Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding was a joyous affair that was celebrated around the world.
But only 20 minutes before police panicked over an unidentified vehicle that had driven through a safe zone and parked in front of the bride-to-be’s hotel.
The now Duchess of Cambridge was preparing to leave the Goering Hotel in Belgravia when police were made aware of the potential security threat.
One of the top cops on the big day in April 2011 admitted he feared a “Guy Fawke” plot in the ITV documentary The Day Will and Kate Got Married.
And his concern only grew when the car passed the safety zone.
“I don’t know how it happened and I really don’t want to know how it happened to this day,” said Bob Broadhurst, the gold commander of the Metropolitan Police that day.
“But someone in a car came through the security zone, drove around the corner near The Goering, got out of the car and stood on its feet, and joined the crowd.
“Now we have a real problem. This is a potential bomb in the car.”
He revealed that there was real concern that Kate would not make it in time if they had to change their plans.
Fortunately, explosives officers quickly determined that there was no bomb in the car and that the wedding could go as planned.
Police deployed a staggering 5,000 officers to cover the royal wedding, which cost nearly £ 6.5 million.
* The day Will and Kate were married is available on ITV Hub.