It seems ITV are on a royal documentary boom this year and a new show airing this evening, 7 April, delves into the preparations with first-hand accounts of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s April 2011 wedding, which marks its 10 year anniversary later this month.
The Day Will and Kate Got Married, which airs on ITV at 9pm tonight, revisits accounts from various people involved in the Royal Wedding which took place on 29 April 2011, where 36.7 million Brits tuned in to watch Kate and William say ‘I do.’
Among some of the interviewees, we hear accounts from embroider Gemma Murray who worked on the lace for Kate’s Sarah Burton-designed wedding dress and former Metropolitan Police commander Bob Broadhurst who was in charge of security on the day. Kate’s uncle, Gary Goldsmith, whose Ibiza villa was dubbed ‘Maison de Bang Bang’ by tabloids at the time for the alleged debauchery that took place within its walls, also gives his first ever TV interview in the documentary.
Goldsmith, Carole Middleton’s younger brother says: ‘It’s a fairy tale beyond fairy tales. We come from really humble stock. My father was a painter and decorator, mum was an accounts clerk and their eldest granddaughter was at Westminster Abbey about to marry the future king of this country.’
The one-hour show also reveals the pressures of wedding cake maker Fiona Cairns in creating the eight-tiered fruit cake. In a preview clip Cairns says: ‘I was told that Her Majesty would be coming through the door at the top of the picture gallery to chat at midday – so no pressure, of course, never having built this cake.’
She continued, ‘When the Queen came to see us, the cake wasn’t completely finished, I remember her saying, “I hear you have been dismantling my house” and I said to her, “Well, we had to take a door down from the room below for the trolley to go through with the cake” – but it was all put back in the end so it was fine.’
A statement from ITV reads, ‘Ten years on, The Day Will and Kate Got Married celebrates that momentous day through the memories of family, friends and insiders who played a part in it.’
The Day Will and Kate Got Married airs on ITV at 9pm on 7 April