On the outside it may sometimes seem like the royals are practically perfect. Every time they step out the door, their hair is done, their outfit is planned to perfection and there is nary an eyelash out of place.
But even royals have slip ups from time to time—and even on the biggest day of their lives.
When the pair were wed in 2011, there were quite a few hiccups on the day that have now faded from memory.
Here, the behind-the-scenes missteps you didn’t know were made.
Prince William almost couldn’t get Kate’s ring on
Even though Prince William chose not to receive a wedding ring on the day, there was still a ring for Kate—which might have been a tad too small. After the two said their vows, William tried to slip the ring onto Kate’s finger, but couldn’t get it past her knuckle for several seconds.
“Kate asked Wartski, who made the ring, to make it a size smaller so it didn’t slip off,” Kate Nicholl wrote in the Daily Mail. “She had her engagement ring resized because she’d lost weight and didn’t want the same problem with her wedding ring slipping off. It has now become a subject of amusement to her and William.”
A startled horse threw its rider in front of Kate and Wills
The procession leaving the church was almost interrupted when a horse tripped on the parade route to Buckingham Palace. The dismounted rider attempted to rein in the horse and pull it off to the side, but instead it bolted and ran down Whitehall until it was stopped by guards. Luckily, no one was hurt.
Prince William was sleep deprived
Nerves are to be expected, but sleep deprevation is a whole different beast. Apparently Prince William’s anxiety kept him up all night and he only had half an hour of sleep before the wedding.
“They were singing and cheering all night long, so the excitement of that, the nervousness of me and everyone singing—I slept for about half an hour,” the Prince said after the big day.
The bride and groom’s wedding kiss was photobombed by a bridesmaid
During one of the most iconic moments of the whole day—the balcony kiss (the one which Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will likely not have)—a disgruntled bridesmaid stole the limelight.
Grace van Cutsem, who was three at the time, was not a fan of all the noise from the crowd and had a frown, as well as covered ears, in the shot.
One of Kate’s bridesmaids had a tiff
Another one of Kate’s bridesmaid, Eliza Lopes—Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall’s, granddaughter—had a hard time at the wedding, too. When riding in the carriage with Prince Harry, Lady Louise Windsor and page boy Tom Pettifer, little Eliza got quite overwhelmed by all the noise and people. To calm her down, Prince Harry produced a $1 ‘wiggly worm’ from his pocket, which she loved so much she snuck it into the official royal portrait.
“I was so worried about Eliza. She is such a lovely little thing and looked so gorgeous in her dress but it was a very big occasion for a child of her age,” said Camilla of Eliza. “Harry pulled this wiggly worm out of his pocket in the carriage to keep them amused. Eliza loved it so much that she wouldn’t let go and it even made the official photographs.”
“Can you believe it? She was holding onto my finger but in her other hand was this worm.”
Prince William was “terrified” on the morning of his wedding
Before heading off to the church to meet his bride, Prince William was reportedly “terrified”. The Prince was getting ready with his brother, Prince Harry, and had to take a few minutes to compose himself.
“Before Kate arrived, William went to compose himself with Harry in a room just off Poet’s Corner [an area in Westminster Abbey],” former royal editor Duncan Larcombe told ELLE UK.
“We were sat near there so they both walked straight past us and William looked absolutely terrified. They came out afterwards and gave a deep breath.”
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