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Flashback: William and Kate's Royal Wedding

On their 7th anniversary, look back at the best moments from the day.

April 29, 2011: After a decade of off-and-on courtship followed breathlessly by the media, Prince William, second in line to the British throne, married his university sweetheart, Kate Middleton. Not since William's father, Charles, married his mother, Diana, had the world been so enthralled by a royal wedding, with an estimated 2 billion people around the world tuning in to catch at least part of the spectacle. Life has been a whirlwind for the couple since that happy day — the popular Duke and Duchess of Cambridge now have three children plus a schedule packed with charity events and social appearances. And then there's that one highly anticipated family engagement: the May 19 nuptials of William's brother, Harry, to Meghan Markle. But first things first: These two have an anniversary to celebrate...

THE BEST MAN Chris Jackson/Getty Images THE BEST MAN Prince Harry pulls up to Westminster Abbey in his military regalia. Typically, the groom at a royal wedding appoints "supporters" instead of a best man, but William broke tradition to have his brother by his side. (At Harry's upcoming wedding, William will return the favor.) THE QUEEN IN TRANSIT AFP/AFP/Getty Images THE QUEEN IN TRANSIT Elizabeth II on her way from Buckingham Palace. BRIDESMAIDS AND PAGES WPA Pool/Getty Images BRIDESMAIDS AND PAGES The kids of William and Kate's family members and friends made for the most adorable contingent of the wedding party. WHO COULD FORGET THOSE HATS? Chris Jackson/Getty Images WHO COULD FORGET THOSE HATS? Prince William's cousins, Beatrice and Eugenie, wore much-parodied fascinators. FAMOUS GUESTS, TOO Jasper Juinen/Getty Images FAMOUS GUESTS, TOO David and Victoria Beckham, sports and fashion royalty. HERE COMES THE BRIDE Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images HERE COMES THE BRIDE The bride's satin gown, designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, featured an intricate lace overlay. And Kate's tiara was a royal heirloom, originally worn by Queen Elizabeth II's mother. Princess Diana wore it on her wedding day too. THE MAID OF HONOR Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images THE MAID OF HONOR Pippa Middleton, Kate's sister, helps keep the train straight outside Westminster Abbey. NOT YOUR TYPICAL BRIDESMAID DRESS Chris Jackson/Getty Images NOT YOUR TYPICAL BRIDESMAID DRESS Pippa's curve-hugging dress, also by Sarah Burton, set the internet on fire. “As I have found out, recognition has its upside, its downside and — you may say — its backside,” she later joked. THE WEDDING MARCH AFP/AFP/Getty Images THE WEDDING MARCH Kate's dad, Michael, walks her down the aisle of Westminster Abbey, her bridesmaids in tow. FIRST GLANCES, NERVOUS LAUGHS WPA Pool/Getty Images FIRST GLANCES, NERVOUS LAUGHS "We were supposed to have a small family affair," William joked to his soon-to-be father-in-law. INTRODUCING THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE Chris Jackson/Getty Images INTRODUCING THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE After promising to "love, comfort, honor, and keep" each other, the newlyweds greet the world. THE OVERVIEW Dave Cannon/GP/Getty Images THE OVERVIEW Next stop: Buckingham Palace. THE QUEEN DEPARTS ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images THE QUEEN DEPARTS On the arm of Prince Philip, whom she'd married in the Abbey in 1947, Britain's monarch passes one of her most famous subjects, Sir Elton John. OPEN CARRIAGE Pawel Libera OPEN CARRIAGE After the ceremony, horses and guards transported the duke and duchess on a route that took them past throngs of well-wishers on the Mall. AND SPEAKING OF THOSE THRONGS... AFP/AFP/Getty Images AND SPEAKING OF THOSE THRONGS... A massive crowd gathered to catch a glimpse. LOVE IS KIND... AND ALSO LOUD Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images LOVE IS KIND... AND ALSO LOUD As Kate and William shared a kiss on the balcony, bridesmaid Grace van Custem, age 3, was famously snapped looking rather grumpy over the noise of the crowds and the royal flyover. A RESPECTFUL LINEUP James Devaney/FilmMagic A RESPECTFUL LINEUP The pageboys, the queen, Prince Philip, Pippa Middleton, Prince Harry, and Kate's brother, James, watch the flypast. CLEAN GETAWAY Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images CLEAN GETAWAY In the Aston Martin his grandmother gave him for his 21st birthday, Prince William — looking much more relaxed in his Blues and Royals captain's coat, spirits his bride away to Clarence House (at the time, his official residence). JUST WED Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images JUST WED Remarked Prime Minister David Cameron about the day: "We're quite a reserved lot, the British, but when we go for it, we really go for it."
A CENTURY OF ROYAL WEDDINGSA century of royal weddings, in under one minute. From Prince Albert and Lady Elizabeth in 1923 all the way to Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011.




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