When did Prince William and Kate Middleton get married?

All you need to know about when the Prince and Princess of Wales tied the knot

a close up of Prince William and Kate Middleton leaving the church on their wedding day in 2011

The love story of the new Prince and Princess of Wales is about to be aired on the upcoming Season 6 of Netflix’s The Crown and it’s prompting viewers to ask when did Prince William and Kate Middleton get married?

It's been over a decade since Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot, but most royal fans can still recall several stunning moments from that history day and these will play out in the new series of The Crown, which will also see Prince William dealing with his mother’s death.

There’s no denying that Prince William and Kate’s love story is one that has captured the hearts of many - the viewing figures speak for themselves in which an incredible 26 million people in the UK had tuned in to see the next in line to the throne in the royal line of succession wed his future Queen of England on that unforgettable spring day. And that's not including the thousands of royal fans who descended on London's Mall, hoping to catch a glimpse of the happy couple. It was almost as many as those who tuned in to see his mother Princess Diana marry Prince Charles (28.4m UK viewers) However, Charles and Diana had a staggering 750 million viewers worldwide. 

The royal couple marked their 10th wedding anniversary in 2021 with some specially commissioned portraits that show the two just as much in love now as they were then, as we look at all you need to know about their marriage…

When did Prince William and Kate Middleton get married?

Prince William and Kate Middleton were married on Friday 29 April 2011. The day became a special one-off Bank Holiday in the UK, giving people across Britain the chance to watch and join in the royal celebrations.

All eyes were on Kate Middleton in her stunning ivory lace sleeved gown, custom made by designer Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The embroidery on the dress and her veil was delicately hand-sewn by workers from the Royal School of Needlework.

Kate Middleton arrives in her wedding dress for her wedding to Prince William

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The 19th century style lace used was Kate’s ‘something old’ whilst a blue ribbon was sewn inside the dress for her ‘something blue’. The blushing bride finished her wedding look off with the Cartier Halo Tiara, loaned to her by The Queen.

The bride paid a sweet tribute to her groom in her wedding bouquet, which included some aptly-titled Sweet William flowers, alongside lily of the valley and the royal tradition of myrtle.

Prince William and Prince HArry arrive at Westminster Abbey for the royal wedding

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William also looked smart in his red Colonel of the Irish Guards uniform, which was chosen by the Queen. Upon seeing his bride at the altar, the Prince, who at the time went by the Duke of Cambridge title, told Kate, “you look beautiful”.

How old was Kate Middleton when she got married to Prince William?

Kate Middleton was 29-years-old when she got married and Prince William was 28-years-old on his wedding day. The royal couple have an age-gap of five months between them, with Kate born in January and William’s birthday in June of the same year.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were both 21 when they met at the University of St Andrews. Their relationship was confirmed publicly in 2004 after photographs surfaced of them on a ski trip together.

Kate Middleton and Prince William pose together at St Andrews

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But their relationship hasn’t always run smoothly, William and Kate broke up in 2007 but went on to rekindle their relationship just 10 months later.

After seven years of dating, Prince William romantically proposed to Kate on Safari in Kenya.

The couple shared the happy news one month later in November 2010. At the time Prince Charles told the press he was “obviously thrilled” by the engagement.

Kate showed off her ring, a 18-carat sapphire and diamond ring that once belonged to Princess Diana, during an engagement interview with ITV.

Royal expert Angela Levin claims Kate saved Prince William by helping him deal with the loss of his mother. The two were firm friends before turning romantic and it was later revealed that Kate and William made a marriage pact during their brief split. This involved them marrying each other if they were both single at a certain age.

Luckily, the pair realised they were meant to be, reuniting and marrying much earlier - giving the UK one of the most memorable royal weddings of all time.

Where did Prince William and Kate Middleton get married?

Prince William and Kate Middleton were married at Westminster Abbey in London. The couple exchanged vows in the same beautiful, historic venue that the Queen said 'I do' to Philip more than 75 years prior.

The chapel was a carefully considered venue, being the setting for every royal Coronation since 1066. It has also seen sixteen royal weddings, including the Queen’s and Princess Margaret’s nuptials. Plus, the weddings of the Queen’s children, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew.

Prince William and Kate Middleton with he father Michael at their wedding

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Kate was escorted down the 85-foot aisle by her father, Michael Middleton. Prince William is said to be fond of his in-laws, having helped them adjust as parents of a future queen.

Michael and his daughter were followed by Kate’s maid of honour - her sister Pippa Middleton. Now a mum-of-three, to son Arthur, five, and daughters Grace, two and Rose, one, Pippa became an internet sensation on the day for her pert posterior framed by her Alexander McQueen gown.

