Last April, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding beamed into the homes of over two billion television viewers. This year, on the weekend of their first anniversary, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were quietly caught up in another wedding. This time in an English country church, People Magazine reports.
A far cry from Westminster Abby, the low-key wedding at St. Andrew’s church in the village of Wingfield, Suffolk involved the joining of Robert Carter and Hannah Gillingham, one of Kate’s good friends from her time at Marlborough College.
For William, 29, and Kate, 30, sharing the day with some of their closest friends likely brought back happy memories of last year’s occasion.
"The guests made it feel like a re-run of the royal wedding as they had so many of those people who matter the most to them there," remarked royal photographer Mark Stewart, who was also present.
Rain and wind made umbrellas a necessity as the royal couple dashed up the steps of the church. Not one to take the spotlight off the bride, Kate wore the understated blue lace Erdem dress that she’d taken on a visit to Canada last year. Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, attended as well, wearing a jaunty hat covered in butterflies from Madeleine Millinery and showing no ill effects from her recent Paris gun scandal.
The couple returned home to Anglesey in North Wales to celebrate their own wedding anniversary in private. The Daily Mail reported that Kate was planning to make a special dinner for the Duke of fish en papillote, which means “in parchment,” giving a nod to the traditional first anniversary gift of paper.