Opening up in a recent interview, Prince William confessed he hardly slept the night before his April 29, 2011 wedding.
In a segment called "Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother" set to air on June 1st in the UK, the 29-year-old royal told TV host Alan Titchmarsh, "[The crowds] were singing and cheering all night long, so the excitement of that, the nervousness of me and everyone singing -- I slept for about half an hour".
In addition to being sleepy, Prince William also dished about the biggest challenge he faced the day of the wedding, explaining, "The hardest thing was trying to walk down the stairs with my spurs on, sideways. I had visions of myself and my brother [Prince Harry] colliding and crashing down the stairs."
Also commenting on the wedding planning efforts, William recalled, "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," adding, "I went to [Queen Elizabeth] 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.'"
Proceeding to talk about his relationship with his 86-year-old grandmother, the royal heir admitted, "We're definitely a lot closer than we used to be. 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."
As Prince William prepares to one day take the throne as King of England, he recognizes, "There's not much wriggle room left for me to try and find my own path, but I will do. It's just a matter of learning what's gone before me."
"Everyone's fascinated by the Queen's life and how she's done it. And I would just hope that a bit of what she's done and a bit of what she's achieved, and a bit of how she's conducted herself, we all take away in our own lives and try and do it ourselves," William says. "I would like to take all of her experiences, all of her knowledge and put it in a small box and to be able to constantly refer to it."