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Public thanked for ‘lovely messages’ on William and Kate’s wedding anniversary

The Cambridges married nine years ago in front of 2,000 guests at Westminster Abbey and a worldwide television audience of millions.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the Palace balcony on their wedding day (John Stillwell/PA)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the Palace balcony on their wedding day (John Stillwell/PA)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the Palace balcony on their wedding day (John Stillwell/PA)

Kensington Palace has thanked the public for sending congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their ninth wedding anniversary.

Sharing an image on social media of William and Kate leaving Westminster Abbey as newlyweds, the palace said: “Nine years ago today – thank you for all your lovely messages on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding anniversary!”

The Cambridges usually celebrate their anniversary privately, and this year will have no option but to mark the occasion in lockdown.

The pair are staying at Anmer Hall in Norfolk with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

William’s wedding to his former university flatmate Kate Middleton was the big royal event of 2011.

A show-stopping celebration, 2,000 guests filled Westminster Abbey to see the future king marry commoner Kate, making her an HRH, a duchess and a future queen.

The grand affair featured two dresses, two receptions, a carriage procession through central London, flypasts and two kisses on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Nearly 25 million people in the UK tuned in to watch the live televised ceremony, with the worldwide TV audience estimated to be two billion.

The bride wore an intricate lace gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen for the service, while the groom was dressed in the red tunic of the Irish Guards.

After the service, the newlyweds travelled in an open-topped carriage for the 15-minute journey from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, with more than a million people lining the procession route.

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Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey, London, with her father Michael and sister Pippa (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Much attention was given to Kate’s sister Pippa for her figure-hugging bridesmaid dress, with a Facebook page set up in honour of her derriere.

After the service, the newlyweds travelled in an open-topped carriage for the 15-minute journey from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, with more than a million people lining the procession route.

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