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William and Kate celebrate their first year of marriage

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend this weekend with friends as they mark their first wedding anniversary.

William and Kate will travel to an undisclosed location in the UK to join friends for a celebration - but not their own.

It is not known what the big event is, but it is important enough for the royals to want to mark it during their special weekend.

The Duke and Duchess were married before the eyes of the world on April 29 last year.

In this archive report, ITV New's James Mates rounds up the couple's special day.

Since they walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey as man and wife they have had an eventful 12 months.

The royal couple honeymooned in the Seychelles, before touring Canada and California last summer then returning home to the UK to settle down to married life.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at BMO Centre to watch the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Credit: Lionel Hahn/PA Wire
Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Charles Dharapak/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

William has recently returned from a six-week deployment in the Falkland Islands as an RAF search and rescue helicopter co-pilot, while Kate has carried out a string of solo engagements around the country.

It is thought the royals will travel back to their home in North Wales on Sunday to celebrate their anniversary privately

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a dancing show by teenagers on a visit to the Inner City Arts club in Los Angeles, California. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Behind closed doors the couple are likely to prepare a romantic meal to mark 12 months as husband and wife.

The first wedding anniversary is traditionally known as paper and the Duke and Duchess may exchange gifts.

Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

A St James's Palace spokesman would not comment on the couple's plans for the anniversary, saying only: "They will spend the weekend with friends who have a celebration."