The former Archbishop of Canterbury who married Prince William and Kate Middleton has revealed the moment he knew their marriage would be a success, as he reflects on their wedding day in a documentary airing tonight.
More than two billion people tuned in to watch Rowan Williams, 70, the then Archbishop of Canterbury marry the Duke, now 38, and Duchess of Cambridge, now 39, at Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011.
But he said that the happy couple were not phased by the attention surrounding their wedding day, and looked like they were ‘enjoying themselves’ during the ceremony.
He added that he could tell the marriage was going to be a success by the way the pair were smiling each other.
The interview clip was released ahead of the BBC 2 documentary Royal Wedding: A Day to Remember, airing tonight at 7:30pm and was shown on Lorraine this morning on ITV.
Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, 70, pictured, said he could tell Prince William, 38 and Kate Middleton, 39’s marriage would be successful from the way they smiled at each other on their wedding day, where he married them at Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011
2 billion people tuned in to watch the couple tied the knot, including 36.7 million people in the UK (pictured, Prince William and Kage Middleton exiting Westminster Abbey)
‘They didn’t seem nervous,’ Williams said. ‘Yes, as it happens, a couple billion people were watching, but they were still talking to one another, from the centre, where it matters.
‘They looked as if they were quite enjoying themselves. And when they are smiling at each other, I feel “Yes, yes, it is working” and it did,’ he went on.
10 years on from their big day in Westminster and three children later, the parents of Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louis, three, shared an unprecedented look into their family life to mark their 10 year wedding anniversary yesterday.
The clip was posted to the @kensingtonroyal Instagram page with an accompanying message which read: ‘Thank you to everyone for the kind messages on our wedding anniversary. We are enormously grateful for the 10 years of support we have received in our lives as a family. W & C’
The Archbishop, pictured, said Kate and William didn’t let the billion of viewers phase them on their big day
The man of faith, who can be seen marrying the couple, said William and Kate were not nervous and were there for each other during their ceremony
In the short video, Kate Middleton, 39, Prince William, and their three children – Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, three, can be seen enjoying some downtime in the great outdoors.
Donning co-ordinated casual-wear, the future King and his family are seen climbing the sand dunes on the beach in Norfolk, sitting around the campfire toasting marshmallows in the countryside and playing the garden of their Anmer Hall residence.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose London-based filmmaker Will Warr to capture their tenth anniversary video montage, who has created branded content, corporate films and ads for big brands including Tesco, Diageo, Red Bull, Uber Eats and Puma.
His work will be instantly familiar to anyone who’s seen the Tesco Food Love Stories adverts.
In one camera shot, the couple can be seen exchanging a joke as they sit on hay bales, while in another, Kate can be seen placing her hand on her husband’s leg, with Princess Diana’s famous sapphire and diamond engagement ring gleaming on her finger.
The Duke, 38, and Duchess of Cambridge, 39, have shared an adorable video montage to thank supporters for sending ‘kind messages’ on their tenth wedding anniversary. Pictured, enjoying the great outdoors at a beach in Norfolk
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by Princess Charlotte and Prince George as they sat on hay bales around the campfire toasting marshmallows in the gardens at Anmer Hall
Meanwhile, Prince William can be seen chasing after his youngest son Prince Louis and daughter Princess Charlotte while they scream with joy.
Elsewhere, Kate giggles as she runs after a smiling Prince Louis around the garden at their Norfolk home and according to expert lip reader Jacqui Press, he shrieks: ‘Faster!’
Jacqui also notes that Kate can be seen saying ‘careful’ to him while holding both of his hands as she helps him up through the steep grass.
At the end of the video, Prince George and Princess Charlotte crouch by the fire and toast marshmallows positioned on the end of their sticks.
William warns ‘it will be very sticky,’ Jacqui notes,’ to which George responds: ‘Hot!’
A smiley Kate Middleton oped for a casual look as she perched on the edge of some hay bales next to husband Prince William in the countryside. Pictured, in the gardens at Anmer Hall
The thrifty family dressed in cosy winter clothes and appeared to recycle the same outfits they wore for their Christmas 2020 card. Pictured, in the gardens at Anmer Hall
In the short video, Kate Middleton lovingly rests her hands on Prince William’s leg as the pair exchange smiles at a beach in Norfolk
Showing they can embrace both high-end and high street fashion, Kate looked effortlessly elegant in a trendy £299 jacket from Irish premium brand Dubarry, while Prince George, seven, was dressed down in a £12 fleece by British outdoor and leisure clothing company Regatta.