Prince William and Kate Middleton had a breathtaking wedding ceremony that was held on April 29, 2011, at The West Minister Abbey, at the Windsor Castle. Prince William's best man was his younger brother Prince Harry, and the bride's maid of honor was Pippa Middleton, Kate Middleton's little sister. The bridal ceremony was officiated by John Hall who is the Dean of Westminster and Rowan Williams who is the Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the marriage, while Rowan Williams who is the Bishop of London preached the sermon.
This was a massive wedding as it was watched live by millions of people from all around the world. YouTube alone had about 72 million live streams while television audience in the United Kingdom alone was estimated to be about 26.3 million viewers. The wedding had two-page boys and four bridesmaids while they chose a traditional eight-tier cake design that was made by Fiona Cairns. The cake was a fruitcake that was covered in white icing and was decorated with sugar flowers.
On her wedding day, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a gown that was designed by Sarah Burton. It was made of satin, and it featured an overlaid lace bodice and appliqued skirt with floral designs applied on the silk net. The gowns veil was held in place by a Cartier Scroll tiara that was created in 1936 and had been bought by her majesty Queen Elizabeth's dad, King George VI for his wife, Queen Elizabeth. The Duchess of Cambridge complimented her exquisite wedding dress with diamond earrings and amazing shoes that had a lace pattern matched her gown.
The 2011 royal wedding had a stunning flower presentation, and the floral design was created by Shane Connolly. The florist used an elegant seasonal bouquet of lilies and the wedding venue, Westminster Abbey was filled with field maple trees and hornbeams. The idea behind all these decorations was to create a fresh spring atmosphere for the royal wedding. All flowers that were used had been British home-grown with some being cut from the royal estates. All flowers used in this wedding had their meaning. Lilies signified the return of happiness; ivy signified friendship & fidelity while myrtle signified the emblem of matrimony.
The Duke of Cambridge did not wear any band as is tradition and wedding band of the Duchess of Cambridge was made from Welsh gold. The wedding band was made by Wartski, who are the royal warrant holder and they created the ring from small amounts that had been in the royal family for many years. The royal couple had invited up to 1,900 people for the wedding service at the Westminster Abbey and about 600 people for the reception at Buckingham Palace that was hosted by non-other but her majesty the Queen.
The final list of guests consisted of 300 people who were to attend evening dinner that was hosted by Prince Williams's father, the Prince of Wales. The couple had requested people not to bring any gifts but instead to donate to charity. They even went ahead and created Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund which would assist charities from various places.