Royal runaway: How Kate and William narrowly avoided ‘disaster’ on day

KATE and Prince William's lavish was watched by millions - but the couple only just avoided a serious ‘disaster' which could have marred the day, according to reports.

PUBLISHED: 09:00, Sun, Oct 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:00, Sun, Oct 18, 2020

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Kate and William will be celebrating their 10th anniversary next year. The couple have come to exemplify the Royal Family’s values in recent years, and regularly cause a delighted stir among royal watchers by posting images of their three children on social media — Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. As the future King and Queen consort, they have been in the spotlight ever since they announced their engagement back in 2010.


The couple had been dating since 2003, but Kate gave her first public interview only after William had proposed.

She was therefore still quite unused to the scrutiny that comes with being a royal — and one particular event threatened to unnerve her on her day, when an estimated 23 million people were watching her.

Journalist Caroline Gammell reported on their day, April 29, 2011, that Kate was “spooked by a runaway horse” which threw its rider off near the royal carriage.

The newly-wed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on their way out of Westminster Abbey at the time, to start on the royal procession around the London streets.

Kate Middleton and Prince William on their wedding day in 2011Kate Middleton and Prince William on their day in 2011 (Image: Getty)

Kate and William's wedding was watched by 23 million peopleKate and William's was watched by 23 million people (Image: Getty)

Ms Gammell claimed: “Miss Middleton, who is allergic to the animals, looked alarmed as the horse catapulted its rider to the ground and had to be restrained by a mounted police officer after the royal .”

William then “offered a few calming words to his new bride” as the horse was frightened by the cheering crowds around Parliament Square and Whitehall.

She continued: “The rider scrambled to his feet and managed to take the reins and pull the horse to one side as the royal couple passed.”

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