Pippa was in charge of escorting the four bridesmaids and two page boys down the aisle after the bride. This included Lady Louise Windsor, the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex and Eliza Lopes, the granddaughter of Queen Camilla, who was known by the Duchess of Cornwall title at the time.

Pippa Middleton and Margarita Armstrong-Jones both bridesmaids at William and Kate's wedding

Pippa Middleton and bridesmaid Margarita Armstrong-Jones leave the Gorin Hotel ahead of the wedding. (Credit: Joel Ryan/AFP via Getty.)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned to their wedding venue in 2021 for a very poignant reason. The couple appeared at Westminster Abbey to mark a year since the first Covid lockdown. It is here where they paid their respects to victims lost during the pandemic. In 2022 they also attended the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

What royals attended William and Kate's wedding?

The Queen and Prince Philip watched their grandson wed his longtime girlfriend in front of 1900 guests. The guest-list was a mix of friends, family and A-list royalty. William and Kate’s wedding was attended by all members of the British Royal Family.

Prince Harry played an important role as William’s best man on the day. With William returning the favour in the same role at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018.

Any nerves William had at the altar were calmed by Harry, who told his brother how beautiful his bride looked.

Kate, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip and Prince Harry on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

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According to royal author Marcia Moody, in her 2013 book Kate: A biography: "Harry looked back as Kate started walking down the aisle and told his brother, 'Right, she is here now.'" The royal best man then said, "Well, she looks beautiful, I can tell you that."

According to royal experts Prince Harry made Kate cry happy tears with his heartfelt and humorous best man’s speech at the couple’s wedding reception. 

William’s cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie who married Jack Brooksbank were also present at the nuptials. They received a lot of attention for their royal wedding outfits, with many fixated by their elaborate headwear.

The Queen and Prince Phillip leave Westminster Abbey, followed by Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie

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Figures of foreign royalty were also invited to the special affair. Notable figures included Prince Albert of Monaco, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, and the King and Queen of Malaysia.

Celebrities including Victoria and David Beckham, Elton John and Joss Stone also made the guest list. Whilst ambassadors and politicians across the Commonwealth were also in attendance, with Britain’s then current Prime Minister David Cameron, and his wife Samantha present at the nuptials.

David and Victoria Beckham amongst guests at Prince William and Kate Middleton wedding

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What song did Kate Middleton walk down the aisle to?

Kate Middleton walked down the aisle to I was glad by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry from Psalm 22. The song was specifically chosen by the couple and has long been associated with royalty.

The anthem was first written and played at Westminster Abbey for King Edward VII’s coronation. He was William’s great-great-great grandfather. The song was also performed at the Queen’s coronation in 1953 and again to celebrate her Golden Jubilee in 2002.

A long shot of inside Westminster Abbey on Prince William and Kate Middleton wedding day

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It is thought that the song was an additional tribute to William's late mother Princess Diana. I was glad was played during Charles and Diana’s wedding day at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1981.

Whilst the music remained traditional during the ceremony, modern favourites were played at William and Kate’s evening reception. British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding performed her cover of Elton John’s Your Song for the couple’s first dance.

The couple took to the floor for the occasion, with Kate stunning in her second wedding dress of the day - another Sarah Burton designed satin dress with a full skirt and jewelled belt.

Kate Middleton and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Buckingham Palace.

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Did Kate and William live together before marriage?

Yes, Kate Middleton and Prince William lived together before they got married. And in fact the duo were actually the first royal couple permitted to do this, making it into the royal history books.

In 2011, Kate joined William in Anglesey, Wales where the prince was completing his Royal Air Force pilot training. The couple rented a four-bedroom farmhouse on the Bodorgan Estate from Lord and Lady Meyrick. Which came complete with a private beach and stunning views of nearby Newborough Forest.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge remained here after their wedding and for a few months following Prince George's birth in July 2013. They then relocated to Kensington Palace, London - most specifically Apartment 1A before moving in 2022 to four bedroom Adelaide Cottage on the Windsor estate, with their children Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight and Prince Louis, five, all attending Lambrook school.

Upon their departure from Anglesey, William said at the time, "This island has been our first home together, and it will always be an immensely special place for us both. Catherine and I look forward to returning again and again over the coming years with our family."

In other Royal news, you might like Queen Elizabeth II - a look back on her life, or Camillagate: True story behind Charles and Camilla's leaked phone recording.

Emily Stedman
Features Editor

Emily Stedman is the former Features Editor for GoodTo covering all things TV, entertainment, royal, lifestyle, health and wellbeing. Boasting an encyclopaedic knowledge on all things TV, celebrity and royals, career highlights include working at HELLO! Magazine and as a royal researcher to Diana biographer Andrew Morton on his book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess. In her spare time, Emily can be found eating her way around London, swimming at her local Lido or curled up on the sofa binging the next best Netflix show.

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