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8 Unseen Moments From Prince William & Kate Middleton’s Wedding

10 years on, we look back at the BTS highlights.

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According to a new ITV documentary, Kate and William’s 1,900 wedding guests included the Middletons’ postman, Ryan Naylor; their family butchers, Sue and Martin Fidler; and local pub owner of The Old Boot Inn, John Haley. Plus, Diana’s former Royal Protection Officer, Graham Craker.

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As maid of honour, Pippa Middleton was also in charge of chasing up RSVPs. Local pub owner John Haley recalled to ITV, “I phoned the number back and she said, ‘Hi John, this is Pippa. Kate would like to know if you'd like to go to her wedding.’ I honestly never expected it.”

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There was a bomb scare 15 minutes before Kate was due to head to the Abbey. “Someone drove through the secure zone, got close to The Goring [hotel], got out of the car and legged it,” former Met Police Commander Bob Broadhurst told ITV. Luckily, explosions officers diffused the situation.

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According to Tatler, Kate reportedly wanted to emulate her mother’s floral wedding hairpiece. By way of compromise, her junior bridesmaids and flower girls wore Carole Middleton-inspired flower crowns, and the bride-to-be borrowed the Cartier Halo tiara from the Queen.

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As ITV’s documentary revealed, 40 boxes travelled 100 miles to transport the royal wedding cake from Fiona Cairns’ Leicestershire factory to Buckingham Palace. She and her team had less than 3 months to create the bespoke bake: a traditional fruit cake with cream and white icing.

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The wedding cake was so big that a door had to be removed in Buckingham Palace to get it inside. In the ITV documentary, Cairns recalled the queen saying, “I hear you've been dismantling my house.”

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Speaking to T&C, photographer Hugo Burnand revealed his team moved into Buckingham Palace three days before the wedding. In lieu of the wedding party, he roped in the Queen's staff for a rehearsal, which was timed to meet the couple’s tight schedule. They had only 25 minutes for official portraits.

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Prepping for the evening party, hair stylist Richard Ward had help from Prince William. “I was struggling to walk with this 500-year-old mirror,” Ward told People, “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.”