The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's bridesmaids: Then and now

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Grace Van Cutsem upstaging the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's 2011 royal wedding
Grace Van Cutsem upstaging the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's 2011 royal wedding (PA)

It’s hard to believe that 11 years have passed since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married.

The pair tied the knot in Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011, when millions of viewers relished finally getting a glimpse of Kate's Alexander McQueen gown, designed by Sarah Burton, and the couple’s eventual kiss.

There were, however, a couple of distractions. One being Pippa Middleton’s decision to wear a white dress, and the other being the super-cute bridesmaids.

One notable little girl was Grace van Cutsem, the couple’s three-year-old flower girl, who managed to upstage the royal kiss by covering her ears with her hands and maintaining a look of absolute rage throughout the whole moment.

(In her defence, we can assume the volume was extremely high up on that balcony, especially for small ears.)

More than a decade later is plenty of time to grow up, so we take a look at the bridesmaids' best moments.

Louise Windsor

Prince Harry and Louise Windsor wave at the royal wedding in 2011 (PA)
Prince Harry and Louise Windsor wave at the royal wedding in 2011 (PA)

Lady Louise Windsor, then seven, was pictured doing the royal wave on the big day, sharing a carriage with Prince Harry. The daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex is now 18, and very much a lady.

Like the Queen, she loves horse riding, and has even taken up carriage driving, a sport made popular by her late grandfather Prince Philip.

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Lady Louise Windsor takes part in 'The Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of The British Driving Society' on day 4 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park, Windsor Castle on July 4, 2021 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Nowadays, Lady Louise Windsor is taking the wheel. (Indigo/Getty Images)

Grace van Cutsem

Grace van Cutsem at the royal wedding in 2011 (PA)
Grace van Cutsem at the royal wedding in 2011 (PA)

Grace van Cutsem, daughter of Rose Astor and Hugh van Cutsem, was affectionately dubbed the 'grumpy bridesmaid' for her less than impressed facial expressions throughout the day.

Astor is from the New York Astor family, with William Waldorf Astor once the richest person in America. Meanwhile, Grace's grandfather, also Hugh van Cutsem, was one of Prince Charles' closest friends after meeting at Cambridge.

Grace wasn't spotted at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, but her younger cousin Florence van Cutsem, the Duke's goddaughter, went as a bridesmaid – though didn't quite take the internet by storm in the same way.

Now 14-years-old, we can only hope there's a picture of Grace making British history on the mantelpiece somewhere, and that she's having a slightly better time now.

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Margarita Armstrong-Jones

Margarita Armstrong-Jones and Pippa Middleton at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding (PA)
Margarita Armstrong-Jones and Pippa Middleton at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding (PA)

Armstrong-Jones, the grand-niece of the Queen and granddaughter of Princess Margaret, was eight when she was bridesmaid at Prince William and Kate's wedding, pictured with Pippa Middleton, and enjoying views from the balcony.

She has since attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's nuptials in 2018 and is usually among the Queen's extended family to attend the annual Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace.

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Margarita Armstrong-Jones (PA)
Margarita Armstrong-Jones (PA)

Eliza Lopes

(L-R) Michael and Carole Middleton, the parents of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Charles, bridesmaid Eliza Lopes and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London April 29, 2011.  Prince William married his fiancee, Kate Middleton in Westminster Abbey on Friday. (ROYAL WEDDING/BALCONY) REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool (BRITAIN  - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
Birdesmaid Eliza Lopes gets the best views in the house. (ROYAL WEDDING/BALCONY) REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

Eliza lopes, then three, is the granddaughter of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, through her daughter Laura Lopes and husband Harry Lopes. She was memorably lifted up by Prince Charles on the big day, getting a great view.

Now 14, her and her family keep a low profile but she's no doubt still enjoying her grandmother spoiling her and her brothers, who previously commented on how you can "give them all the things parents won't allow".

Come to think of it, what did any of us look like 11 years ago when we watched Prince William and Kate's royal wedding? We might spare ourselves the big reveal.

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