Prince William and Princess Kate: Their Perfect Day

In honor of Will and Kate’s 5th wedding anniversary, we’re taking a look back at PEOPLE‘s original 2011 cover story about their fairy tale nuptials. Keep reading for the entire cover story!

It came through the stone walls of the 766-year-old church: the heart-pounding throb of millions of hands clapping and voices cheering, a joyful rising tide reverberating through the hallowed halls of Westminster Abbey. And in that moment—the moment when the Archbishop of Canterbury declared William Arthur Philip Louis and Catherine Elizabeth man and wife – something extraordinary happened: One by one, the 1,900 gathered guests broke into grins.

“There was a swell of smiles and laughter when the cheers came from outside,” says Kate Wright, one of the select attendees. “The congregation almost wanted to join in the cheering.” Despite the massive scene outside, for those inside the abbey, the service seemed “so personal and very relaxed,” says guest Claudia Bradby. “I think if William didn’t have a public role, they would have loved to have gotten married in a little church in Bucklebury. It felt a bit like that – like a really personal event but on a larger scale.”

Epic is more like it. But at the center of the regal day on April 29, with all the pomp, circumstance and

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