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Royals celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton’s seventh wedding anniversary

Royals celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton’s seventh wedding anniversary
01 May
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IT’S been seven years since lovebird royals Kate Middleton and Prince William tied the knot.

And to celebrate their anniversary, The Sun reports, Kensington Palace led the way with the celebrations with a sweet throwback photo from the big day on April 29, 2011.

The adorable shot shows the happy couple on their wedding day driving down the Mall in William’s balloon-decorated, open-topped vintage car with the registration plate “JU5T WED”.

The official Instagram account added the caption: “Seven years ago today – thank you for all the lovely messages on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding anniversary!”

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Prince William and Kate Middleton married at Westminster Abbey and the spectacular day was watched live by 36 million people.

Their seven-year milestone comes just after the pair welcomed their third child – Prince Louis Arthur Charles – on St George’s Day.

No doubt the parents, who also have two other kids under five, Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two, will have their hands full on their special day.

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Prince William and Kate tied the knot on April 29, 2011.
Camera IconPrince William and Kate tied the knot on April 29, 2011.Picture: AP
Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage.
Camera IconTheir Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge journey by carriage procession to Buckingham Palace following their marriage.Picture: Getty Images, Getty
The bride and groom with (clockwise from bottom right) The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Miss Eliza Lopes, Miss Grace van Cutsem, Lady Louise Windsor, Master Tom Pettifer, Master William Lowther-Pinkerton, in the throne room at Buckingham Palace.
Camera IconThe bride and groom with (clockwise from bottom right) The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Miss Eliza Lopes, Miss Grace van Cutsem, Lady Louise Windsor, Master Tom Pettifer, Master William Lowther-Pinkerton, in the throne room at Buckingham Palace.Picture: Getty Images, Getty

The seventh anniversary traditional theme is wool or copper, so perhaps they will exchange knitwear or kitchen items as gifts.

The royal couple have seen an outpouring of supportive messages in honour of their anniversary.

One Twitter user said: “Happy Wedding Anniversary to Kate and William. Have a wonderful day. God bless you both on your new baby Son Prince Louis.”Another tweeted: “If you need a reason to smile today, it’s William and Kate’s anniversary.”

The wedding came a decade after the pair met, with Wills and Kate having first crossed paths back at uni in 2001.

The Queen on the wedding day of Prince William and Kate.
Camera IconThe Queen on the wedding day of Prince William and Kate.Picture: Getty Images, AFP

Both students at St Andrews, the royal couple got on like a house on fire during their student days, and coupled up in 2003.

The engagement came seven years later in October 2010, sparking mass excitement all over the world at the prospect of a royal wedding.

Kate and Prince William’s child, Prince Louis, appears to have been named after Louis Mountbatten, the much-loved uncle of Prince Philip who was killed by an IRA bomb in 1979.

His full title is His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge pose for a photo with their newborn baby son Louis.
Camera IconPrince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge pose for a photo with their newborn baby son Louis.Picture: AP, AFP

The tot, born a healthy 8lbs 7oz on Monday, will join Prince George and Princess Charlotte in the next generation of the royal family.

The newborn shares the French name with his brother George, who has it as one of his middle names. Louis – which is to be pronounced with a silent “s” – is also one of William’s middle names. He was born on April 23, which is St George’s Day in the UK.

The world was forced to wait four days for Prince Louis’ name to become public during a busy week of royal activities that included Anzac Day and the news Prince William would be Prince Harry’s best man.

It’s twice the amount of time it took for Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s names to become known.

Kate gave birth on Monday at 11.01am on April 23, in the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London with her husband Prince William by her side.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles,” the Kensington Palace statement said.

“The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.”

The choice has come as surprise to royal watchers who had ruled out Louis as an option because it is one of the middle names of Prince George.

Punters in England had been placing bets right up until the moment the name was announced by Kensington Palace.

Prince Harry will join his brother as a married man next month.
Camera IconPrince Harry will join his brother as a married man next month.Picture: Getty Images, Getty

Across all major agencies Arthur had the best odds for a first name with Albert, James, Frederick and Philip also proving popular.

Charles is an obvious tribute to William’s father, whereas Arthur is also one of the middle names of both Charles and William.

A spokesperson from betting agency William Hill told News Corp they taken about $AUD280,000 worth of bets on the new baby name.

Arthur was the most popular guess representing 4000 bets, Henry was the least raking up just six per cent of all guesses.

This article first appeared inThe Sun and is republished here with permission.

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