There was stiff competition from Princess Beatrice’s hat and Pippa Middleton’s bottom. However, for many, three-year-old bridesmaid Grace Van Cutsem stole the show at the Royal Wedding by frowning in frustration when Prince William kissed the new Duchess of Cambridge on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
What the world did not see, however, was how much happier Grace was at the reception later that afternoon. Here she was free to run around the marquee like any “normal” toddler at a family wedding. At one point Princess Anne picked her up for a cuddle and carried her over to the Queen. Grace grinned widely, as did her Majesty. Then the little girl leant forward and stroked the Queen’s face.
Of course these images would never make it into Hello magazine. I was extremely lucky to observe it all as William and Kate’s secret guest.