The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in an official photograph on their wedding day
April 29th 2011, Buckingham Palace
Five years ago today, a girl christened Catherine Elizabeth walked into Westminster Abbey as Kate Middleton and walked out as the Duchess of Cambridge. The marriage of Kate and her handsome prince was watched by millions around the world and is a part of royal history never to be forgotten, As they celebrate this special anniversary, here's a look back at the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in photos.
It was all sealed with a kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after a long day of celebrations. There were thousands of photos taken that day in London but this was the one everyone wanted to see - a happy royal couple sharing a smooch in front of an audience of several billion people. A photo for the history books if ever there was one.
Kate Middleton stepped out of her car and towards her royal destiny on a grey morning in London. As she paused briefly on the steps of Westminster Abbey, the world took in her now legendary dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, and Kate took a deep breath and began her walk towards the altar with sister, Pippa, right behind her.
She was accompanied by her father, Michael Middleton, who looked about as proud as can be during their walk along the famous aisle of the Abbey, in the footsteps of kings, queens, princes and princesses.
If they were nervous, it didn't show as the bride and groom smiled all the way through their wedding. The marriage ceremony, with all its royal grandeur, was also very much a family affair and William and Kate appeared to love every second of it.
With this ring....a band of Welsh gold was the focus of millions of eyes as William, now Duke of Cambridge, married his university sweetheart eight years on from the start of their relationship. No ring for the future king (he doesn't really like jewellery, we were told) but a huge cheer as the couple said 'I do' and were pronounced husband and wife.
And so into history...the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerged to more cheers and lots of waving as they began their royal lives together. The image of them in the doorway of Westminster Abbey is one of the most famous of this Royal Wedding Day.
There was a carriage ride - there is always a carriage ride - and the world got to enjoy the newlyweds waving their way through the streets of London. The turnout was huge and the atmosphere was happy - the tone of the day was well and truly set.
The balcony appearance brought together two families now linked by marriage as the House of Windsor welcomed the Middletons of Berkshire into the ancient walls of royal history.
It was a day filled with tradition but touched by modernity and as they headed off from their reception at Buckingham Palace, they borrowed a classic car from William's dad and drove down the Mall to more cheering. The car ride was a big surprise that won lots of fans and began another chapter in the life of William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Happy Ever After.