Can you believe that it’s a year since Prince William and Catherine Middleton said ‘I Do’ at Westminster Abbey? Time certainly does fly by doesn’t it? With this in mind, we thought as a mini tribute to Kate & Wills, we would look at the variety of places you could visit on coach holidays with Door2Tour to follow in the footsteps of their romance. Take a look at what we’ve cherry-picked below and if you can think of any others, please do get in touch…
St Andrews is Scotland’s
oldest University and for four years, William and Kate enjoyed a rather anonymous existence, blending in with their 7,500 students as their romance quietly blossomed. William and Kate met as teenagers when they lived doors apart in digs at St Salvator’s House in 2001. According to Professor Cassidy, Prince William was ‘very anxious and very nervous’ during his first few weeks at the University but he soon found his feet and grew close to Kate over the following year and are believed to have become an item in 2003. St Andrews claims to be Britain’s top match-making university with at least one in ten students meeting their future spouse there.
The Royal Wedding where William and Kate exchanged vows was a television spectacle where the world watched as the fairytale came true for Kate Middleton, a middle-class girl who married her prince. Not only seen as being the wedding venue for Kate & William, Westminster Abbey
is a must-see living pageant of British history welcoming over one million visitors each year. The Abbey is over 700 years old and is located in the heart of London. Once inside the Abbey, there are audio guides available in eight languages or there is the highly-popular verger-led tour.
This is where William and Kate sealed their marriage with a kiss on the Buckingham Palace
balcony but urged on by the cheering 500,000-strong crowd watching from The Mall, they did it again! The double embrace was the highlight of a happy and glorious day in which the couple’s joy was shared by a million well-wishers who lined the streets of London and the billions who were watching on TV at home. As they looked on from the balcony they were faced with a mass of Union Jack flags being waved energetically from every side of The Mall. It is also here where the now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge surprised crowds as they drove out of Buckingham Palace in a vintage car decorated with the number plate “Ju5T WED”.
It is in Anglesey that William and Kate carried out their first official engagement since becoming a couple. The future Duchess of Cambridge cracked open a bottle of champagne over a new RNLI lifeboat at Trearddur Bay. After The Royal Wedding, the couple returned to their modest white-wash cottage located in Anglesey
as William returned to work as a search and rescue helicopter pilot with the RAF. The couple are expected to stay here until sometime in 2013 when they will set up home in London’s Kensington Palace. Anglesey is not only famous for being the home of William and Kate, it also plays host to the village with the longest name in Europe: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch which is located near to the Britannia Bridge.
Have you felt the Royal Effect since William & Kate got married? Were you lucky enough to see the dress in 2011? We’d love to hear from you so do get in touch!