Kate Middleton’s shock wedding day bomb threat drama revealed

Police were alerted just 20 minutes before Kate Middleton's wedding to Prince William

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge travel down The Mall, on route to Buckingham Palace, in the 1902 State Landau horse drawn carriage following their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England
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Kate Middleton’s wedding to Prince William might have been a stunning royal occasion, but a bomb threat reportedly caused extreme concern earlier that morning.

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding day was watched by thousands of royal fans, with many people eager to tune in and see the future king and queen tie the knot in majestic style at Westminster Abbey. Kate’s beautiful Alexander McQueen wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton perfectly reflected her personality. Whilst the balcony kiss between the married couple at Buckingham Palace afterward will never be forgotten. 

Prince Charles even reportedly helped pick the music for the couple’s special day and Prince Harry whispered something particularly heartfelt to William as Kate walked down the aisle. 

But despite the beauty and emotion of the day, a new documentary has suggested that things were not quite so calm just a short while earlier.

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In ITV’s The Day Will and Kate Got Married, Bob Broadhurst, The Metropolitan Police Gold Commander on the wedding day opened up about a potential threat they identified that morning. 

"My fear is there's some sort of 'Guy Fawkes-ean' plot going on behind closed doors to actually potentially put a bomb somewhere," Bob explained. 

He revealed they were on high alert for an “odd individual” or “fixated people who for whatever reason are obsessed with the Royal Family who might just sneak under your car."

The car carrying Catherine Middleton and her father Michael Middleton is seen ahead of the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England

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However, despite the efforts of the 5,000 police officers deployed on the day, 20 minutes before Kate was due to leave the Goring Hotel to walk down the aisle, police were alerted to the presence of an unidentified vehicle entering the secure zone. 

"I don’t know how it happened and I don’t really want to know how it happened to this day”, Bob said. “But someone in a car got through the secure zone, drove up close to The Goring just around the corner, got out the car and legged it and joined the crowd.

"Now we have a real problem. This is a potential bomb in the car."

In response, the police considered changing their plans, though there were also concerns that Kate wouldn’t make it on time in this case.

Luckily for all involved, explosive officers soon established there was no bomb in the vehicle and Kate and her father Michael Middleton were able to travel safely from the hotel to Westminster Abbey as planned.

Prince William and Kate married in a beautiful ceremony, before delighting royal fans with their balcony kiss afterward.

Their special day remains as memorable as ever and this month marks their momentous tenth wedding anniversary.

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!