During the 2010 post-engagement video, Kate revealed that she officially met the late Queen only five years after she started dating Prince William. Their first formal introduction was at the wedding of Peter Philips (son of Princess Anne). Her revelation came as a surprise to many. Kate had previously attended several events where the late Queen was present.
Reports later clarified that the late Queen may have steered clear of a formal introduction since the couple was still working out their relationship in the first five years. As far as the queen was concerned, there was no point in starting any relationship with Kate until things between the couple were certain.
Kate And William Chat With The Press
Kate and Prince William appeared in a series of interviews after their engagement. In one of them, Kate described how she blushed a "bright red" and scurried off shyly when she met the prince for the first time at university. The future Duchess shared how they eventually became good friends, even though the prince did not participate in Fresher’s Week.
He was conspicuously absent the first few weeks, so it took time for the couple to get to know each other. There was no rush, and things really did take a slow pace, but you know what they say. For the good things in life, one must wait.
Kate Did Not Have Pictures Of William
The royal romance piqued the curiosity of many an eager fan, and with a relationship as high profile as this one - gossip was rife. One of the rumors was that Kate had pictures of the prince plastered across the walls of her room. The Duchess quashed the rumors once and for all during the engagement interview in 2010.
The only poster she had was of the Levis guy, she countered. Prince William jokingly added that it was probably him in Levis. Kate and William had a true fairytale going on, and everything (including the breakup they had) was part of this Cinderella story most girls in the world envied.
The Demand For Her Engagement Dress
The news about Kate and Prince William’s engagement was a big deal. Fashion enthusiasts were especially keen on the blue dress that Kate wore to the announcement. The staggering number of people who wanted to get their hands on it meant the brand could not keep up with sales and inventory.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, the designer shared how her small 25-person staff struggled to meet the demand. The brand went out of business two years later. Soon enough, every single dress Kate wore would become a fashion icon that had to cater to thousands of fans.
The Royal Wedding
On April 29, 2011, Kate left her past life as a commoner behind and officially joined the British royal family. The wedding of the century took place at Westminster Abbey with an estimated global audience of 3 billion people. All eyes were on the radiant bride, who looked stunning in an Alexander McQueen dress.
Her silk dress with ivory lace featured four distinct motifs – rose, shamrock, thistle, and daffodil – representing the four countries in the United Kingdom. With a price tag of approximately $34 million, the royal wedding was one of the most lavish nuptials in history.