Woman’s Day royal correspondent Judy Wade was in Westminster Abbey.
The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was always going to be an extraordinary event. But while pomp and pageantry are par for the course when it comes to the royal family, nothing could prepare the world for the sheer warmth and intimacy of this momentous occasion.
As the commoner bride transformed into a fairytale princess right before our very eyes, it was Kate and William’s personal touch that ensured this much-hyped affair felt very much like a laid-back, friendly, family gathering.
The bride was not the only one transformed. Filled with lush blossoms and towering maple trees, historic Westminster Abbey took on a woodland atmosphere. We might as well have been at a country wedding in Kate’s home village of Berkely, where the Middleton house sits surrounded by oak trees.
As the guests entered, a wonderful and up-beat party vibe unfolded. Greeting
each other with hugs and air-kisses, people mingled and filled the air with lively chatter. You could say we were all swept up in the heady atmosphere of wedding fever.
Read more of Judy's beautiful story and see the stunning pictures in the special royal issue of Woman's Day on sale Sunday May 1.