As more than 100,000 people packed the sun-baked Windsor streets and millions watched worldwide, Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family were joined inside by stars including Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Elton John, George Clooney and David Beckham.The couple held hands throughout and exchanged vows in a Church of England service modified to reflect the bride’s heritage and strong sense of independence.
The marriage was not a popular one."We don't quite know why it was, but they were both excommunicated by the Pope," she said."Some people speculate that it might have been because they were distantly related."Nonetheless, their marriage was very long and very, very happy, and some people say William became much more tyrannical after Matilda's death in 1083."He ruled until his death in 1087.Oddly enough, it was not Henry VIII who was meant to end up with Catherine of Aragon, the youngest daughter of King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I of what is now Spain."Victoria's devastation following his death, after all, led to an emotional collapse."The political gains, however, are not as widely acknowledged."Victoria is also interesting in that she really used her happy marriage with Albert to cement the legitimacy of the British Crown," she said."She depicted herself as a respectable wife, a virtuous mother, and this gave her grounds to be the 'mother' of the British nation."When Queen Victoria removed herself from public life after the death of her husband [in 1861], there were real challenges to the legitimacy of the monarchy, including attempts on her life."It was only after her son, the future Edward VII, was sick with typhoid fever in 1872 that such resentment subsided.Fitzherbert, who not only was a widow but also a Catholic."But the young George's gambling debts were too great, and he was forced to ask his father to bail him out."So, his father made as a condition for the bailout that he would need to contract a respectable marriage," den Otter said."He was contracted to marry Princess Caroline of Brunswick; he was drunk through the wedding and probably [through] the consummation of the marriage."In 1796, once Caroline had given birth to Princess Charlotte, the couple parted company, and Caroline spent much of her time traveling throughout Europe."He really despised her," den Otter explains."When he became monarch [in 1821], he tried to have her barred from the crown.William, then Duke of Normandy, invaded England in 1066 to become the first Norman king of the country.As his name would suggest, he was not known to have the sunniest of dispositions.The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex exchanged vows in St.George’s Chapel in a historic ceremony, sealed with a kiss, which brought the biracial US TV star into the heart of the British monarchy.