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Cuddling William and Kate share loved-up new pictures to mark 10th wedding anniversary

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge still look all loved-up in two delightful new portraits released to mark their tenth wedding anniversary.

Kate, 39, was beaming with delight as she nestled lovingly into the grinning future King, 38.

In a second image the couple sit holding hands, with Kate leaning against William.

The pair will tomorrow mark 10 years since they tied the knot at Westminster Abbey in a televised ceremony watched by an estimated two billion people around the world.

Both photographs were taken at Kensington Palace this week by Chris Floyd, with the duchess sporting a dress by Ghost.

In the decade since their big day William, second-in-line to the throne after his father, and Kate have had three children – George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, three.

The couple, who have three children, tied the knot at Westminster Abbey a decade ago
The couple, who have three children, tied the knot at Westminster Abbey a decade ago


Their wedding on April 29, 2011, saw viewers from around the globe tune in to see Kate walk down the aisle to marry her prince almost 10 years after they first met as freshers at the University of St Andrews.

At the time William had a strong bond with his brother Harry, who was best man for the ceremony – and the latter reportedly regaled reception guests with a gushing speech in which he described them as a “perfect couple”.

Fast forward a decade and although William and Kate’s marriage remains strong, the relationship between the brothers is troubled.

In a bombshell interview screened last month, Harry told Oprah Winfrey that William was “trapped” in his role, and claimed the relationship between the two was “space”.

Kate has reportedly been playing the role of peacekeeper between the feuding siblings, it is reported.

Their wedding in 2011 was watched by more than two billion people around the world
Their wedding in 2011 was watched by more than two billion people around the world

William and Harry in happier times in 2011
William and Harry in happier times in 2011

As The Mirror reported earlier this week, William and Kate’s wedding nearly didn’t go ahead at all, as the prince broke the romance off in the early days.

They were first snapped kissing in the Swiss resort of Klosters in April 2004 and the relationship became public, triggering frenzied speculation of an engagement.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl said William then began to feel “claustrophobic” in the relationship and there were reports of a brief split.

Robert Jobson, in his book William’s Princess, writes that a Palace source told him: “Prince William thinks the world of Kate Middleton, but he has confided to at least one of his best friends that the relationship has been getting a little stale and he thinks they may be better suited as friends.

“He has been unhappy in the relationship for a while. The truth is he thinks that when they graduate in the spring they’ll go their own ways.”

They didn’t, and seemingly reconciled. But knowing his father Prince Charles had been pushed into marrying his mother Diana, William feared history repeating and snapped.

In 2005, he impatiently told one TV interviewer: “Look, I’m only 22, for God’s sake. I am too young to marry at my age. I don’t want to get married until I’m at least 28 or maybe 30.”

It was hardly love at first sight when, both fresh from gap years, they first met in 2002. Some reports have it that Kate awkwardly curtsied when their paths crossed in the first year halls of residence.

She later said: “I actually think I went bright red when I met you and sort of scuttled off, feeling very shy.”

Both had other partners initially, and were just friends. William started studying History of Art with Kate, but had a “wobble” and swapped to Geography. Reportedly, it was Kate who helped him through worries about his course.

William, whose pet name for Kate is said to be Babykins, while she calls him Big Willie, recalled: “We spent more time with each other, had lots of fun and realised we shared the same interests.

“She’s got a really naughty sense of humour, which helps me because I’ve got a really dry sense of humour, so it was good fun.”



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