What Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding was really like—according to two 'regular' people on the guestlist

Two of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding guests, Martin and Sue Fidler, have shared their fond memories of the momentous occasion

Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding guests cheer them as they depart Westminster Abbey after there marriage 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 Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding was a day both the couple and their guests will remember forever, and with their 10 year anniversary upon us, it looks like some folks are reminiscing on the iconic ceremony. 


William and Kate's wedding anniversary has us thinking back to the wedding of the year in 2011. The ceremony itself was a highly exclusive affair, with several of its guests holding a VIP status or close royal ties. 

But two 'regular' people lucky enough to bag an invitation to the ceremony at Westminster Abbey on April 29th, 2011 were Martin and Sue Fidler, a couple from Kate's hometown of Bucklebury. The village shopkeepers' names were included on a guest list of 1,900 people, some of whom were international celebrities or heavyweight politicians. 

Ten years on, Martin and Sue still hold vivid memories of the unforgettable event. While there were so many things to grab one's attention on the day, it's the noise before Kate's arrival that continues to stay with them. 

"Everything outside just roared," Martin told People magazine. "You could hear it all outside, to begin with as she approached. It was like a wave of sound getting louder and louder as she got closer to the Abbey." 

Butcher Martin Fidler and his wife Sue stand in their store in Bucklebury, Great Britain, 28 April 2011. When Kate Middleton marries Prince William her neighbours will celebrate in her hometown. The butcher couple even received an invitation to Westminster Abbey. Photo: Kosei Takasaki - Image ID: DAJT57

Prince William and Kate Middleton invited Martin and Sue Fidler to their wedding in April 2011

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The atmosphere intensified when the bride, accompanied by her father Michael, stepped inside the church. She was wearing an ivory gown by Sarah Burton, who designed Kate Middleton's wedding dress for Alexander McQueen. Her entrance was marked by the sound of thundering trumpets, played by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.

"When the trumpets started inside to announce that she'd arrived, it's a wonder the roof didn't lift off!" Martin added. The real awe came when the bride, accompanied by her father Michael, walked down the aisle of the 13th-century church. 

"When Kate came in—what a wonderful sight," he said. "She looked incredible. And she hasn't changed a bit in ten years."

The couple admitted they were originally shocked to receive an invite to the prestigious event. "I couldn’t believe Martin and I were worthy of an invitation," said Sue, who found herself in tears upon opening the gold-edged card. 

"We couldn't actually see William and Kate during the ceremony, but we could hear the service on the loudspeakers, and we saw Kate and William walk back down the aisle as a married couple," she recalled. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his new bride Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walk down the aisle at the close of their wedding ceremony at 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 Richard Pohle-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding guests watch as the couple walk hand-in-hand down the aisle of Westminster Abbey 

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went on to have their wedding reception at Buckingham Palace, which was attended by 650 guests. Martin and Sue didn't make the cut for the fairytale luncheon, but the snub didn't seem to bother them. Instead, they headed back to Bucklebury from London, a two-hour-long journey that likely gave them plenty of time to debrief on their incredible day. They then toasted to the couple's happiness at a local pub with some champagne and local friends. 

"There was music playing and they were all having drinks to celebrate, but I crept off after a little while and went home for a rest," Sue added. 

Despite being nearly a decade old, her royal wedding outfit and fascinator remain stored in her wardrobe. "I can't see that I'll ever throw them away because it was such a special day. It was a total one-off," she explained. 

Perhaps she can unearth it on their anniversary for old time's sake.