The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may be the perfect royals today. But, Prince William and Kate Middleton broke a centuries-old tradition when they wed in 2011.
Kate and William married at Westminster Abbey with over 20 million people tuning in to watch the couple say their vows.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding was relatively traditional. It also and mimicked the nuptials of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in many ways.
However, on April 29, the couple broke royal protocol dating back 350 years.
According to a new book ‘The Duchess of Cambridge: How Kate Middleton Became A Future Queen’, by Jessica Jayne, William was the first member of the royal family to marry a commoner in over three centuries.
Also read: How Kate And William Broke Centuries Old Newly-Wed Royal Sex Tradition?
Ms Jayne writes: “All of those who have lambasted Kate and criticised her for being ‘common’ ate their words. Back in the old days, a commoner marrying into royalty may just be a dream”.
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“But times have changed now. Kate would be the first commoner to marry a prince in 350 years”.
Of course, Her Majesty had to give her approval of the marriage.
Following the announcement of their engagement, Queen Elizabeth revealed she was very much delighted by the news. While branded a ‘commoner’ by some, Kate has gone on to become loved by the British public for her grace, beauty and kindness.
In 2013, she gave birth to her first born, Prince George much to the public’s delight. Two years later, we saw the arrival of Princess Charlotte, and then Prince Louis in 2018.
Harry reportedly claimed that the couple had inspired him during his best man speech at their wedding.
He paid tribute to his brother and went on to tell guests that he loved Kate like a sister. In 2011 when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed, Harry was best man.
Even this was breaking a royal protocol. As it was the first time in history a royal had named a best man. Seven years later, when it was Harry’s turn to walk down the aisle, William repaid the favour by being his little brother’s best man.