The preparations for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding were so thorough that they even had a lawyer at Westminster Abbey in case someone opposed them getting married.
The revelation by the then Dean of Westminster, Dr. John Hall, is one of dozens of new details about the couple’s courtship, engagement and marriage, included in a special issue of Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine today celebrating the 10th wedding anniversary of the couple this month to celebrate. .
It was Dr. Hall who had to utter the words during the service: “If anyone can show a good reason why they cannot be lawfully joined, let him speak now or he will be silent forever after this.”
He said, “One of my colleagues said,” You really need to have a lawyer on hand just in case, “so we did.
“Although we knew it would all work out, we did have a lawyer in the wings.”
Preparations for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding were so thorough that they even had a lawyer at Westminster Abbey in case someone protested their marriage
The Dean admits he was so nervous that he left the Queen and other senior royals at the back of the Abbey chatting, forgetting to give a signal for the music to begin and for Her Majesty to continue. to go to the abbey.
Another fascinating new detail is how the BBC had to fight to get two of the beautiful trees Kate ordered to decorate the abbey moved at the last minute because they blocked two of their remote cameras.
Ed Stourton, the abbey’s sole presenter for the wedding, also recalls his sheer dread when he thought he should describe the bride’s dress to the world.
And when William and Kate went to taste with star chef Anton Mosimann, who had previously held two Michelin stars and was in charge of their wedding banquet, Kate dared to propose an improvement to one of his recipes. He admitted she was right and offered her a part-time job if she ever needed it.
Wedding cake maker Fiona Cairns, tasked with creating their eight-level creation, reveals she was so scared about safety that she needed help from the boys in blue.
Wedding cake maker Fiona Cairns, tasked with producing their eight-level creation, reveals she was so scared about its safety that she needed help from the boys in blue.
Night patrols were organized around her bakery to protect it – and one night she got a call at 1.30am because she was afraid someone was trying to break in, but it turned out to be a group of children playing.
And even when the cake was safely transported to Buckingham Palace, a door had to be removed from the hinges to install it.
The magazine also features never-before-seen photos of Prince William at his graduation and of the raunchy runway show where Kate first caught his eye.
William’s friends at St Andrews University recall arranging to get a table near the models’ runway, where his beautiful classmate in a see-through dress had to lug down.
And they reveal how William spent time playing zeros and sharps during lectures, and how his bodyguards got annoyed when he set off an alarm at a party.
When William and Kate went to taste with star chef Anton Mosimann (pictured), who had previously held two Michelin stars and was in charge of their wedding banquet, Kate dared to propose an improvement to one of his recipes.
Weekend magazine also features unseen outtakes from Kate’s first major royal performance, her engagement interview with Tom Bradby on ITV. ‘I’m not very good at this’, she laughs in one. “You are you are!” William answers and supports her.
The couple walked down the aisle on April 29, 2011, before flying off the next day on a mysterious mini honeymoon.
Except it wasn’t such a big mystery at all, the Mail can reveal.
According to sources involved with the wedding organization, the couple actually flew straight back to their cottage in North Wales for just 36 hours of free time before newlywed William resumed work as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot based out of Anglesey. Mystery has always surrounded the location where the couple spent the first few days of their married life, after royal spokesmen declined to say where they were going.
The secrecy sparked a nationwide gambling game, with alleged sightings of the couple everywhere from the Isles of Scilly to northeast Scotland. But no one ever tracked them down. For their real honeymoon, William took Kate to a £ 4,000 a night villa in the Seychelles.