Royal REBEL: How Kate Middleton BROKE 350-year-old tradition with Prince William
KATE Middleton and Prince William may be the perfect royals today, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge broke a centuries-old tradition when they wed in 2011.
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Kate Middleton and Prince William married at Westminster Abbey in 2011 with over 20 million people tuning in to watch the couple say their vows. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding was relatively traditional, and mimicked the nuptials of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in many ways. However, on April 29, Kate and Wills broke royal protocol dating back 350 years.
According to book “The Duchess of Cambridge: How Kate Middleton Became A Future Queen” by Jessica Jayne, Prince William was the first member of the royal family to marry a “commoner” in over three centuries.
Ms Jayne writes: “All of those who have lambasted Kate and criticised her for being ‘common’ ate their words.
“Back in the old days, a commoner marrying into royalty may just be a dream but times have changed, Kate would be the first commoner to marry a prince in 350 years.”
Of course, the Queen had to give her approval of the marriage – a royal tradition even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle honoured.
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Following the announcement of their engagement, the Queen revealed she was “delighted” by the news.
While branded a “commoner” by some, Kate has gone on to become loved by the British public for her grace, beauty and kindness.
In 2013, she gave birth to Prince George much to the public’s delight.
Two years later saw the arrival of Princess Charlotte, and then Prince Louis in 2018.
Yesterday, Express.co.uk revealed how Kate and William played a key role in Prince Harry’s decision to ask Meghan Markle for her hand in marriage.
Harry reportedly claimed that the couple had “inspired” him during his best man speech at their wedding.
He paid tribute to his brother and went on to tell guests that he “loved Kate like a sister”.
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In 2011 when Kate and Wills wed, Prince Harry was best man, which broke royal protocol as it was the first time in history a royal had named a best man.
Seven years later, when it was Harry’s turn to walk down the aisle, William repaid the favour by being his little brother’s best man.
Years after being “inspired” by his brother and his wife’s romance, Harry wed actress Meghan Markle in front of millions of people.
The couple tied the knot at Windsor’s St George’s Chapel accompanied by members of the royal family including the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK