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A triumphant entrance: Katie and Chris Dunlop donned crowns and waved like royalty as they arrived at their wedding reception in St. Louis on April 29, 2011. It was their tribute to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which took place on the same day.
By Laura T. Coffey
TODAY contributor
updated 4/26/2012 3:49:29 PM ET 2012-04-26T19:49:29

About a year ago at this time, brides-to-be on both sides of the Atlantic nervously fussed with their wedding favors and fidgeted with their RSVP cards with similar worries on their minds: Would their long-planned April 29 weddings be eclipsed by the blinding spotlight shining on Westminster Abbey in London?

Many who couldn’t alter their own April 29 wedding plans genuinely wondered whether their big day would be upstaged and overshadowed — but not Katie Steiner. She and her fiancé Chris Dunlop decided to embrace Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials in a way their wedding guests will never forget: When the moment arrived for the Dunlops to make their grand entrance at their reception, they did so wearing crowns.

“We came out waving like they do — you know, really proper?” said Katie Dunlop, 31. “That was our tribute. It was a hit.”

As an added touch, Katie and Chris handed out crowns to everybody who wanted to boogie on the dance floor.

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“Everyone really liked the crowns,” Katie recalled, noting that the regal coincidence made their entire wedding day “more festive and fun.” Even the priest who married them in a beautiful Catholic church tapped into the excitement over William and Kate’s wedding.

“During the homily, he said he had told his friends he was going to the royal wedding, and his friends were like, ‘What?! You got invited?!’” Katie said. “But of course, he was talking about our wedding.”

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TODAY.com profiled Katie and Chris a year ago as their April 29 wedding date approached. Unlike some other couples in our story, the Chicago couple were excited about sharing their day with the royal couple. Katie pointed out that her first name was similar to Kate’s, and Chris noted that he looks a lot like Prince William.

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“He thinks he does,” Katie joked last year at this time. “I’m like, ‘No, you don’t!’ But he does look like him a little.”

Image: Katie Dunlop with her bridesmaids on her wedding day
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Katie Dunlop wore a Vera Wang dress and had seven bridesmaids in her wedding party. (One of them isn't pictured here.)

While it may not have been quite as lavish as William and Kate’s, the Dunlops’ wedding in St. Louis was pretty fancy. It included a reception at a country club, a cocktail hour, a multi-course sit-down dinner, a stunning cake, a live band, seven bridesmaids, seven groomsmen, two flower girls and two ring bearers. The couple invited 200 guests, and Katie wore a Vera Wang gown. After the wedding, Katie and Chris enjoyed an island honeymoon — not in the Seychelles like William and Kate, but on St. Lucia and Nevis in the Caribbean Sea.

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Image: Chris and Katie Dunlop on their wedding day
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Chris and Katie Dunlop said sharing their wedding day with Prince William and Kate Middleton made the whole event more fun and festive.

In the months following their wedding, Katie and Chris didn’t get a puppy the way Kate and William did, but they did have to deal with pregnancy rumors in royal-couple fashion. Before long, the truth couldn’t be concealed: They’re due to have a baby girl on June 15.

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In the meantime, Katie is working as a leasing representative for three malls in the Chicago area, and Chris, 30, is an account executive for a local television station. They’re as happy as they ever were that their wedding date featured a brush with royalty.

“We’ll always remember our wedding anniversary,” Katie said. “It’s fun. It’s just a nice association to have.”

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  1. A royal anniversary

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  2. Having a laugh

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  3. Table tennis champ

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  4. Sitting pretty

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  5. Pretty in pink

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  6. Loving couple

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  7. Eye of the beholder

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  8. Work it

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  9. Desk-mates

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  10. Royal wave

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  11. Festive attire

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  12. Roof-in it

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  13. Chic covering

    Duchess Kate and Prince William visit a mosque in Kuala Lumpur on Sept. 14, 2012, on the second leg of a nine-day Southeast Asian and Pacific tour marking Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. (Str / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Art lovers

    Prince William and Duchess Kate pose with a young artist as they visit the Rainbow Centre on the Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Far East on Sept. 12, 2012 in Singapore. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Blooming

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  16. Sweet embrace

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  17. Let the games begin

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  18. Suit up

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  19. Fascinating fascinator

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  20. Family portrait

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  21. Sweet ride

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  22. British pride

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  28. Compassionate duo

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  30. Hollywood glamour

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  31. Serving with a smile

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  32. Hands-on projects

    The newlyweds work together to create clay hand prints at L.A.'s Inner City Arts center on the last day of their tour. Kate has a strong interest in the arts, and is patron of an art therapy charity as well as the U.K.'s National Gallery. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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  40. Will you be mine?

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  41. Girls' day out

    Queen Elizabeth II, together with her daughter-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, visit the upscale grocery and department store Fortnum & Mason in London on March 1. It was the first official visit the three generations made together, and cemented Kate's place at the heart of the royal family. (Alastair Grant / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. A royal laugh

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  43. First words

    While her husband was away in the Falklands, Kate made her first official speech during a visit to The Treehouse Children's Hospice in March. The Duchess wrote the text herself, saying that she was "only sorry that William can't be here today; he would love it here." (Wpa Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. Family bonding

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  45. Movie date

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  46. Babe in arms

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  47. Captured in wax

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