- St Andrew’s University, 2002
- Skiing, 2004
- First royal wedding, 2006
- Graduation, 2005
- Kate protects her privacy, 2006
- Split rumors, 2006
- William refuses to comment, 2006
- The Seychelles, 2007
- Kate visits Balmoral, 2007
- Charles joins Kate and William on the slopes, 2008
- Officially back together, 2008
- Secret engagement, 2010
- Engagement announcement, 2010
- Royal Wedding, 2011
- First official tour, 2011
- First baby news, 2012
- Prince George is born, 2013
- Princess Charlotte is born, 2015
- Prince Louis is born, 2018
- Prince Louis is christened, 2018
- The Cambridge family Christmas card, 2018
- Prince Louis’ first birthday, 2019
St Andrew’s University, 2002
It is generally believed that Kate first received attention from William after her part in a charity fashion show, all the way back in March of 2002. The Prince had a £200 front row seat, just to watch the beautiful student. She encouraged him to continue his studies when it was hard for him to accept university life. Interestingly, Kate first broke up with her boyfriend, before starting a relationship with William.
The first picture of them appeared, four months after they started dating. The lovely pair rook a trip to Klosters, which confirmed that Prince William enjoys his first serious relationship a lot. In addition, she spent several weekends at a cottage on the Queen’s Balmoral, and made a hard effort to keep their relationship a secret. Clarence House said at the time, “It is not our policy to discuss the nature of Prince William’s relationships with his friends. It wouldn’t be fair on him or them.”
First royal wedding, 2006
Two years later, Kate experienced her first royal wedding, when in May of 2006, they attended the wedding of Laura Parker Bowles and her husband, a Calvin Klein underwear model and accountant, Harry Lopes. This was their first appearance together at a family wedding, a sign to the fans that Kate was a permanent presence in the life of their Prince.
In June of 2005, their university life ended. When their graduation ceremony was over, their families joined them, after which they went for a celebratory lunch together. After this, nothing was the same. This was the end of their somewhat secluded and private life together. Spotlight was about to hit them.
Kate protects her privacy, 2006
The presence of the beautiful brunette sparked a constant media frenzy, as engagement rumors never stopped. Kate was compared to William’s late mother Princess Diana, for her elegant looks like the iconic red coat and black hat. She was the number one target for the paparazzi, and the two were followed closely all the time.
When William left Sandhurst in December 2006, it was the first time his girlfriend was seen at a major public event, attended by the Queen and other royals.
As January rolled in, her lawyers considered legal action because of the photographers and the constant tracking of her every move. In March, she issued a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission, over one paparazzi photo from the Daily Mirror, that showed her going to work with coffee in her hands. The paper apologized.
Split rumors, 2006
That April, everyone was shocked by the reports of a potential split between the two. Although Clarence House did not comment, BBC Royal Correspondent Peter Hunt had this to say, “It’s a surprise, because it had seemed very stable and very steady.”
Sources said the decision was mutual. “Neither my client nor her family will be talking to the press or media or commenting on or off the record relating to the matters publicized this morning,” said the lawyer of Kate.
William refuses to comment, 2006
In July that same year, they still did not officially reunite. At the Concert for Diana, Kate sat two rows behind the Royal Box. Prince William remained silent on the status of the relationship. One day prior to Wembley concert, he was asked about Kate’s attendance. “I’ve got lots of friends coming. Everyone’s going to be there on the night and it’s going to be a very good night.” His brother joked, “Really well avoided William, very diplomatic.”
The Seychelles, 2007
In August of 2007, the pair went to the Seychelles, while it was reported she now has the keys to Clarence House. In order to keep everything low-key, they booked the whole resort for £20,000, and went by as Martin and Rosemary. “They thought it would be fun to use joke names. They are enjoying pretending to be an ordinary young couple in love on a romantic holiday,” said a local journalist.
Furthermore, the son of the Seychelles president installed an exclusion zone around Desroches, the island paradise where they pair stayed. Fans were betting on whether she will bring back a ring, and that they will even get married there.
