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The Queen and I: William opens up about the grandmother whose advice he so values

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Prince William has revealed that when he ran into a hitch during wedding planning he turned to the one person who has seen it all.

 Prince William told how the Queen stepped in to help after he went to her for advice.

“Speaking to a royal biographer, Robert Hardman, he said “I came into the first meeting for the wedding, post-engagement, and I was presented an official list of 777 names — dignitaries, governors, all sorts of people — and not one person I knew,” he revealed. “They said: ‘These are the people we should invite.’ I looked at it in absolute horror and said: ‘we should start again.'”

His grandmother accepted, advising him to ‘bin the list. “I rang her up the next day and said: “Do we need to be doing this?” And she said: “No. Start with your colleagues first and then go from there. And she told me to bin the list,” he said. “And it’s advice like that, which is really key when you know that she’s seen and done it before.”

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One thing that was non-negotiable was his wedding outfit. “I was given a categorical: ‘No you’ll wear this,” recalled William. The stunning red outfit that made such an impact in Westminster Abbey reflected his status as Colonel of the Irish Guards, his most senior military rank, to which he had just been designated by the Queen.

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The future King – who initially wanted to delay life as a full-time royal in favour of continuing his RAF career – finds it very hard to believe that at his age, the Queen had already been on the throne for many years.

“Back then there was a different attitude to women. Being a young lady at 25 or 30 – and stepping into a job, which many men thought they could probably do better – must have been very daunting.

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He wonders at her agility and resilience under pressure.  “You see pictures of her and she looks calm, she’s poised, she’s elegant and she’s all the things she needs to be at 25. “You present her with a challenge and she’ll (get on) with it. And I think to be doing that for 70 years, it’s incredible.”

No wonder Prince William is a big fan of Queen Elizabeth and wants his wife, Kate, to follow in her footsteps. 

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