"He just said, 'Let me give you a hand,' " hairdresser Richard Ward told PEOPLE
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Prince William and Kate Middleton
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Kate Middleton was the picture-perfect princess bride for her royal wedding to Prince Williamnine years ago today.

When it came to her hairstyle on her special day, she opted for a demi-chignon with soft and romantic loose curls.

But for the reception later that evening, she returned to her signature style: a voluminous, bouncy blowout. And her hairdresser Richard Ward had a special assistant at his disposal: Kate’s new husband Prince William!

“I wanted to show Kate the back of her hair [getting ready at Clarence House for the evening party] and I was struggling to walk with this 500-year-old mirror, and he just said, ‘Let me give you a hand,’ and I said, ‘No, no, honestly,’ but he took one end and I’ve got the other and we’re shuffling along with this mirror – he’s great, he really is,” Ward previously told PEOPLE.

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Kate Middleton leaves Clarence House to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations following her wedding to Prince William on April 29, 2011
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Ward spent a lot of time with the couple leading up to the royal wedding and shared how down to earth they are behind the scenes.

“The first time I went ‘round to their house, it was actually William that made me a cup of tea! That was very nice,” he shared.

As for Kate, Ward said she has a “wicked sense of humor.”

“It’s quite dry, there’s no airs and graces – you can have a good joke with her,” he said.

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Ward said he found himself speechless when he first saw Kate step out of the car and into Westminster Abbey on her wedding day – despite spending the entire morning with the bride-to-be.

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“When she got out of the car and I saw her properly in the dress, the whole thing. I couldn’t even speak, she looked so unbelievable,” Ward said.