Video: William and Catherine making their vows

April 29, 2012

Many of us get caught up in the Royal Wedding fashion, fun and festivities — and we forget that a year ago today two people made solemn promises to each other.

prince william catherine middleton taking wedding vows westminster

The wedding vows of Prince William and Catherine Middleton were what gave the day its meaning . Take a minute (or eight), and click on the image above for The Royal Channel video of the heart of the ceremony. Anyone who has made similar vows knows how hard it can be to live out those promises.

Special moments during the wedding vows

(stills from The Royal Channel video)

Prince Harry tears up during royal wedding vows

Prince Harry tears up as William makes his promises to Catherine.

Prince William loving look at Catherine during wedding

Prince William looks tenderly at Catherine as she takes her vows.

wedding ring ceremony prince william kate middleton

With this ring, I thee wed; with my body I thee honor...

Archbishop of Canterbury wraps hands of William and Kate

Kneeling while the Archbishop of Canterbury wraps their right hands in his stole.

prince william kate middleton kneeling during wedding

William and Catherine receive the blessing of the Archbishop, in a scene that recalls the wedding of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier.

Wishing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a happy anniversary of their wedding day, and joy in the years to come!

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Court Jester April 29, 2012 at 11:13 am

Catherine, Thank you for your beautifully phrased reflection.

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Catherine Forrest April 29, 2012 at 10:48 am

I agree that it is important to remember the very human reality of the promises and the fragility of our lives, even though there is huge pomp here, the theater and accompaniment of the institution. Wonderfully managed and artistically presented ritual.

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