Kate Middleton’s very down-to-earth move on her wedding day, which probably surprised the staff

Prince William and Kate will celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary on April 29. We look back at their big day and Kate’s decision to add a down-to-earth touch

The princess looked beautiful for her fairytale wedding(Getty images)

Princess Kate’s life changed forever when she walked down the aisle to marry Prince William.

But despite the pomp and circumstance of the Westminster Abbey ceremony, down-to-earth Kate added a surprisingly personal touch to the day. The princess looked breathtaking in a fitted white V-neck dress with a lace overlay with long sleeves, designed for her by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

She completed her bridal look with a hand-embroidered veil in soft, ivory silk tulle, sparkling Robinson Pelham diamond earrings, a gift from her parents, and the Queen’s Cartier Halo tiara. Her hair on the day was created by senior stylist James Pryce from Richard Ward salon and featured iconic bouncy waves with the top section tied back in a half updo.

But even though Kate had her choice of makeup artists that day, she insisted on doing it herself, reportedly telling assistants at the time that she “knows her own face.”

She was rumored to have had a series of private lessons from London-based make-up artist Arabella Preston prior to the wedding. And that day she created a soft smoky eye and accentuated the apples of her cheeks with a pink blush, combined with a matching lipstick shade.

According to Vogue, Kate also got a manicure from Marina Sandoval of the Jo Hansford Salon in Mayfair, provided by her new stepmother Camilla, then Duchess of Cornwall. Marina created a custom mix for her nails, including Bourjois’ No. 28 Rose Lounge and Essie’s 423 Allure, to create the off-white bridal shade the duchess-to-be was looking for.

By comparison, royal brides before and after Kate opted to get professional help on their wedding day. Princess Diana teamed up with makeup artist Barbara Daly, while Meghan Markle opted for a natural beauty look courtesy of Daniel Martin.

Both Zara Tindall and Princess Eugenie enlisted the help of Bobbi Brown’s Hannah Martin. Eugenie opted for English rose style makeup with rosy cheeks, while Zara opted for a natural glow with brown eyeliner and mascara.