They are quite possibly the most recognizable couple in the whole world, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pros when it comes to keeping the details of their romance under wraps. You’d think that with the world’s eyes monitoring their every move, it would be impossible for the royals to keep anything secret. However, it turns out there’s a lot most of us don’t know about William and Kate, as we are about to uncover.
1. Kate was the oldest spinster royal bride
While by most standards, tying the knot at 29 makes you a relatively young bride, when Kate walked down the aisle at that age in April 2011 she became one of the oldest ever royal brides. In fact, only two other women who married the future king have been older.
One of those brides was Kate’s mother-in-law Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, who married Prince Charles in 2005. Meanwhile, Eleanor of Aquitaine was thought to be a practically ancient 30 years old when she wed the man who would become Henry II back in 1152.
2. Prince William was not immune to pre-wedding jitters
In November 2017 former royal editor Duncan Larcombe, who attended the royal wedding, said that Prince William was “absolutely terrified” as he awaited his bride at Westminster Abbey. “Before Kate arrived, William went to compose himself with Harry in a room just off Poets’ Corner,” Larcombe revealed.
And that’s not the only evidence we have that Prince William was suffering from wedding nerves in the days before his nuptials. In an ITV interview to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the royal himself admitted he only got minimal sleep the night before. He revealed that the noise from crowds camping outside the Palace combined with his nerves had prevented him from snoozing off. “I slept for about half an hour,” he confessed.
3. A bridesmaid upstaged the happy couple
When we think back to the royal wedding, many people will recall the kiss William and Kate shared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in front of hordes of people. However, during that special moment, some eyes were not on them but one of their bridesmaids instead.
As the newlyweds put on a rare display of public affection, William’s goddaughter Grace van Cutsem seemed to take offence to the noise emitted by the celebrating crowns. To make her displeasure known, she covered her ears with her hands and screwed her face into a wholly unroyal frown.
4. The Middleton Family received a coat of arms for the wedding
When Kate married William, it wasn’t just her social status that received a boost. Ahead of his daughter’s wedding, the Duchess’ father Michael Middleton forked out £4,400 ($5,900) on a regal coat of arms for his family.
The design featured three acorn sprigs, believed to represent the three Middleton children – Catherine, Pippa and James. Explaining why the family commissioned the design, in 2011 Thomas Woodcock from the College of Arms in London said, “It’s not compulsory, but as their daughter is marrying into the Royal Family she will have a need probably to use a coat of arms.”
5. The royal children were christened with the same water as Jesus
At their respective christenings, William and Kate’s children were baptized with water flown in directly from the River Jordan. The famous waterway flows through the Middle East and separates Israel and Jordan. Furthermore, it is believed to have been the river where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.
Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte were christened with water from the narrow, shallow river, and it’s likely that the same will be used for Prince Louis. However, before the liquid gets to touch a royal head, it is cleaned and sterilized to eliminate bacteria and pollution.
6. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge often nod to the past using their kids’ wardrobes
It seems when it comes to style, both Prince George and Princess Charlotte have taken after their mother. Items of clothing both tots have worn have been known to sell out online in a matter of moments. However, Kate doesn’t rely solely on the high street for her fashion inspiration.
On many occasions, William and Kate have honored the past through their children’s clothing. For instance, when little George made his first appearance on Buckingham Palace’s iconic balcony, his mom dressed him in a silk romper that had once belonged to his father. Similarly, at Princess Charlotte’s christening, George donned a white shirt with red shorts – similar to the outfit William wore when he met Prince Harry for the first time.
7. The royal couple enjoy lazing on the sofa with a takeout
If you thought William and Kate hang out in their crowns at home, you were wrong. In fact, it turns out that, behind closed doors, the royals are just like us. They even pull on more comfortable clothing to settle down in front of the TV with a boxset and a takeout dinner.
During a tell-all interview on BBC Radio One in April 2017 the couple revealed they were fans of shows such as Homeland and Game of Thrones. Moreover they said they liked to enjoy the dramas while tucking into curry. However, that doesn’t mean that delivery drivers get special access to Kensington Palace. “Normally someone goes and picks it up,” William revealed.
8. The Duke and Duchess share their home with some furry friends
With three kids and a whole host of staff, you’d think that the royal couple would have a houseful already. However, that hasn’t prevented William and Kate from expanding their brood with a couple of furry friends.
After their wedding in April 2011, Kate’s brother James gifted her with a cocker spaniel named Lupo. Then, in 2016 the Duchess of Cambridge revealed that she’d recently purchased a hamster named Marvin for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
9. William and Kate probably didn’t know the gender of their children until their births
Each time Kate has been pregnant, the press have analyzed the royal couple’s every utterance to see if they would drop any hint towards the baby’s gender. However, it is unlikely the couple have ever known if they’re having a boy and girl until their births.
The reason that the parents of three have chosen to stay in the dark during their pregnancies comes down to royal custom. Besides, even if they did find out they would probably have to keep the gender hidden from the public until the baby arrived. So by not knowing, there’s little chance of a slip-up.
10. The couple’s living quarters are modest by royal standards
Prince William may be second in line for the British throne, but he hasn’t demanded a palace. He and his family live in Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace – a four-story home with three kitchens, two nurseries and a whole host of other rooms.
However, while the pile may sound sprawling to us average folk, it’s actually quite small in comparison to some of the Duke’s relatives’ homes. In fact, even William’s third cousin Prince Michael of Kent, who is forty-sixth in line to the throne, has a bigger abode than the Cambridges. His home, which also lies within Kensington Palace, boasts an impressive five-bedroom and five reception rooms.