William and Kate: looking back on a decade of marriage
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have kept up united front during turbulent period for Royal Family
Today marks exactly ten years since Prince William and Kate Middleton vowed to “love, comfort, honour and keep each other” in sickness and in health as they wed at Westminster Abbey.
The couple had already been together for eight years when they tied the knot, having met as students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The wedding ceremony was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 2,000 guests, including David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John and Rowan Atkinson.
Much has happened in the decade that has passed since then. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have become parents to three children: Prince George, now seven, Princess Charlotte, who turns six on Sunday, and three-year-old Prince Louis. The busy couple have also spearheaded campaigns to tackle stigma around mental health, and founded the Earthshot Prize, which offers £50m in funding for projects to tackle the environmental crisis.
The same period has brought some less welcome changes for the Royal Family as a whole, which has been hit by allegations against Prince Andrew about his association with the late Jeffrey Epstein, and by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back as senior royals amid claims of racism. More recently, the Royals have been mourning the death of William’s grandfather, Prince Philip.
Throughout all the crises, as well as that facing the entire world as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, William and Kate have maintained a united front. As they continue to bolster the Covid-weary public by paying tribute to front-line workers, we look back in pictures at key moments in the royal couple’s lives since William first popped the question.