British Queen Elizabeth II wished her grandson Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a “very happy” tenth wedding anniversary. William, 38, second to the British throne, and Kate, 39, marked the day with the publication of two specially commissioned photographs of the couple posing together at Kensington Palace in London, taken by photographer Chris Floyd this week. The couple, who met while studying at St. Andrews University in Scotland, got married after an eight-year relationship in a grand ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London ago 10 years.
“Wishing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a very happy wedding anniversary. Today marks the tenth anniversary that Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at Westminster Abbey,” reads the published message from the Queen by Buckingham Palace on Twitter with one of the couple’s photographs.
Wishing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a very happy wedding anniversary.
Today marks the tenth anniversary of the exchange of vows of Their Royal Highnesses at Westminster Abbey. https://t.co/J9tTp8Y58D
– The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 29, 2021
The photo shows them smiling for the cameras in the grounds of Kensington Palace, similar to a photo taken to celebrate the couple’s engagement 11 years ago. The second photo released by the Royal Family shows the couple, nicknamed Wills and Kate, sitting on the floor together, holding hands.
The Duke and Duchess are the parents of three young children: Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 3.
During the coronavirus lockdowns, the family baked pastries for local vulnerable people, made video calls, supported key workers and homeschooled their children. Kate also focused on charitable work in the areas of mental health, the visual arts and the benefits of the outdoors.
The couple also became co-sponsors of NHS Charities Together. The 240 NHS charities in the UK provide additional funding for hospitals, community and mental health services and ambulance services. A new UKTN documentary airs Friday to celebrate the couple’s royal wedding, watched by millions around the world in 2011. ‘Royal Wedding: A Day to Remember’ will feature an interview with Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury who headed the couple’s wedding service, then Prime Minister David Cameron.