Plus, how the couple is spending today, their ninth wedding anniversary.

By Sarah Schreiber
April 29, 2020
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Today marks nine years since Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding, which took place on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey. Their nuptials might have unfolded nearly a decade ago, but we're still learning new bits and pieces about the iconic celebration. The latest? The then-bride's hair dresser, Richard Ward, recently told People that he had quite the assistant while preparing Middleton for the couple's evening reception: Prince William.

Middleton opted for a half-up, half-down chignon for her walk down the Abbey's extra-long aisle, but let her hair down for the second half of the event. As it turns out, Prince William was there by her side at Clarence House to help her prepare—and even played a role in ensuring her signature bouncy blowout was perfect. "I wanted to show Kate the back of her hair and I was struggling to walk with this 500-year-old mirror, and he just said, 'Let me give you a hand,' and I said, 'No, no, honestly,' but he took one end and I've got the other and we're shuffling along with this mirror—he's great, he really is," Ward previously told the outlet.

Despite the public nature of their wedding day—televised ceremony and all—the couple has always celebrated each anniversary privately. This year's milestone, however, takes privacy to a different level. According to another People source, Prince William and Middleton are spending the day isolating with their three children, George, Charlotte, and Louis, at their country home, Anmer House, in Norfolk.

This anniversary undoubtedly looks very different than those from years' past, but that doesn't mean that the couple has overlooked its significance. To mark the occasion, the couple posted an iconic wedding photo to their Instagram account, with the caption, "Nine years ago today—thank you for all your lovely messages on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding anniversary!"

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