As we reflect back on the year 2011, glimpses of some of the most famous royal weddings ought to sweep across our memories. From Britain’s royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton that appeared to herald the season of royal weddings to Bhutan’s royal wedding of the “Will and Kate” of the Himalayan kingdom, here are the top pictures of royal weddings that happened in 2011:
1. UK Royal Wedding: Prince William
Prince William and Kate Middleton inaugurated the year of royal weddings as they walked the aisle to be pronounced husband and wife at London’s Westminster Abbey on April 29. The royal couple turned their courtship of nearly a decade into marriage, bringing cheer across the world. The ceremony was watched online by 72 million viewers, earning the title for Most Live Streams for a Single Event from Guinness World Records.
2. Monaco Royal Wedding
Britain’s royal wedding was followed by the wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene on July 2. Princess Grace’s son, Prince Albert II, married Princess Charlene, a former Olympic Games swimmer for South Africa, in a lavish ceremony at the Palace in Monaco.
3. UK Royal Wedding: Zara Phillips
Britain's Zara Phillips, the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, married England rugby captain Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 30.
4. German Royal Wedding
Prince Georg Frederich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg got married at the Church of Peace on the grounds of Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany, on Aug. 27. The 35-year-old head of the House of Hohenzollern and great-great-grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II married Princess Sophie, 33, in a civil ceremony.
5. Bhutanese Royal Wedding
Bhutan's fifth “Dragon King,” Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, married his longtime girlfriend, Jetsun Pema, in Bhutan's ancient capital of Punakha on Oct. 13. Wangchuck, often called Prince Charming because of his Elvis Presley looks, married a commoner. The couple has been dubbed the Will and Kate of the Himalayan kingdom.
6. Indonesian Royal Wedding
Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Bendara, the youngest daughter of Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, monarch of the historic Yogyakarta Sultanate in Indonesia, married Kanjeng Pangeran Haryo Yudanegara at the palace in Yogyakarta, Java, on Oct. 18.
7. Spanish Royal Wedding
Spain's 85-year-old Duchess of Alba, Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, married civil servant Alfonso Diez at Sevilla's Palacio de las Duenas on Oct. 5.