The best photo from every single year since Kate Middleton met Prince William

The Duchess of Cambridge spent Christmas Day 2017 at Sandringham House in Norfolk.

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The Duchess of Cambridge spent Christmas Day 2017 at Sandringham House in Norfolk.
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Not only has the world grown to love the Duchess of Cambridge ever since she started dating – and eventually married and had children with – Prince William, but we’ve watched her grow up, too.

From university nights out to royal engagements to children, the Duchess of Cambridge has been a national sweetheart since the first day she graced our tabloids as the potential girlfriend of young Prince Wills.

To celebrate her 36th birthday, Business Insider has compiled the best photo from every year of her incredible life since she first met Prince William at St Andrew’s University back in 2002.

Scroll on for a snapshot of every year since she entered the public spotlight, including everything from her wild university days to her third royal pregnancy announcement.


March 26, 2002: Middleton walked in the annual St Andrews Charity Fashion Show during her first year of university wearing a see-through dress, pictured below. Prince William and Middleton established a friendship early on in their first semester of university and later moved in together with two other friends in their second year.

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Source: The Guardian.


2003: Prince William and Middleton maintained a close relationship during their second and third years of university. Around Christmastime in 2003, during their third year, it’s believed that the pair started dating following Middleton’s split from her former boyfriend — also at St Andrew’s. Below, Middleton is seen at a party with a friend during her uni days.

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Source: The Guardian.


2004: While the couple’s relationship was kept under-the-radar during their time spent at university (pictured), their relationship was exposed after the pair were seen skiing together on holiday with Prince Charles and Prince Harry in Klosters, Switzerland.

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June 23, 2005: Prince William and Middleton graduated from St Andrew’s together in July 2005. Prince William obtained a master’s degree in Geography, while Middleton received a master’s in Art History.

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December 15, 2006: Middleton went to watch Prince William’s graduation from the Royal Military Academy with a friend. This was her most formal public appearance at the time and a significant milestone in the reporting of the couple’s relationship in the press.


April 2007: Following Middleton’s first formal public appearance as Prince William’s girlfriend, it’s believed that the strain of public life caused a fracture in their relationship. The pair briefly split in April 2007, but the break didn’t last for long and the couple were seen back together by July.

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Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton attend a Six Nations Championship match between England and Italy at Twickenham on February 10, 2007.
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April 11, 2008: Back together, Middleton accompanied Prince William to RAF Cranwell where Prince William receives his RAF “wings” — the badge worn by qualified pilots.


Christmas 2009: Throughout her time in the public spotlight, the Duchess of Cambridge has had repeated issues with the press not respecting her privacy. She won £10,000 ($13,500) in damages after a PR agency distributed photos of her playing tennis while spending Christmas in Cornwall.

Source: The Guardian.


November 16, 2010: Prince William and Kate Middleton publicly announced their engagement. William reportedly proposed during a trip the couple took to Kenya in October that year. The Prince famously proposed with his mother’s engagement ring.

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Source: BBC.


April 29, 2011: The happy couple wed at Westminster Abbey, and the British public were awarded a four day weekend to celebrate. The wedding reportedly cost a whopping £27 million ($36.5 million). Despite the price tag, the bride stuck to tradition by wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Her dress featured recycled lace, her earrings were a gift from her parents, her tiara was borrowed from the Queen’s personal collection, and she had a blue sash sewn into the dress.

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Sources: Huffington Post, PopSugar.


December 3, 2012: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced their first pregnancy. Kate was being treated for hyperemesis gravid arum — extreme morning sickness — at King Edward VII Hospital and so the happy couple had to announce their pregnancy earlier than a regular royal pregnancy is announced.

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Source: The Telegraph.


July 22, 2013: The Duchess gave birth to Prince George at St Mary’s Hospital, London — the same hospital where both Prince William and Prince Harry were born.

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September 8, 2014: In September 2014, the Duchess was scheduled to make her first solo public appearance abroad in Malta where the island was celebrating 50 years of independence. However, her second pregnancy and another bout of severe morning sickness meant that her trip was cancelled.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George celebrating Prince George’s first birthday at the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London, two months before the royal family announced the Duchess’s second pregnancy.
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Source: Vanity Fair.


May 2, 2015: Following another pregnancy riddled with severe morning sickness, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to Princess Charlotte on May 2, 2015. Here’s the entire family greeting well-wishers on the way to Princess Charlotte’s christening in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, in July.

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June, 2016: The Duchess conducted many royal engagements including a month-long trip to India and Bhutan with her husband in April. In June, the Duchess was featured on the cover of Vogue in her first ever magazine shoot as part of the magazine’s centenary issue.

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September 5, 2017: In September, international gossip magazine company Closer was fined €100,000 ($119,000) for publishing photographs of the Duchess sunbathing while topless on holiday in France in 2012. The case’s outcome was a huge personal win for the Duchess who has battled the media’s invasion of her privacy since her years at university.

Source: The Telegraph.


April 2018: Middleton’s third pregnancy was announced on September 4, 2017. Yet again, severe morning sickness meant that the Duchess had to cancel all engagements for the time being. The baby is expected to be born in April 2018.

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Source: The Telegraph.