Prince William: Nerves and Noise Prevented Me From Sleeping the Night Before I Married Kate

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Both Prince William and his beautiful bride, Kate Middleton, looked like a million bucks at their royal wedding, which took place just over a year ago. However, the groom now admits that he barely slept the night before — and there were a few other glitches along the way in the wedding preparation process.

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With crowds camped outside the royal residence, Clarence House, in London to ensure that they had a good spot the next day along the wedding procession route, the noise kept William from falling asleep the night before his wedding. "I hadn't slept at all that night because obviously all the crowds were [outside]," William, 29, says in the upcoming UK TV special "Elizabeth: Queen, Wife and Mother." "They were singing and cheering all night long. So, the excitement of that, the nervousness of me, and everyone singing meant I slept for about half an hour, I think."

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In addition to a case of the nerves, the prince ran into some other issues the typical groom deals with before the wedding, including a bloated guest list. "There was very much a subdued moment when I was handed a list with 777 names on it — not one person I knew or Catherine knew," he recalled. "I went to [my grandmother] and said, 'Listen, I've got this list, not one person I know — what do I do?' And she went, 'Get rid of it. Start from your friends and then we'll add those we need to in due course. It's your day.'"

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The prince also said that his traditional wedding attire — he wore his Irish Guards uniform — also caused him some stress. "The hardest thing was trying to walk down the stairs with my spurs on, sideways," he said of the metal tools attached to his footwear. "I had visions of myself and my brother colliding and crashing down the stairs."

Despite the handful of pre-wedding snafus, he said the wedding "was really good fun."

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The interview is tied into his grandmother's Diamond Jubilee, so William also shared some personal stories about the queen. In one, the prince — who recently acquired a cocker spaniel puppy named Lupo with his new bride — talked about the queen's love of animals, including her beloved, apparently very yappy, corgis. "They're barking all the time," he said. "She enjoys it. I would just question the noise!"

He also noted that his relationship with the queen has grown stronger in recent years. "We're definitely a lot closer than we used to be," he noted. "I think being a small boy it's very daunting seeing the queen around and not really quite knowing what to talk about or what to ask her. I think over the years that's got a lot better. I've grown up, hopefully, a little bit and tried to understand a bit more about her role and my own role."

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