Пять лет назад в этот день, 29 апреля 2011 года, в Лондоне наследник британской короны принц Уильям взял в жены свою возлюбленную — Кэтрин Миддлтон.

Караван историй вспоминает, как это было.

Принц Уильям — старший сын Чарльза, принца Уэльского и покойной принцессы Дианы — познакомился с Кейт Миддлтон в 2001 году, когда они вместе учились в Сент-Эндрюсском университете. Об их помолвке 20 октября 2010 года было объявлено 16 ноября 2010 года. Торжественная служба королевского венчания в Уэстминстерском аббатстве транслировалась в прямом эфире по всему миру и во многом сравнивалась с бракосочитанием родителей Уильяма, принца Чарльза и леди Дианы Спенсер, заключенным в 1981 году.

Поскольку принц Уильям не был прямым наследником престола, свадьба не была полностью государственным событием, и многие детали были оставлены на усмотрение самой пары, такие как большая часть списка гостей из примерно 1900 человек. Церемонию посетили большая часть королевской семьи, а также многие члены иностранных королевских семей, дипломаты и личные гости пары.

День свадьбы был объявлен в Великобритании государственным праздником. Для торжества использовались королевский гараж, пешая и конная гвардии.

За несколько часов до службы королева присвоила Уильяму титулы герцог Кембриджский, граф Стратхэрнский и барон Кэррикфергюсский. После бракосочетания Миддлтон стала Ее Королевским Высочеством герцогиней Кембриджской.

На Миддлтон было белое платье от британского дизайнера Сары Бертон и тиара, одолженная ей королевой. Принц Уильям был в форме своего почетного звания полковника ирландской гвардии.

Шафером Уильяма был его брат, принц Гарри, а главной дружкой невесты была ее сестра Пиппа Миддлтон. Церемония бракосочетания началась в 11:00 по Гринвичу.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine Middleton arrives with her father Michael Middleton followed by sister of the bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton inside Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The Archbishop of Canterbury conducted the service which was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding and street parties are being held throughout the UK. (Photo by Adrian Dennis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William places a wedding ring on the finger of his Bride, Catherine Middleton during their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Dave Thompson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, his new bride Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton (L) take part in the service on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Clara Molden - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

LONDON - APRIL 29: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the Westminster Abbey after their wedding ceremony on April 29, 2011 in London,England. (Photo by Suzanne Plunkett - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29: Prince Harry and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey following the wedding ceremony of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on April 29, 2011 in London England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Clara Molden - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Queen Elizabeth II following the marriage of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smile following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

После церемонии в Уэстминстерском аббатстве молодожены проехали в процессии в Букингемский дворец для традиционного выхода на балкон и воздушного парада перед толпой, собравшейся на Мэлл.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: A general view of the carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following the marriage of TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (unseen) make the journey in the 1902 State Landau carriage on the procession route after their wedding at Westminster Abbey along The Mall to Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Paul Hackett - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: In this handout image provided by Crown Copyright, Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (POA(Phot) Mez Merrill/Mandatory Credit MOD/Crown Copyright via Getty Images)

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by John Stillwell-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: In this handout image provided by Crown Copyright, Prince Harry waves to the crowd as they make the journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Sergeant Dan Harmer RLC/Mandatory Credit MOD/Crown Copyright via Getty Images)

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

Позднее принц провез герцогиню на короткое расстояние до Кларенс-хаус в отцовском классическом Aston Martin DB6 Volante, который принц Гарри украсил номерным знаком «JU5T WED» (сокращение, которое можно перевести как «только поженились»).

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

Для закрытого празднования в Букингемском дворце герцогиня Кэтрин сменила платье.

Свадьба принца Уильяма и Кейт Миддлтон

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