Royal Wedding Ceremony: Unexpected Surprises From William And Kate's Big Day

Date December 8, 2017

As we await another royal wedding coming up in May, next year, it may be interesting to look back and see how the last one went. All in all, Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wedding was the definition of elegance and fabulosity. However, as any bride or groom will tell you, no matter how much you plan, something will definitely go wrong. And evidently, being a member of the royal family does not exempt you from this rule.

William and Kate's engagement

Prince William announced his engagement to Kate, his college sweetheart, in November 2010. While describing how he proposed to his lady, William said:

It was about three weeks ago on holiday in Kenya. We had a little private time away together with some friends and I just decided that it was the right time really. We had been talking about marriage for a while so it wasn’t a massively big surprise.

He proposed to her with an 18-carat sapphire ring which once belonged to his mother, the late Princess Diana. They got married on April 29, 2011.

The big day

For the most part, or at least, from what we the fans and viewers could see, the wedding went splendidly. However, there were a few moments that did not quite go as planned.

1. Grumpy bridesmaids

Blink and you might have missed this iconic moment on the wedding day. During the balcony kiss between the bride and groom, a disgruntled three-year-old bridesmaid could be seen covering her ears and squeezing her face in a deep frown. Clearly, Grace Van Cutsem was not a fan of all the noise and attention.


Another one of Kate's bridesmaids, Eliza Lopes, granddaughter of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, also had a hard time. While riding in the cottage with Prince Harry, Lady Louise Windsor and page boy, Tom Pettifer, Eliza got so upset with all the noise that Prince Harry had to give the little girl a 'wiggly worm' to calm her down. 

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2. A slight ring debacle

After Will and Kate said their vows, while trying to place the ring on her finger, Will experienced a little challenge. The ring, for several seconds, refused to slip past her finger. He eventually got it on, though, and the ceremony continued.


3. A fallen horse

As they were leaving the church, a horse tripped on the parade route to Buckingham Palace. The rider, who fell off as a result, tried to bring the horse back under control but it bolted off and had to be eventually stopped by guards.


4. A terrified groom


Another regular part of life that also affects the members of the royal family is the wedding jitters. Former royal editor, Duncan Larcombe, told ELLE UK that Prince William was absolutely terrified on the morning of his wedding day. He had to take a few minutes to compose himself and his brother, Harry, was there to help.

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5. A sleep-deprived groom

Clearly, Willaim's case of the wedding jitters was quite intense. After the big day, the prince revealed that all the anxiety kept him from getting a good night sleep:

I slept for about half an hour.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding

We now know better than to assume the wedding coming up in May 2018 would go without a single hitch. But we still cannot wait to witness another royal wedding.

We bet having a supportive brother like William, who already went through it, will make things much easier on Harry. The Duke, by the way, is super excited about the upcoming nuptials.

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