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A Royal Fairytale

Britain's Prince William, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attend a welcome ceremony at the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

A Royal Fairytale

As the Royal couple celebrate their nine year wedding anniversary, we take a look back at the fairytale of Kate Middleton and Prince William.

A Royal Fairytale

We take a look back at all the momentous occasions the couple have shared since their days at St. Andrew’s studying Art History.

St. Andrew’s Graduation, 2005

Kate Middleton and Prince William on their graduation day from the University of St Andrews in June 2005, where they met and fell in love. Getty/Reuters

Tri Nations Rugby, 2007

Prince Harry, Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton react during the Six Nations international rugby union match between England and Italy at Twickenham in London February 10, 2007.

Engagement, 2010

The couple had been dating for eight years when Prince William proposed while on holiday in Kenya in October, 2010. ‘I regularly daydream. Africa is definitely one of the places I go to. It does completely settle me down. [Kate] understands what it means to me being in Africa, and my love of conservation,’ he said. ‘I didn’t really plan it that far in advance. I just knew I wanted it to feel comfortable where I did it.’

Prince William presented Kate with his mother’s own engagement ring—a 12-carat Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 round diamonds that Princess Diana had picked out from court jeweller Garrard before her own fairy-tale wedding to Prince Charles.

Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton pose for a photograph in St. James’s Palace, central London November 16, 2010. Britain’s Prince William is to marry his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year, after an on-off courtship lasting nearly a decade, bringing months of speculation about his intentions to an end. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

The Wedding, 2011

Held at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011, the wedding was watched around the world by millions. The couple included several tributes to Prince Williams’ mother, Princess Diana including the hymn “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer”—which was the final selection sung at Diana’s funeral. After the wedding, Queen Elizabeth hosted approximately 650 people for a luncheon reception at Buckingham Palace—where she served miniature Yorkshire puddings with beef, Cornish-crab salad on lemon blini bites, and Scottish smoked salmon.

Britain’s Prince William stands at the altar with his bride, Kate Middleton, and her father Michael, during their wedding at Westminster Abbey in central London. REUTERS/POOL New

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge share a kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace

First Royal Engagement as a married couple, 2011 

For their First official royal engagement as a married couple, the Duke an Duchess of Cambridge welcomes Former US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle to Buckingham Palace.

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama talk to Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace, in London May 24, 2011.

First Baby, 2013

Prince George is born on July 22, 2013 and becomes third in line to inherit the British throne, after his grandfather Prince Charles and father Prince William.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside St. Mary’s London with newborn Prince George

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum with their son Prince George. London, July 2, 2014. REUTERS/John Stillwell

Australia and New Zealand Royal Tour, 2014

The family kicked off a three week royal tour with a ceremonial welcoming in Wellington, New Zealand and culminates in the ANZAC Day march and commemorative service in Canberra, Australia.

 

Kate and Will pose for a photo with former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Manly Lord Mayor Jean Hay standing next to a surfboard that the local council presented as a gift for the royal couple’s son, Prince George (REUTERS/David Gray )

 

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, laugh as they take a jet-boat ride on the Shotover River in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Baby Number Tw0, 2015

Princess Charlotte was born on May 2, 2015. The first daughter of the Duke and Duchess is fourth in the line of succession to the British throne.

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their baby daughter outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London with newborn Princess Charlotte in 2015

 

The baby daughter of Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, sleeps as she is carried in a car seat from the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, in London, Britain May 2, 2015.

Family Royal Engagement, 2016

Princess Charlotte took her first steps in public on an 8 day trip to Canada, William and Kate are determined their children grow up in private and not in public, so this public outing was a rare occurrence.

 

Britain’s Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at a children’s party at Government House in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

And Baby Makes Five, 2018 

Prince Louis was born at 11:01am on April 23, 2018. Prince George and Princess Charlotte were the first visitors to St. Mary’s Hospital with their father to meet the new baby.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave St Mary’s Hospital with their new baby boy in London, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

The kids are off to school, 2019

The first day of school can be daunting for young ones, but four-year-old Princess Charlotte had her big brother George right beside her to show her the way. Check out all the pictures from her big day here. 

Image: Aaron Chown/Pool via REUTERS

With George turning six, and Charlotte starting school, Kate Middleton is having to get used to her young royals growing up so fast. Image: Aaron Chown/Pool via REUTERS

Day out at the Polo with the cousins, 2019

The birth of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, meant a new cousin for Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte, who were seen together at a Charity polo event in 2019.

Kate Middleton Prince Louis

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. Photo Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage

Chelsea Flower Show, 2019 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge invited the Queen to have a look around the Duchess’ ‘Back to Nature’ garden, which she designed. Take a look at the inspiration for the garden as the Duchess showed the Queen around. 

Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton Chelsea Flower Show

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, is shown around ‘Back to Nature’ by Prince William and Kate Middleton Duchess of Cambridge at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, Britain May 20, 2019. Photo Credit: Geoff Pugh/Pool via REUTERS

Clap for Carers, 2020 

With the spread of Covid-19 around the world, and particularly in the United Kingdom, the much-loved Royal family all wore NHS blue as they led the fifth week of Clap for Carers – as millions of Britons saluted key workers from their doorsteps. Click here for the video. 

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