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Prince William and Kate Middleton Royal Wedding

Updated on October 18, 2013

The royal wedding proposal happened on October 20, 2010 at a lake by the slopes of Mt. Kenya, Africa's second highest peak

Prince William, the heir to the throne, son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, proposed to his girlfriend of eight years, Kate Middleton who is a millionaire's daughter.

The royal wedding proposal happened on October 20, 2010 by a lake on the slopes of Mount Kenya, Africa's second highest peak. Mount Kenya is located above the wildlife conservancy called Lewa Downs, owned by the parents of Jecca Craig, who was rumored to be one of Prince William's former girlfriends.

Royal history also happened here in 1952 when the Prince's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth I, learned that she had become Queen. The young Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip were at that time billeted at the Treetops Hotel in Nyeri when they learned the news that the Queen's father, King George VI, died that same night.

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The Royal Wedding

William and Kate dolls

Mattel has released a set of dolls of William and Kate to commemorate the couple's first wedding anniversary on April 29, 2012

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge celebrated their first year wedding anniversary in a simple celebration, a far cry from that pompous wedding held last year which was witnessed by people from all over the world. They celebrated it one weekend in a quiet, romantic undisclosed location away from the public's prying eyes and most especially from the paparazzi.

The official photo of the Royal Wedding

The engagement ring

William admitted that he was so worried about losing his mother's engagement ring that he hid this in his backpack for three weeks before proposing to Kate." I literally would not let it go. Everywhere I went, I was keeping hold of it because I knew if this thing disappeared I'd be in a lot of trouble."

This sapphire and diamond ring that William's father, the Prince of Wales gave to his mother, Princess Diana, in 1981 was very special to William. He said that giving Kate the ring was his way of making sure that his mother didn't miss out on today and the excitement and the fact that they're going to spend the rest of their lives together.

The romantic 28-year-old heir to the throne proposed to her lady love by this secluded lake on the slopes of Mt. Kenya, Africa's second highest mountain on October 20, 2010. Lake Alice and Lake Michaelson, two lakes on the slopes are accessible only by helicopter. Prince William, a Royal Air Force pilot, was known to have flown Kate to the lakeside in a helicopter to propose to her.

This is the Maasai lodge called II Ngsewi where Prince William and Kate stayed during their 10-day holiday with friends. The open-air retreat was located in a savannah north of Mt. Kenya where it offered tents, locally called bandas with a panoramic view of the surrounding picture perfect landscape.

The log cabin in Lake Rutundu

It was in this log cabin in Lake Rutundu where the Prince proposed to Kate on October 20, 2010.

This is the place, in the verandah to be exact, where William took out his mother's sapphire and diamond engagement ring from his backpack and slipped it on his fiancee's finger.

The couple arrived here by helicopter. The log cabin is near the Lewa Downs wildlife reserve, owned by the parents of his friend Jecca Craig who was rumored to be one of his former girlfriends. A safari guide, a cabin attendant and a chef looked after their needs during their stay.. A royal insider said that there are only two cabins which can lodge a maximum of eight, and you can't go up there unless you are expected.

The bed where the couple spent those romantic 24 hours

Prince William and Kate, spent the night of October 20, 2010 in this bedroom.

The interior of the log cabin

Located in the slopes of Mount Kenya, the hut had no electricity. The four-poster bed in their cabin was made out of tree trunks. Elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes and hyenas roam nearby.

The notes that William and Kate left in the guest book.

The couple expressed their delight and satisfaction about the visit by leaving messages in the guest book. They also mentioned that they went fishing in a nearby lake and spent a romantic yet chilly evening in front of an open fire, with the spartan hut lit by candles.

William wrote the following message: "Such fun to be back! Brought more warm clothes this time! Looked after so well, thank you guys! Look forward to next time, soon I hope."

And this is what Kate said: "Thank you for such a wonderful 24 hours! Sadly no fish to be found but we had great fun trying. I love the warm fires and candlelights - so romantic! Hope to be back again soon. Catherine Middleton."

Now it can be told: William and Kate's honeymoon

William and Kate had their honeymoon at North Island, Seychelles. This is one of the villas in the islands.

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William and Kate 2011 Canadian tour

Prince William in the Falklands

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Enjoy your royal watching!

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      limited279 5 years ago

      We were on holidays in PEI when they were visiting canada last year and we got to see the prince fly a helicopter!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The lake is so romantic, no wonder Prince William proposed to Kate in these surroundings.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I didn't know about the log cabin proposal, how romantic! I've seen other lenses about the engagement but knew noting of the cabin or those guest book messages. Congratulations on being unique.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I enjoyed reading their comments in the guest book. Thanks for giving this glimpse into their engagement.