New pictures of Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge were released late Wednesday to mark the 10th anniversary of their royal wedding on Thursday.
The two portraits, taken this week at Kensington Palace by photographer Chris Floyd, show the couple in cuddly poses, smiling broadly and dressed casually.
He’s wearing a blue sweater, shirt and pants. She’s wearing a frilly, patterned wrap dress of a sheer material. They’re holding hands or wrapped in each other’s arms in the pictures.
In one picture, they’re sitting on the grass. In the other, they appear to be standing in a palace courtyard.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge typically release new pictures, sometimes taken by Kate herself, to mark birthdays, holidays and other special occasions.
Thursday marks 10 years since the second in line to the throne, now 38, wed his longtime live-in commoner girlfriend, the former Kate Middleton, now 39, in an extravagant ceremony on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey in London before 1,900 guests.
The wedding, full of music, joy, pomp-and-circumstance, scarlet military uniforms and a spectacular wedding dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, was watched by millions around the globe.
It recalled the fairy-tale qualities of the 1981 nuptials of his parents, Prince Charles and the former Lady Diana Spencer, but without the unhappiness, divorce and tragedy that followed over the next 16 years.
The Cambridges, now the parents of three – Prince George, 7 and another future king, Princess Charlotte, soon-to-be-6, and Prince Louis, 3 – are now full-time working royals, taking up more responsibilities to help his father as grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, 95, cuts back on public engagements.
The family live in a sprawling 20-room apartment in Kensington Palace and also spend a lot of time, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, at Anmer Hall, their country retreat gifted to them by the queen, on the royal Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
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