Kate and Prince William ‘one-upped’ Charles and Diana’s wedding in balcony kiss tradition


KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William decided to treat the public to two kisses on the Buckingham Palace balcony following their royal wedding.

“I think they forgot to kiss during the wedding.”

She added: “I love hearing people talk about it, saying yes this is the modern monarchy and the contrast between how we look at Kate and William as the modern monarchy. You keep moving the needle a little bit forward.”

“Well they kissed twice so they really did one-up their parents in comparison.”

Kate and William kissed twice

Kate and William kissed twice following their royal wedding (Image: GETTY images)

Prince Charles and Diana kissed on the balcony

Prince Charles and Diana began the tradition of kissing on the balcony (Image: GETTY images)

The Prince of Wales married 20-year-old Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral

Branded “the wedding of the century”, it was viewed by an estimated 750million people across the globe, with millions across the UK participating in street parties and events.

The couple had become engaged after a 6-month courtship and had only been on 13 dates before announcing that they intended to wed.

The 31-year-old Prince had known Diana for several years after he had previously romanced her older sister, Lady Sarah.

They also decided to omit the word ‘obey’, which received widespread attention at the time.

Following the service, the couple returned to Buckingham Palace for a balcony appearance and their wedding reception.

In front of an estimated 2million people down The Mall, the couple leant in for a kiss, a gesture that has since been repeated in all royal weddings.

The couple were married on April 29, 2011 after becoming engaged the previous October.

In contrast to Charles and Diana’s whirlwind romance, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had been in a steady relationship for over eight years after becoming friends at university.

They recently celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary, marking the occasion with a sweet video showing them with their three children; Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.


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