A Cartwheeling Clergyman and 5 Other Unforgettable Moments From Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Sussex married on April 29, 2011 after so many years of courtship that fans were wondering if they’d ever make their relationship official. A whopping 23 million people tuned in to watch as Kate finally become a princess. It was like a fairytale come true.
Photos of the royal wedding show the beaming couple looking absolutely regal and in love. But Will and Kate were in danger of being upstaged by quite a few incidents on their special day, from Pippa Middleton’s derriere to a cartwheeling clergyman.
Ahead, check out the most memorable moments from Prince William and Kate’s epic royal wedding.
Pippa Middleton’s perky behind stole the show
Royal fans were blown away by how stunning Kate looked in her bridal gown, but perhaps the most popular person of all at the wedding was Kate’s little sister Pippa, who served as maid of honor. She caused quite a stir when making her debut in a form-hugging gown that showed off her figure — especially her butt.
“It’s a bit startling to achieve global recognition before the age of 30 on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom,” Pippa wrote in the foreword of her cookbook, as Evening Standard reported. “One day I might be able to make sense of this. In the meantime, I think it’s fair to say that it has its upside and its downside.”
A clergyman was caught on camera doing cartwheels
The excitement of the day was palpable, even in solemn places like church. After the ceremony was over, someone caught footage of a gleeful clergyman doing cartwheels down the aisle of Westminster Abbey while still dressed in his cassock. His identity remains a mystery.
“I think he was just reflecting the exuberance of the nation,” a spokesperson for the Abbey told The Guardian. “It [the cartwheeling] was after the wedding had long finished,” she continued, stressing the word “long.”
The wedding ring almost didn’t fit
Millions of viewers held their breath as William seemed to struggle with slipping the wedding ring onto his new bride’s finger. But we’ll just chalk this minor snag up to nerves, not a major mistake in sizing.
Luckily for all, after a few tense seconds, the Duke of Cambridge was able to slide the ring onto Kate’s finger and seal their union for good.
The ‘grumpy bridesmaid’ became one of the most iconic photos
So many photos of Will and Kate’s special day became instant classics, but perhaps the most well-known of all is the one of the young bridesmaid Grace Van Cutsem stealing the show by making a grumpy face and covering her ears while Will and Kate had their balcony kiss.
The roar of the crowd was too much for this three-year-old goddaughter of Prince William. She was not afraid to show it.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie wore some unusual hats
A formal occasion in British high society requires a fancy hat, and Prince William’s cousins Beatrice and Eugenie took that requirement to heart. They showed up in eye-catching fascinators that some royal fans admired, but that mostly received skeptical looks.
Princess Eugenie’s giant loop with ribbons was especially reviled and even compared to looking like a “toilet seat left up.” Eugenie later told Vogue that both she and her sister both cried over the public reaction to their hats, but they got the last laugh when Beatrice’s hat was auctioned for charity and earned £81,000 ($100,000) for Unicef Children In Crisis.
Larry the Cat got all dressed up for the occasion
Who would have thought a stray cat would become such a big part of William and Kate’s wedding? Larry the Cat, who currently has more than 300,000 followers on Twitter, is a famous stray tabby who lives on Downing Street in London. Photos of him dressed in a Union Jack bowtie waiting for the ceremony to begin became just as treasured as images of the royal newlyweds themselves.
Those are just a few of the memorable moments on Prince William and Kate’s big day, a royal wedding that will go down in history as one of the best ever.