It was a global spectacle when Prince William and Kate Middleton married six years ago in London’s famed Westminster Abbey. The couple’s ceremony, attended by 1900 guests including dignitaries, diplomats and heads of state from around the world, was followed by a regal, ceremonial balcony celebration at Buckingham Palace. To commemorate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s latest anniversary on Saturday, April 29, The Knot compiles five little-known facts about the royal wedding.
1. Kate Did Her Own Makeup
Despite their royal status, both William and Kate have displayed their down-to-earth characteristics–and their wedding was no exception. The Duchess opted to do her own makeup rather than bring in a professional for the big day. However, she was adequately prepared. In the weeks leading up to the nuptials, Kate took makeup lessons from Bobbi Brown’s team, receiving “makeup artistry assistance” from the brand’s makeup artist Hannah Martin.
“Catherine looked absolutely stunning,” Brown said at the time in a statement. “I wouldn’t have changed a thing about her makeup. She looked beautiful, fresh and most importantly, happy.”
2. The Bride’s Bouquet Was Inspired by… Prince William
The Duchess of Cambridge chose an understated bouquet comprised of lily of the valley, hyacinths, and a sprig of myrtle, which is a royal tradition. However, she wanted to add a personal-and-romantic touch to the blooms. As a nod to the groom, Middleton included a European flower called sweet William.
3. William Went Ringless
Although Kate added a gold band to her ring finger alongside her gorgeous, 12-carat blue Ceylon sapphire engagement ring, William decided to buck tradition altogether by going ringless. Prior to the nuptials, the palace released a statement addressing the prince’s decision.
“It is simply down to personal preference. It was something the couple discussed, but Prince William isn’t one for jewelry,” it read.
4. The Couple’s Wedding Cake Was Created with the Future in Mind
U.K.-based baker Fiona Cairns created a masterpiece when she designed the couple’s 8-tier fruitcake. The pair chose to save the top three tiers for future celebrations, according to the famous baker. The cakes have since been served at William and Kate’s children’s christenings.
5. Their Getaway Car Was a Classic
After making their union official and celebrating with their loved ones, William and Kate set off as newlyweds in a 1969 Aston Martin, which had been gifted to William’s father Prince Charles on his 21st birthday. The license plate cheekily read: “JU5T WED.”