Prince William and Kate Middleton met whilst studying at St.Andrews university. Kate was the shy, sporty, History of Art student who caught Prince William’s attention when she walked in that infamous university fashion show. William was a world famous Prince who won Kate’s heart with his charm, wit and kindness.
Together they are now one of the most photographed couples in the world. Kate, now the Duchess of Cambridge, showing that fairytales really do come true!
This is their royal love story…
The infamous fashion show that changed everything
Kate, then 19, took part in a St.Andrews university fashion show, strutting down the catwalk in a barely-there sheath dress. Prince William paid £200 for a ticket and apparently whispered to his friend, ‘She’s hot!’. Although Prince William and Kate had been good friends prior to this infamous night, seeing Kate confidently take to the catwalk obviously made Prince William see her in a totally different way! The young couple had their privacy protected up in Scotland, but the pair’s relationship was confirmed in 2004 when they were pictured skiing together.
Break-ups and make-ups
Prince William and Kate Middleton graduated from the University of St.Andrews in 2005. The prince embarked on his military career at Sandhurst, while Kate landed a job at Jigsaw as a buyer. The couple’s different jobs meant they were in a long distance relationship – but they still made time to see each other and hit their favourite nightclub hotspots when they were both in London!
However, it wasn’t all fun and games. The couple struggled with distance and the intense media attention on their relationship. As a result, the young couple split up in 2007.
Luckily, the split didn’t last long! Both William and Kate missed each other terribly and couldn’t stand to be apart. They got back together later that year – much to the great relief of the general public who had already fallen in love with Kate!
This sweet photo is from 2008. Still very much in love and enamoured with one another, the couple wowed the crowds at a charity boxing match in black tie attire. Kate Middleton looked every inch a princess-in-waiting in a floor length pink gown. However, by this time the Duchess-to-be had been nicknamed ‘Waity Katie’, as Prince William still had popped the question to his long-term girlfriend.
Finally – a proposal!
Finally, he put a ring on it! Prince William proposed to Kate during a getaway to Kenya in October 2010. A ‘very excited’ Kate chose a navy Issa dress to complement her sapphire engagement ring, which belonged to William’s mum, the late Princess Diana.
A royal wedding to remember
From the Alexander McQueen dress to the cheering crowds and THAT iconic kiss on the balcony, the 29th April 2011 was certainly a day for the history books. The down-to-earth Duchess-to-be chose to do her own make-up for her big day, and Kate looked absolutely stunning.
With her sister Pippa as her maid of honour, Kate had jaws dropping all over the world as she walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey watched by millions to marry her Prince.
Introducing the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge
So, the newly married couple wasted no time settling into their new roles as the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. From glittering red carpet events – where Kate looked every inch a princess – to official events, the couple got stuck in to life as a married royal couple.
The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also embarked on their first international royal tours as a couple. From donning cowboy hats in Canada to showing off their dance moves in Tuvalu, Kate and William stole hearts around the world.
A new arrival
When Kate was pregnant the couple had to reveal their happy news a bit earlier than they’d wanted due to Kate’s intense morning sickness. Prince George Alexander Louis was born on 22 July 2013 and Kate emerged looking serene, of course!
Raising Prince George
Kate has spoken about how becoming a mother for the first time was a “life changing moment” for her. The proud parents have been hands on raising little Prince George since he was born, and although her can be a handful, they’ve been loving every minute!
Kate has revealed that little Prince George is a bundle of energy, with Prince William admitting “George is a right little rascal sometimes”!
Hello Princess Charlotte!
Fast-forward less than two years later and here the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are again on the steps of the Lindo Wing – this time with Princess Charlotte. Named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana after both her great-grandmother the Queen and her late grandmother Princess Diana, this little bundle was about to bring a whole lot more joy into William and Kate’s life.
A happy family
What a gorgeous family! William and Kate looked happier than ever with their beautiful brood at Princess Charlotte’s christening. For the children’s privacy and to ensure that they could have as ‘normal’ early lives as possible, the Duke and Duchess chose to raise their children in Anmer Hall, out in the countryside in Norfolk. While breaking from the tradition of living in Kensington Palace, countryside lovers Kate and William enjoyed the peace and freedom afforded to them away from prying eyes and paparazzi.
In 2016, Kate and Prince William left their children in the capable hands of Kate’s parents, and headed off on an official overseas royal tour of India and Bhutan. Although the Duchess of Cambridge admitted that they missed their little ones “terribly” the week long trip also gave the new parents some precious time together as a couple.
Pictured trekking up to the breathtaking Tiger’s Nest Monastery arm-in-arm, it was clear that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were more in love than ever.
Over five years after their fairytale wedding, photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada also showed the world that the bond between this young royal couple was stronger than ever!
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Trips as a family of four
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal tour to Canada also marked another big first for the couple. Their first overseas trip as a family of four! While Kate and William’s close bond was evident in every photo, it was little Prince George and a newly walking Princess Charlotte who totally stole the show!
Regal red carpet moments
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are no ordinary couple. So, it’s no surprise that their ‘date nights’ are no normal affair either! No meal at their favourite local restaurant and a movie for Kate and Wills! In February 2016, the Duke and Duchess walked the red carpet at the BAFTAs together for the first time.
Launching their own charitable campaign
Kate and Prince William’s most recent achievement as a couple has been the successful launch of their mental health campaign, ‘Heads Together’. Launched along with Prince Harry, the campaign aims to end the stigma around mental health. Through a series of different events and through an online video campaign titled #OkToSay, the pioneering royals hope to start conversations between friends and family about mental health and any personal struggles they may have.