Kate Middleton’s role in William’s ‘destiny’ discussed by expert
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are celebrating their 10-year wedding anniversary tomorrow. A whole decade ago, the royal couple tied the knot at a beautiful ceremony in Westminster Abbey. Thousands crowded the streets and millions watched the service on TV.
However, they kept their engagement secret at first, even from their families.
This was because Kate’s grandfather, Peter Middleton, had just died, and they wanted to wait a while before informing the family of their happy news.
On October 24, they attended the wedding of their friends Harry Meade and Rosie Bradford in Cheshire, prompting headlines like: “Will they be next?”
Wanting to stick to tradition, William went to Kate’s father Michael Middleton first to ask for his blessing.
Kate’s parents were, of course, thrilled at the news.
William then approached the Queen to ask for her permission, which is something that the first six royals in line to the throne are required to do.
The 1772 Royal Marriages Act stated that all marriages to a member of the British Royal Family were subject to approval of the reigning monarch.
It stated that “every marriage, or matrimonial contract, of any such descendant, without such consent first had and obtained, shall be null and void to all intents and purposes whatsoever”.
However, this rule received an update in 2013 with the passing of the Succession to the Crown Act, which limited this necessary permission to just the first six roles in line to the throne.
After William received the Queen’s blessing, he informed his father Prince Charles and brother Prince Harry, who were both delighted for him.
The engagement was made public on November 16, when the royal couple posed for photographs and questions, with Princess Diana’s stunning sapphire ring on Kate’s finger.
ITV’s Tom Bradby, who was a friend of William’s at the time, secured an engagement interview that day.
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Speaking about his decision to propose while they were on holiday in Kenya, William said: “I’d been planning it for a while.
“But as any guy out there will know, it takes a certain amount of motivation to get yourself going.
“Then it just felt really right out in Africa.”
Towards the end of their trip, the couple flew by helicopter to Rutundu Lake high on the slopes of Mount Kenya.
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In a little wooden hut, William finally popped the question and the ring slipped easily onto Kate’s finger.
William recalled: “I had been carrying it around with me in my rucksack for about three weeks before that and I literally would not let it go.
“Everywhere I went, I was keeping hold of it because I knew this thing, if it disappeared, I would be in a lot of trouble.
“You hear a lot of horror stories and things going horribly wrong, but it went really, really well and I was really pleased when she said yes.
“It’s my mother engagement ring, so I thought it was nice because obviously, she’s not going to be around to share any of the fun and excitement of it all ‒ this was my way of keeping her close to it.”
Kate said it was “a total shock” when William produced the ring, but “very exciting”.
She added: “It was very romantic. There’s a true romantic in there.”
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