The lavish ceremony took place on 29 April 2011 in Westminster Abbey. It was broadcast live on the TV and watched by millions. Thousands also gathered along the streets to wish the happy couple well when they left Westminster Abbey.
Ms Nikkah pointed out the other elements of the event which showed aspects of the royal couple personalities: “It was a mix of being a state occasion, incredibly formal incredibly grand, and a lot of personal touches.
“The hymns, the prayers, the flowers – all chosen by the bride and groom.”
However, as the narrator commented: “For a royal couple, even a private tenderness becomes a public expectation.”
Kate and William riding in a carriage on their wedding day (Image: Getty)
William and Kate with their children at Trooping the Colour (Image Getty)
The tradition of the royal kiss on the wedding day was set up by William’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, during their wedding in 1981.
The royal couple gather there following the official ceremony to wave to the crowds for the first time as husband and wife.
Yet, William and Kate kissed not once but twice while on the balcony, which was perceived as yet another break from the convention set up by William’s family.
William and Kate at the Remembrance service recently (Image Getty)
Kate did however, follow the convention of leaving her bouquet in Westminster Abbey after the official ceremony. She left it by the grave of the Unknown Warrior, copying the Queen Mother who started the tradition at her own wedding in 1923.
Their wedding day also marked the day when they became known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a gift bestowed upon them from the Queen.
The happy couple now live in Kensington Palace estate along with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK