Happy ninth wedding anniversary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!
It’s hard to believe that it has been almost a decade since Kate Middleton walked up the aisle of Westminster Abbey with her father Michael to meet Prince William.
The couple have released a lovely photo from their special day to celebrate, alongside a very sweet message.
It shows them leaving the abbey hand in hand as a married couple after saying their vows.
Best man Prince Harry can be seen in the background with the little bridesmaids.
The official Kensington Palace Twitter account wrote: “Nine years ago today — thank you for all your lovely messages on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding anniversary!”
The couple are celebrating the day “privately” today, which was expected due to the coronavirus lockdown.
The couple’s wedding on April 29, 2011, was celebrated by people around the world and Brits were given an extra day off to mark the occasion.
Thousands travelled to London to try an catch a glimpse of the couple, and people up and down the country held street parties and gathered around the TV to watch the historical moment.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their friends and family headed to Buckingham Palace for a reception.
The royals and the Middleton family waved to well-wishers from the palace balcony, and Kate and William shared a sweet kiss with her new husband Prince William on the balcony to the delight of cheering and flag waving fans.
Kate wore a stunning Alexander McQueen wedding dress with lace detail, which many fashion lovers have said is their favourite royal dress to date.
But she changed into a beautiful Sarah Burton creation – a white satin dress with a diamante waistband – for the night time celebrations.
Kate finished off the look with an angora bolero cardigan and had a whole new hairstyle for the evening.
According to many of the guests one of the highlights of the glamorous event was Prince Harry ‘s Best Man speech.
A guest revealed: “Harry only said a few words, but it was so emotional. The entire room burst into applause.”
Wearing a fez hat Harry had started his speech by standing on the top table and describing the newlyweds as the “Dude and Duchess”.
As guests chuckled, he poked fun at William’s receding hairline and said he felt sorry for Kate marrying a “bald man”.
And there was barely a dry eye as Harry turned to William and told him: “Our mother would be so very proud of you.”
According to royal author Katie Nicholl his speech also contained some emotional moments.
She said: “It was affectionate, warm and funny and touched William deeply.
“The speech was peppered with Harry’s classic sense of humour, and he ribbed his brother: ‘William didn’t have a romantic bone in his body before he met Kate, so I knew it was serious when William suddenly started cooing down the phone at Kate’.
“Famous for his mimicry, Harry then impersonated his brother calling Kate ‘Babykins’, to much laughter from the guests.
“When he said the couple’s decade-long romance was his inspiration, there was a shy smile from Chelsy, while Kate shed a tear.”