The Queen Secretly Encouraged Will and Kate to Break This Royal Protocol for Their Wedding

When Prince William and Kate Middleton were planning their wedding, there wasn't going to be room for their friends on the gust list. Queen Elizabeth told them to tear up the formal list and start with their own friends.

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Queen Elizabeth is usually known for being the stickler for royal protocol and etiquette, but she actually encouraged Prince William and Kate Middleton to ignore that protocol when it came to planning their wedding in 2011.

In her 2013 book Kate: A Biography, royal author Marcia Moody, explains how the Queen gave Will and Kate permission to be loose with the rules on their special day. According to Express, Moody wrote: 

That might not have been the best public figurehead move, but it was definitely the best loving grandma move.

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