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How Prince William Assisted With Kate’s Hair On Their Wedding Day

Yes, Duchess Kate had a personal hair stylist for the Big Day, but her husband-to-be did some of the heavy lifting. Literally.

When Kate Middleton walked down the aisle on April 29, 2011, she was the picture of royalty. Not only was her gown breathtaking, so was her hair. Soft, loose curls made Kate look like a true princess as she exchanged vows with Prince William. But for the reception later that evening, she opted for a more glamorous blowout.

Now, of course Kate had help with her glow-up. Stylist Richard Ward was tasked with making her look “just married” flawless. But he did have a surprise assistant when it came time to show Kate the end result of all of his hard work.

“I wanted to show Kate the back of her hair [getting ready at Clarence House for the evening party] and I was struggling to walk with this 500-year-old mirror,” Ward told PEOPLE Magazine, adding that Prince William jumped in to help. “He just said, ‘Let me give you a hand,’ and I said, ‘No, no, honestly,’ but he took one end and I’ve got the other and we’re shuffling along with this mirror – he’s great, he really is.”

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Ward revealed that the couple was completely down to earth behind the scenes, and that William made him a cup of tea the first time he visited their home. As for Kate, he says she has a “wicked sense of humor.”

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“It’s quite dry, there’s no airs and graces – you can have a good joke with her,” he told PEOPLE.

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Ward said even though he had spent a lot of time with Kate on her wedding day, he was still taken aback when she arrived at the church.

“When she got out of the car and I saw her properly in the dress, the whole thing. I couldn’t even speak, she looked so unbelievable.”

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