Kate Middleton Honored Prince William In the Sweetest Way On Their Wedding Day — In the Bouquet

Prince William and Kate Middleton finally had their “happily ever after” after dating for nearly a decade. The two wed back in 2011, and more than two billion people tuned in to watch the couple share their first kiss as husband and wife. And Kate Middleton made the sweetest nod to the groom on her big day — through her flower bouquet.

Prince William and Kate Middleton | Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

William and Kate dated for almost a decade before they wed

The duke and duchess first met when they were both students at University of St. Andrews in Scotland back in 2001. As freshman, they became close friends, though they didn’t start dating right away. But William spotted Kate at a campus fashion show several months later, and things quickly turned romantic.

The couple dated for about two years before taking a brief break in 2004, though they were back together quickly. In 2005, they graduated side by side, and by 2007, there was increased media pressure on William to propose. He wasn’t ready to fully commit, so he broke up with Kate. Within a couple months, though, he wanted her back — they rekindled the romance, and William proposed three years later in 2010.

The two pulled out all the stops for their royal wedding

William and Kate’s wedding was one of the most-watched (and most expensive) weddings of all time. The two spared no expense. Kate’s wedding dress cost a whopping $434,000, which was paid for by her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton. Kate also had a second wedding dress, which she wore for the reception. The couple had two wedding cakes, which both cost around $80,000, and the security for the wedding was a staggering $32 million. Plus, the two spent a surprising $1.1 million on flowers for the occasion.

Kate incorporated Sweet William flowers into her bouquet as a nod to the groom

Kate wanted to honor William on their special day, as she was clearly excited to marry him after waiting a while for him to get down on one knee. (Kate had earned the nickname “Waity Katie” because William had taken such a long time to propose.) The duchess incorporated sweet William flowers into her bouquet as a nod to her man. The white blossoms were clearly visible in Kate’s elegant, all green and white bouquet. The floral décor at the wedding was very elegant yet super subtle, despite costing so much money.

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton holds her wedding bouquet at Westminster Abbey in 2011 | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Kate’s wedding accessories featured something old, new, borrowed, and blue

Kate is a royal, and royals love tradition. Kate decided to wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue on her big day to keep with the longstanding wedding tradition of doing just that. The lace on her dress was old, and the earrings she wore were new. Kate borrowed a Cartier tiara from the queen to wear with her veil, and designer Sarah Burton sewed a blue ribbon into the dress for her “something blue.”

The duke and duchess had an immaculate celebration, but the day was ultimately about their love. And these days, the two seem to still have an incredibly strong relationship.