It is the Month of April and what better way to celebrate wedding season than to look back on some famous historical weddings. Over the past few weeks, we have taken a glimpse at some of the most world-renowned weddings. Today we conclude our Famous Historical April Weddings sequel with the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
On April 29th, 2011 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge got married at Westminster Abbey in London. The venue was significant to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge because that was where the Prince’s grandparents Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were married (November 20, 1947) and where his mother’s funeral service was held (1997).
Nearly 1,900 guests attended the wedding, including heads of state of the Commonwealth, crown royals from around the world, and friends and family of the couple. The wedding was televised and live-streamed across various platforms for the world to see. Prime Minister David Cameron proclaimed their wedding day to be a national holiday. However, the wedding was dubbed a “semi-state wedding” rather than a formal state occasion because Prince William, Duke of Cambridge was neither the sovereign nor the direct heir to the throne.
THE WEDDING GOWN
THEIR LOVE STORY
THE ENGAGEMENT RING
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge proposed to the Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Diana’s iconic sapphire and diamond engagement ring designed by Garrard. The engagement ring fit for a princess features an oval sapphire as the center stone, surrounded by 14 sparkly solitaire diamonds in a white gold setting. Industry experts say this famous royal engagement ring is about 12 carats and is now worth approximately $500,000.
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a wedding band made of traditional Welsh gold that is owned by the royal family. However, the Duke of Cambridge broke tradition and opted to forego wearing a wedding band entirely, because of his personal distaste for jewelry.
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Written by Bianca Mac Donald