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10 Facts You Didn't Know About That Royal Wedding!

21/01/2014
As the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Kate & William, celebrate their THIRD Wedding Anniversary - let's take a look at what we really missed about the BIG day! 

1) That AMAZING wedding dress, created by the very talented McQueen worker, Sarah Burton. Worth an estimated £250,000, the wedding gown was handstitched by dozens of seamstresses from the Royal School of Needlework. The bodice was designed in the 19th-century Carrickmacross design, and featured the national flowers of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, whilst the embroidered train was over 8-feet long. In honour of the 'something blue' tradition, a blue ribbon was sewn inside the gown, and the Carrickmacross bodice was the 'something old'.


2) Kate's sister, Pippa, was her Maid Of Honour. Kate had 4 bridesmaids, including three-year-old Grace Van Cutsem - the adorable goddaughter of Prince William who was snapped covering her ears as the crowds whooped down below. The bridesmaids wore dresses designed by Nicki Macfarlane.


3) Kate's bouquet of flowers featured Lily of the Valley, Hyacinth, Ivy and Sweet William. In keeping with the Royal tradition, she also opted to include a sprig of myrtle, clipped from a tree that still grows in a garden belonging to Queen Victoria. Widely considered to be the herb of love, the plant represents a long and happy marriage - after the ceremony the sprig is then planted in the bride's gardens by her maids. 

 
4) Kate married at the age of 29 - not it's certainly not old BUT - it does make her the oldest UK royal bride to date. After her mother-in-law, Princess Diana, Kate was the second royal bride to omit the vow to obey her husband.

 
5) Kate & William asked Fiona Cairns to make one of their wedding cakes, based on one of the prince's favourite recipes - containing over 17,000 chocolate biscuits. 
 
 
6) Retail experts have estimated that around 1,000 miles of bunting was sold in the run-up to the wedding day - most of which no doubt was used to decorate the numerous street parties taking place across the UK. Go you's!

 
7) Instead of wedding gifts, William and Kate asked guests to make donations to charities instead, raising over £1million for 26 causes. However, Mayor of London Boris Johnson gave the city-dwelling couple a rather unlikely wedding gift - a tandem. Hmmm...
 
 
8) William Hill offered odds of 8/1 that Prince Philip would fall asleep during the wedding service. It became one of the most popular bets that the firm have ever offered!

 
9) Following the wedding service, the bells of Westminster Abbey were rung to their 'full peal' - this is where the bells chime in no particular sequence for over three hours.
 

10) The married couple jetted off to the Seychelles for their honeymoon, spending 10 days holidaying on the paradise-like island. They stayed in a £4,000-a-night bungalow. Wow.
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