A Daddy & His Daughter

The Royal Wedding: A Daddy & His Daughter

The Royal Wedding of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Elizabeth Middleton took place on April 29, 2011 at the historic Westminster Abbey in London.  Despite the glaring spotlight and nerves of the day, the Middletons and the Royal Family accomplished one of their chief goals, which was to also maintain the sense of an intimate family occasion.  I was particularly moved by Michael Middleton on the day. What must have been going through this father’s mind? In addition to the emotions of a normal wedding, his little girl was walking into Westminster to become a princess.

Royal engagement

It was grounded Michael who had remarked early on in Kate and William’s relationship:

“We are very amused at the thought of being in-laws to Prince William, but I don’t think that is going to happen.”

 It must have been a bit surreal to find himself, years later, being chauffeured through London in a royal Rolls Royce, waving to crowds conservatively estimated at over 600,000 strong. Throughout the service and the day, Mr. Middleton seemed focused on Kate’s comfort, and appeared to be soaking up the the significance of the event. 

The Royal Wedding

As he held his daughter’s train, Mike Middleton’s top hat took a slight tumble. That face seems to say, “Can I get some help here?”:

kates clothes mike middleotn royal wedding hat tumble

The processional by Sir Hubert Parry began with the very appropriate words from Psalm 122:

I was glad when they said unto me : We will go into the house of the Lord.

Despite understandable nerves, Kate was cool, collected, and radiantly happy:

kates clothes royal wedding

The father-of-the-bride looked nostalgic as he escorted Kate toward her royal future, but with one final squeeze and it was show-time:

kates clothes royal wedding michael and kate middleton

At the altar, Mr. Middleton added a few little tweaks to make sure Kate was picture perfect:

The Royal Wedding

Perhaps one of my personal favorite moments was when the congregation sang God Save the Queen. Mike’s demeanor during the rousing and patriotic hymn seemed convey the overarching theme of Kate’s fairytale: the girl from the home-counties marrying a prince. Standing just a few yards from the monarch herself, his daughter the freshly titled Duchess of Cambridge and future Queen of England, it must have been an extraordinary moment for him as a father and as a British citizen.

With his job done, Mr. Middleton was able to observe the final stages of the lavish wedding, as the Royal Family and the Middletons prepared to ext the Abbey together.

The Royal Wedding of Prince William at Westminster Abbey.

 

Michael was the last off the balcony, leaving William and Kate a final, private moment to wave and soak in the scene, before coming off, too. He walked her up the aisle at Westminster Abbey a commoner, and left her on the Buckingham Palace balcony with her new spouse, a Princess of the United Kingdom.

kates clothes leaving teh balcony

When William and Kate announced their engagement in November of 2010, the Middletons met the press outside their home, and Michael made a brief statement:

We all think [William] is wonderful and we are extremely fond of him. They make a lovely couple, they are great fun to be with, and we’ve had a lot of laughs together. We wish them every happiness for the future.

Certainly we all wish them that joy. Every parent wants to see their child happily settled, and it seems that all royal trappings aside, Mr. Middleton is very content that Kate has found her handsome prince. A very Happy 4th Anniversary to Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge!

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17 Responses

  1. Laura

    Another great perspective. Thank you. Kate and William seem like the happily ever after that I hoped for with Charles and Diana.

    1. Jane Barr

      Yes, I think, particularly amongst those who followed Diana and Charles, this marriage is very…healing. I have heard that from a number of people. It has a beautiful and redemptive quality. :)

      Thanks for reading, Laura, and pausing to comment!

  2. Nancy

    Hi Jane,

    I feel so fortunate to know that you, as well as countless others. feel about William and Catherine as I do. This was a beautiful article. I want you to know that you are my go to source for all things Cambridge. No one else has a style of writing like you do. Keep up the good work and know that I will be reading.

    xo
    Nancy in Alabama

    1. Jane Barr

      Oh, thank you, Nancy! This is very sweet! I love to hear that you read From Berkshire to Buckingham and now Kate’s Clothes, too!
      Your encouragement is very appreciated!

      Warmly,
      Jane

  3. royalfan

    Some of these photos are a first for me. I especially love the way Michael Middleton is focused on her expression in two of them. Lovely to see.

  4. Eva B

    Absolutely gorgeous post. Love your new site. Thank you for putting so much effort into this and From Berkshire to Buckingham. So many pictures I have never seen before!! Love,Love,Love them!!

  5. Tina

    Thank you for taking the time to gather such unique photos. I loved seeing the familiar photos from a different perspective (from above). I love your other site, and I know I love this site just as much. Thank you for your efforts as we are the benefactors.

  6. Michelle

    Reading both of your posts and enjoying all of the wonderful photos made my day! Now we are ready for a sweet new little baby Cambridge!

  7. Dy

    Another wonderful post. I love to read all your thoughts on this lovely couple. You have a great writing “voice” thank you for sharing.

  8. Maggie

    The look on Michaels face as he glances at Kate just before they go inside the abbey just brings tears to my eyes. He seems like such a sweet caring father:)

  9. Diane

    Just beautiful Jane! A wonderful view of Michael Middleton’s experience, what a sweetheart he seems to be. A seamless transition for Kate, and so much real love and joy just makes the whole event radiant. Thank you for your wonderful posts!

  10. This made me cry in the happiest way. I love Michael singing. The top photo is my favorite. I love both your blogs and read them regularly. I am from the Diana era, and owned so many books and magazines from then. Live blogging beats those days. You do beautiful honor to the entire Royal and Middleton Family.

  11. Juliet Russell

    Jane, many thanks for both of your lovely blogs. I inherited my mother’s love of the British Royal family and while she has been gone for many years I feel her close to me as I continue to follow the Royals through their tragedies and triumphs. Your blogs are beautifully done and my mother would have wholeheartedly approved. I remember her anxiously awaiting delivery of her British royal magazines and the numerous books covering the Queen and her family, particularly during the Diana years. She would have been overjoyed to see how the internet has brought her beloved Royals even closer and on a daily basis. It’s impossible to adequately express to you the joy your blogs bring into my life. Warmest regards, Juliet

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