Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, have been together for 20 years and have been married for half of that time since their royal wedding. They are thriving in their married life and are an example of a royal marriage done right.
Three children were born from their union: George (heir to the throne), Charlotte, and Louis. The thriving marriage of William and Kate, as well as their growing family, has piqued the interest of royal watchers all over the world, and it all began with their stunning wedding. Here are some interesting facts that you may not be aware of.
What was William’s motivation for marrying Kate?
Prince William and Kate Middleton have a strong marriage now, but it wasn’t always easy for them to get there. It’s necessary to go back a few years to understand why William married Kate. According to Cosmopolitan, William and Kate met in 2001 at St. Andrews University. At first, they were simply friends.
By 2003, their friendship had evolved into something more than that. They had a brief breakup in 2007, but their relationship remained strong until they married in April 2011. But why did they wait almost a decade before getting married?
There are a few things to think about. Both William and Kate went on to pursue their own careers after graduating from university. Kate went into the workforce, while William enlisted in the army. Before getting married, they both wanted to develop as individuals.
William also believed that he was too young to marry right after graduation. He was a man of his word, and he wanted to wait until he was at least 28 years old. When he married Kate, he was 28 years old. After his father, Prince Charles, was pressured into marrying Princess Diana, William wanted to be absolutely certain about getting married.
Despite having a strong relationship prior to marriage, it is clear that they waited for good reasons. Prince William simply did not want to be rushed into making such a significant decision, and he was not to be pushed into doing so.
What was the cost of Prince William and Kate’s wedding?
The royal wedding of William and Kate Middleton was one of the most memorable royal weddings. The splendor and beauty could not be matched. Royal fans from all over the world stayed up late or got up early to watch the wedding on television.
Princess watching parties were hosted by young girls, and even adult women hosted frilly watching parties. How much money does it take to put on a wedding like this?
According to Good Housekeeping, their wedding cost $34 million. The bride’s and groom’s cakes each cost $80,000. Kate’s gown cost $434,000, and the flowers were estimated to cost $1.1 million. Security alone cost $32 million to keep the royal family and their guests safe.
Details from Kate and William’s wedding ceremony
The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton did, in fact, cost an arm and a leg. It was extremely expensive, costing $34 million. It exuded magnificence and beauty on an entirely new level. However, there are even more lavish details that you may not be aware of.
The uniforms worn by William and Harry were sweat-proof. The princes need a way to avoid sweating excessively in Westminster Chapel, which is notoriously stuffy. Their uniforms were designed with less fabric and armpit pads.
Kate’s bouquet was meaningful in every way. Lily-of-the-valley, sweet William, ivy, myrtle, and hyacinth made up the bridal bouquet. The sweet William was a clear nod to the groom, while the myrtle was a nod to the royal family. Since Princess Victoria’s wedding in 1840, myrtle has been a staple in bridal bouquets.
Kate Middleton applied her own cosmetics. A princess-to-be might be expected to hire a makeup artist to take care of her face. Kate did hire a makeup artist to teach her how to do her makeup, but she did the soft romantic look herself.
With her jewelry, Kate paid homage to the Middleton family. According to Pure Wow, Kate’s earrings were a gift from her parents and featured an acorn and oak leaves, which are featured in the Middleton family crest.
Kate wore a royal family heirloom, “Something Borrowed.” Queen Elizabeth loaned Kate the tiara she wore on her wedding day. The tiara was given to the Queen on her 18th birthday by her mother, who had received it as a gift from King George.