Kate visits Balmoral, 2007
Kate met the Queen first time after the split rumors, as they went to Balmoral, a royal Scottish hideaway where Prince Phillip and Queen Elizabeth spend their summers. “William said the Seychelles holiday with Kate was perfect because it was just the two of them. William was originally going to take a group of friends stag-shooting to Balmoral, but decided he wanted some time with Kate. They are very much in love and want to enjoy their relationship out of the spotlight before they go public again,” said a friend of the pair.
Charles joins Kate and William on the slopes, 2008
During an Easter break at Klosters, William participated in a pilot training course at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire. Kate got a Royal Protection officer for the first time. A further sign of her importance was the presence of Prince Charles, who joined them later. A source said, “It speaks volumes about the seriousness of the relationship she has with the royal family. Kate and William had a little time apart last year, but that is very much behind them now. They are very much together.”
Officially back together, 2008
Kate was with her Prince boyfriend in April of 2008, when he was awarded with his wings after the completion of his RAF training. This was her first appearance at his side during a formal event since December 2006. She looked like a Princess, in ivory-colored double-breasted coat, and black suede calf-length boots. In May 2008, Kate went to the wedding of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly. William was on duty, so she went there to represent him.
Secret engagement, 2010
The pair attended a wedding in October 2010, but the world did not know that the Prince had proposed during a Kenya holiday prior to this.
Engagement announcement, 2010
In November of 2010, they finally broke their silence and revealed their engagement. William bestowed his late mother’s ring upon Kate, which was a blue sapphire diamond sparkler.
Royal Wedding, 2011
In April of 2011, Kate and William held their royal wedding in what was a spectacular ceremony at Westminster Abbey. She emerged from a stunning Phantom Rolls Royce VI, an angelic vision in an ivory silk tulle Alexander McQueen wedding dress. She took her father Michael’s arm and made her way up the steps to the abbey, as gasps from the crowd never stopped.
The ceremony combined pomp and pageantry, while numerous personal touches could be spotted everywhere. Kate was then became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. On the balcony of the Buckingham Palace, as the Union Jack flags were waiving and the fans cheering, William told his new wife, “Let’s give them another one,” as he kissed her again.
First official tour, 2011
The newlyweds made their first official tour over the seas two months after the “Wedding of the Century”. They went to US and Canada and stayed for 11 days. This fell on the 225th anniversary of the first royal visit to Canada, carried by Prince William. This was also exciting for Kate, as she had never been to North America. They were welcomed warmly, as the locals showed appreciation and respect for Kate.
First baby news, 2012
During the late autumn of 2012, many noticed a change in Kate’s appearance, who seemed to have a bit fuller face, as well as more color to her complexion. This of course led to speculation that she was pregnant. On December 3, 2012, Kensington Palace announced the happy news, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their first child!
Prince George is born, 2013
In July of 2013, William and Kate welcomed their firstborn child, and third in line for the throne of UK, baby Prince George. He was just a day old when the first official appearance of him took place, on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, located in Paddington, London. William placed baby George into the car seat, and drove the happy family to Kensington Palace.
Princess Charlotte is born, 2015
The Duchess of Cambridge welcomed her second child, and first daughter, at 8:34am on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Fans were in a frenzy to learn that she gave birth to a baby girl. The first time they saw the tiny Princess of Cambridge was when she left Lindo Wing at 6:10pm that same day. Two days later, the name Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was revealed, a fitting tribute to major women in William’s life, his mother Princess Diana, and grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.
Prince Louis is born, 2018
In April of last year, William and Kate welcomed their third child and second son, baby Prince Louis. Kensington Palace announced the news on Monday, April 23. “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.” Later, they revealed the name, Prince Louis Arthur Charles.
Prince Louis is christened, 2018
The Cambridge family made their first appearance as a whole family in July of last year, for the christening of Prince Louis at St James’s Palace, the same place where George was baptized. Kate carried the baby boy, while William looked after the older children.
The Cambridge family Christmas card, 2018
William and Kate shared an adorable family photograph, which is already a classic. It was taken at Amner House, for what was their 2018 Christmas card. On the photo, George, five, Charlotte, three, and Louis, seven-months, are playing in the woods, accompanied by their parents.
Prince Louis’ first birthday, 2019
Kensington Palace issued a set of portraits, while Kate took the pictures herself. Thy show Louis playing in the garden at Anmer Hall. A statement read, “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share three new photographs of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow. The photographs were taken earlier this month by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk.”