Reports initially put William and Kate flying into Scotland to celebrate their anniversary in private, that was until they popped up in Suffolk at a friend's wedding on the 28th. See photos at the Daily Mail here. As is usual for Kate, she recycled to keep the focus on the bride, but she added a great fascinator, and a belt.
Hopefully everyone is enjoying their nostalgia today as we remember the excitement of last year. The Royal Wedding wasn't just an isolated event with a pretty dress. It was the happy ending of a real life romance we had all been caught up in for the past eight years. Dating can be hard and stressful, and we watched Kate navigate the ups and the downs of a process that should be very private, but that she had to play out on the world stage. She proved her metal time and again and who wouldn't be thrilled that she finally arrived at the historically steeped Westminster Abbey, in a dress the world was breathless to see, to at last become the bride she deserved to be.
It all started at St. Andrews where we watched the two in the first bloom of college romance:
|William dances with Kate at a party early on in their career at St. Andrews.|
Through the excitement of the early post college days:
Then, the romance seemed to grow jaded and the two shocked the world with their split in 2007. Instead of utilizing her parents' millions to jet somewhere secluded to grieve in privacy, Kate put on a sparkling smile and hit the London night scene. Her face was plastered on every newspaper in London week after week and by late summer she had defied the odds and won her prince back.
They played coy at the concert, but were spotted canoodling at the after party:
They briefly hit the London scene again after their reunion, but more and more presenting a more united and mature front. Ever more glamorous, they attended weddings and royal events, and quietly vacationed with friends and family.
By 2010, Kate sightings were extremely rare, but the couple attended a wedding, walking in together rather than separately. The rumor mill started working again, spreading the story that the two were secretly engaged. And surprisingly, they were! On November 16, 2010 a press conference at St. James's Palace announced the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton.
April 29th was the day William and Kate finally got their happily ever after, but the public outpouring should not have come as a shock, as we too were getting our happy ending. The real life ending to the story we had been following and cheering on with interest for years. The build up, not just of the frenzied months before the wedding but many years of waiting and wondering if and when the two would marry.
I hope everyone had some chocolate biscuit cake, some fabulous tea, and rewatched the wedding, relived the joy and excitement that should come when two people finally make it to port!
Many blessings to them on this their first anniversary and on Kate's patron saint feast, St. Catherine of Siena.