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The Cambridge's 8th Wedding Anniversary

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a carriage ride from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace. Photo: Getty

Eight years ago an estimated 2 billion people around the world tuned in to watch the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. I had always liked the royal family (a passion that was passed on from my mom who was a Princess Diana fan) but looking back I can definitively say that William and Catherine's wedding was the launchpad for a fascination with the family that still holds today.

Trooping the Colour in 2011 was the first time the public saw the younger generation of Royals emerging. Photo: Getty

Prior to April 29th 2011 the youngest ‘working royal’ was in her mid-forties, the younger generation (William, Harry, Beatrice, Eugenie etc.) hadn’t officially started their public lives. Prince William and Prince Harry were both working full time, others were still in school and more than entitled to their private lives. The news about them was sparse and therefore there wasn’t much available to younger royal fans, like myself. But this day changed that, and everyone could feel what that meant.

London came to a standstill and people all over the world were crowding around televisions, eagerly waiting for the first sightings of the young bride and groom. This wedding promised to be different than the wedding of Charles and Diana. William and Catherine had known one another for almost a decade and Catherine was a full decade older than Princess Diana had been. It was still a fairy tale but it was a modern day fairy tale, the Bride and Groom were ready for what was coming their way, the mistakes of the past weren’t being repeated. And the wedding was magical, Disney could not have done it better. Certainly there were some nerves and a slight stumble while putting the rings on but that only made it better.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walking to Easter service in Windsor, 2019. Photo: Getty

Now eight years and three children later the magic of that day doesn’t seem to have worn off. The Duchess of Cambridge was just seen wearing her wedding day earrings during an Easter Service with her husband where they seemed just as happy, if not more, than they were eight years ago. The Duke of Cambridge was heard talking happily about the family he shares with the Duchess during a walkabout in New Zealand.

Their wedding was the first event to usher a younger generation of royal fans into the fold and over the last eight years they younger generation of royals have become even more prevalent. Each birth, wedding and tour bringing more and more fans towards this family. Royal fascination seems to be at an all time high and much of that can be attributed directly to the younger generations of royals.

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge share their first kiss at Buckingham Palace. Photo: Getty

A lot of my friends ask me what it is about the Royal Family that I love so much and the answer has remained the same for exactly eight years now; there's always going to be bad things in the world but, for me, the Royal Family is a constant source of good news celebrating weddings and new babies, raising awareness about important causes and highlighting the people who have dedicated their lives to them.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding started it all for me and I am very excited to wish them a very happy eighth anniversary. xx

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