Queen Elizabeth Allowed Prince William and Kate Middleton To Break Royal Protocol At Their Wedding
Unlike Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle who are known for doing things their own way —Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton have been pretty traditional when it comes to sticking to royal rules. Since Prince William will be King of England one day –the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can’t be quite as relaxed as the Sussexes when it comes to certain protocols.
From reigning in the PDA to wearing stockings and traditional royal garb, Prince William and Kate Middleton have rarely broken royal rules. However, with Queen Elizabeth’s permission, they broke royal tradition at their wedding in a major way.
How did Queen Elizabeth allow Prince William and Kate Middleton to break royal protocal at their wedding?
After almost ten years of dating, Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton finally tied the knot on April 29, 2011. However, due to their royal status, the couple was overwhelmed by the number of people they were required to send invitations to. That didn’t even include the millions of people who watched them get married on national TV. In her book, Kate: A Biography royal author Marcia Moody said, “[The prince] was presented with a list of hundreds of people who he should invite and [William] felt his heart sink.”
Luckily, Queen Elizabeth –or Granny as they call her came to the royal couple’s rescue. According to Express U.K, the queen secretly told Prince William he could “tear up” the formal guest list for his royal wedding.
Why did Queen Elizabeth allow Prince William and Kate Middleton to tear up the formal guest list for their royal wedding?
A wedding is supposed to be about the couple. However, with hundreds and hundreds of people on their guest list –the Cambridges knew that they wouldn’t be able to add many personal touches or invite as many of their close friends as they had wanted.
Luckily, Queen Elizabeth adores her grandchildren, and she is very sympathetic to the pressures of being royal and living life in the public eye. Therefore, to make her grandson and new granddaughter-in-law happy, she broke the rules. Moody explained, “He spoke to the Queen and she told him to tear up the list, invite his friends and start from there.”
Though their big day was a whirlwind, Prince William and Kate Middleton got the personal touches that they wanted. Prince Harry and Middleton’s sister Pippa Middleton decorated the Buckingham Palace Throne Room with disco balls, bowls of the newlyweds’ favorite candy, and cocktails for a pre-reception party. The couple also had a massive champagne tower.
How did Prince William propose to Kate Middleton?
By the time Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in 2010 –the duchess had been dubbed “Waity Katie” since she had been waiting so long for a marriage proposal. In fact, her mother, Carole Middleton was growing quite concerned. Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl told Vanity Fair, “I know that it was the Christmas of 2009 when [Kate’s mother] Carole was getting quite concerned. Kate was nearing 30, there was still no ring on her finger.”
Luckily, Middleton would have a ring on it before the end of the following year. In the fall of 2010 during a romantic trip to Kenya, Prince William finally popped the question with Princess Diana’s ring. He said later, “I didn’t really plan it that far in advance. I just knew I wanted it to feel comfortable where I did it. [The ring] was my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement. It’s very special to me. As Kate’s very special to me now, it was right to put the two together.”
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