By Emma Dooney
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.
- Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding guests have shared their memories of the iconic event in April 2011.
- Martin and Sue Fidler, who are locals of Kate's hometown, were shocked to receive an invitation to the highly exclusive ceremony.
- In other royal news, Kate Middleton goes outdoor chic for latest appearance—here's where to shop her outfit.
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."
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.
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.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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