Royals The Best Moments from Kate Middleton and Prince William's Royal Wedding As the couple celebrates their 11th anniversary, take a look back at the highlights, the dress – and that kiss! By Kiran Hefa and Diana Pearl Updated on April 29, 2022 03:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 22 DRIVING MISS KATE GF/Bauer-Griffin En route to Westminster Abbey, the world got their first glimpse of Kate Middleton's Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress, while the Duchess-to-be enjoyed some one-on-one time with her proud father, Michael. 02 of 22 MEN OF HONOR Rex Earlier that morning, Prince William and best man Prince Harry made their way to Westminster Abbey. The brothers paid their respects with a salute to their fallen comrades as they pass London's historic Cenotaph. 03 of 22 TOP IT OFF Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images The fascinators that launched 1,000 memes. Even seven years later, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie's statement-making hats are the royal wedding accessories to remember. 04 of 22 HELLO M'AM Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty For a cheery occasion like her grandson's wedding, Queen Elizabeth wore a pale yellow dress and hat (as well as her signature handbag). 05 of 22 SISTER, SISTER Nick Edwards/Photoshot/iPhoto Pippa Middleton may not have had the epic train, but she still caught plenty of eyes in her equally flattering custom Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen creation. 06 of 22 JUST BETWEEN US Dominic Lipinski/WPA Pool/Getty With millions watching, Prince William managed to share a private laugh with his soon-to-be missus as she arrives at the altar with dad Michael by her side. 07 of 22 I THEE WED Dominic Lipinski/AP Looks like Prince William could've used some more practice! The groom had some difficulty putting a ring on it while reciting his vows to Kate. The duchess-to-be's simple band was crafted from Welsh gold, a gift from the Queen to her grandson. 08 of 22 SIDEWAYS GLANCES APTN/AP As Kate's brother James read a verse from the Bible, the newlyweds stole another moment for themselves. 09 of 22 ROYAL DEBUT Toby Melville/Reuters/Landov Now introducing, HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! William and Kate made their storied exit from Westminster Abbey hand-in-hand, with their gaggle of bridesmaids and pageboys following close behind. 10 of 22 FLAG DAY GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images A sea of people holding miniature Union Jacks gathered outside of Buckingham Palace to see Will and Kate's much-anticipated balcony kiss. 11 of 22 REGAL RIDE Splash News Online Just before embarking on their procession to Buckingham Palace, the newlyweds take a moment to themselves before riding through the streets of London in a 109-year-old State Landau carriage, the same one used to transport Prince Charles and Princess Diana and Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson after their weddings. 12 of 22 LET'S GO FOR A RIDE Shaun Botterill/GP/Getty Images Thousands of people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds watching. 13 of 22 WORLD'S BIGGEST WEDDING PARTY Fred Duval/FilmMagic And down the mall, even more people (and more flags!) were there to celebrate. 14 of 22 OBSERVING PROTOCOL Gareth Cattermole/Getty Riding past the Cenotaph once more, William pays his respects with a salute while Kate bows her head. 15 of 22 HELPING HAND Andrew Winning/Reuters/Landov Watch the train! Ever the gentleman, William kept his bride steady as she dismounted the carriage upon their arrival at Buckingham Palace. 16 of 22 HEADS UP Matt Dunham/AP The couple – along with bridesmaids Grace van Cutsem, 3, and the Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, 8 – looked to the skies as William's royal air force pals fly over the balcony. 17 of 22 NOISY NEIGHBORS George Pimentel/WireImage When cheers of the thousands of well-wishers below got to be too much for royal bridesmaid Grace Van Cutsem, Kate gently calmed her down. 18 of 22 THE KISS Matt Dunham/AP It's double happiness for William and Kate, who kissed not once but twice on the balcony at Buckingham Palace – much to the delight of the crowd gathered below. William's mum and dad shared their first public kiss at the same spot 30 years earlier. 19 of 22 HAND IN HAND Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty After their kisses on the balcony, Will and Kate headed back inside Buckingham Palace — where the real festivities were only just beginning. Later in the evening, wedding guests feasted on canapés and cake at the Queen's reception. 20 of 22 WAITING LINE PA/Landov Already tending to their royal duties, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greeted their many guests ahead of the Queen's reception at Buckingham Palace. 21 of 22 JUST WED! John Stillwell/PA/Landov;INSET:Chris Ison/PA/Landov Giving their well-wishers more of what they want, William and Kate stepped out from their reception to drive around Buckingham Palace in an Aston Martin convertible bearing the license plate "JU5T WED." Making their way around the Mall, the beaming bride smiled and waved while her groom kept an eye on the road – the front of the car bore a red letter "L," standing for "learner's permit." 22 of 22 CHANGE OF A DRESS Landov Donning her second Alexander McQueen design of the day – a strapless satin gown with diamante detailing – Kate joins William and her new in-laws, Prince Charles and Camilla, at Clarence House, where the royal family gathered before they made their way back to Buckingham Palace for a dinner dance thrown by the Prince of Wales.