content-header__row content-header__hed” data-testid=”ContentHeaderHed”>Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Privately Congratulated Prince William and Kate Middleton on Their Tenth AnniversaryAnd a guest explained why he had to turn down a coveted invitation to that royal wedding a decade ago.
April 30, 2021
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Various royals posted tributes on social media on Thursday to commemorate Prince William and Kate Middleton's tenth wedding anniversary. But without social media accounts of their own, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle opted to express their warm wishes privately. as confirmed by People.
When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed at Westminister Abbey in 2011, Harry served as his older brother's best man. Some other members of the royal family chose to pen social media tributes to mark the occasion. Queen Elizabeth's official Royal Family Instagram account shared a number of photos of the pair, including their kiss on the Buckingham Palace balcony and two new portraits taken of the couple in honor of their anniversary. "Wishing The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a very happy wedding anniversary," the caption read. "Today marks ten years since Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at Westminster Abbey." Prince Charles and Camilla's Clarence House Instagram account also shared one of the new portraits of William and Kate to celebrate.
As media outlets continue to look back at William and Kate's big day, Garrison Sergeant Major Bill Mott revealed this week that he actually had to miss the wedding ceremony entirely, giving up his invitation to one of the biggest royal events of the century in order to do his job. Mott was asked to attend the royal wedding, as he's a veteran of organizing events like Trooping the Colour and had a close professional relationship with William and the rest of the family. But when his commanding officer said his services were needed to organize the hundreds of soldiers, air crew, and naval staff lining the streets of the newlyweds' ride back to the palace, he forfeited his tickets to his sister, Sarah-Jayne Scott and son Jonathan. “I was up at 'dark o'clock.' [Before the wedding] I had to mark the ground for the guard of honor and the street liners,” he told People. “Even at 4 a.m., there were people already waving their flags. They were thrilled to bits that he was getting married to the woman of his dreams. There was that euphoria. It was just a really lovely atmosphere — no negative vibes whatsoever.”
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