Kate Middleton and Prince William: 10 Rare Photos From Their Royal Wedding

In honor of their ninth wedding anniversary, we are reflecting on the royal wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. On April 29, 2011, the longtime couple, who met while attending college in Scotland, married in a wedding ceremony that looked straight out of a fairytale. Ahead, check out rare photos from their royal wedding. 

Kate Middleton and her father arrived at the church

Catherine and William married at the historic Westminster Abbey in London, England. Where many royal events have taken place, the bride arrived with her father, Michael Middleton. From this birds-eye view, it’s easy to appreciate the sheer size of the church and Catherine’s stunning train.  

Kate Middleton and father, Michael Middleton, enter Westminster Abbey
Kate Middleton and father, Michael Middleton, enter Westminster Abbey | Richard Pohle – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince William and Kate Middleton left the church hand in hand

While there are many photos of the couple leaving Westminster Abbey following their wedding ceremony, there are still some we haven’t seen. This is one of them.

Kate Middleton and Prince William leaving West Minster Abbey following royal wedding
Kate Middleton and Prince William leaving West Minster Abbey following royal wedding | Tom Pilston – WPA Pool/Getty Images

And so is this.

Prince William and Kate Middleton leave Westminster Abbey, 2011
Prince William and Kate Middleton leave Westminster Abbey, 2011 | Suzanne Plunkett-WPA Pool/Getty Images

We’ve seen plenty of pictures (and videos) of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge exiting the church but these ones, from this particular vantage point, are new to us. 

The couple left Buckingham Palace in a car belonging to Prince Charles

Following their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey, Catherine and William left Buckingham Palace in a blue 1969 Aston Martin belonging to the groom’s father, Charles, Prince of Wales

Prince William and Kate Middleton leave Buckingham Palace in a convertible
Prince William and Kate Middleton leave Buckingham Palace | Antony Jones/Julian Parker/Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

The newlyweds waved to onlookers as they made their exit in the convertible decorated for the occasion with balloons and the license plate “Ju5t Wed,” according to The Telegraph. 

Kate Middleton and Prince William started their carriage procession

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greeted crowds during a carriage procession. While we’ve seen close-up shots of this particular part of their royal wedding, we never realized just how grand the carriage procession had been until we saw this photo. 

Kate Middleton and Prince William during carriage procession at royal wedding
Kate Middleton and Prince William during carriage procession at royal wedding | Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Prince William helped Kate Middleton out of carriage following procession

After greeting well-wishers during the traditional carriage procession, William and Catherine arrived back at Buckingham Palace where the groom helped the bride climb out of the carriage while others minded her train that measured nine feet.

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at Buckingham Palace following royal wedding
Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at Buckingham Palace following royal wedding | Andrew Winning – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Kate Middleton’s father helped her with her veil

The father of the bride, Michael Middleton, lifted Catherine’s veil as the bride and groom’s wedding ceremony got underway.

Michael Middleton lifts Kate Middleton's veil at her royal wedding to Prince William in 2011
Michael Middleton lifts Kate Middleton’s veil | Clara Molden – WPA Pool/Getty Images

The bride and groom bowed to Queen Elizabeth

Keeping with royal protocol, William and Catherine bowed to Queen Elizabeth II. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton bow to Queen Elizabeth II at their royal wedding, 2011
Prince William and Kate Middleton bow to Queen Elizabeth II at their royal wedding | Andrew Milligan – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Following closely behind with their backs to the camera are William’s brother, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Catherine’s sister, Pippa Middleton, who served as the best man and maid of honor. 

Kate Middleton comforted a bridesmaid

While waving to onlookers on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, Catherine took a moment to talk to bridesmaid (and William’s goddaughter), Grace van Cutsem, who didn’t appear to like the noise. 

Kate Middleton and Prince William on Buckingham Palace balcony at their royal wedding
Kate Middleton and Prince William on Buckingham Palace balcony at their royal wedding | George Pimentel/WireImage

They greeted guests

As can be expected, royal weddings bring out celebrities, dignitaries, and heads of state. William and Catherine’s wedding proved to be no exception. At Buckingham Palace following their wedding ceremony, the bride and groom greeted a line of people. Here’s the Duke of Cambridge saying hello to the now-former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard. 

Prince William meets Prime Minister of Australia at 2011 royal wedding
Prince William meets Prime Minister of Australia at royal wedding | Ian West – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Here’s hoping the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release a never-before-seen photo in honor of their wedding anniversary.