A Look Back at Prince William & Duchess Kate's Relationship Milestones

To celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary!

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Happy anniversary to Prince William and Duchess Kate! It's been five years since we all woke up at 6 a.m. to watch the wedding of the century. Since then, Kate has worn countless chic outfits, they've welcomed two ridiculously adorable children—here's to you, George and Charlotte—and basically have just killed it as the world's favorite royal couple. To celebrate, we're looking back at their most memorable milestones.

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Their first encounter

Prince William and Kate Middleton met in 2001 at St. Andrew's University, where they were both studying art history. While they were often seen together at university and even moved into the same flat while studying there, their relationship wasn't actually confirmed—or at least not denied—until 2004. Here they're pictured smiling together at their graduation—too cute!

Photography by: Mario Testino

Their engagement announcement

We may never know the intimate details of their dating life—specifically the 2007 breakup—the entire world breathed a simultaneous "aww!" when the couple officially confirmed their engagement in 2010 with the cutest engagement photo shoot ever, which produced gems like this snapshot.

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Their wedding

And then on April 29th, 2011, came the wedding. Seriously, we don't even know how to put this incredible event into words: Her Alexander McQueen gown, the tiara, Pippa's gown (and rear end), the kiss on the balcony, the adorably unhappy flower girl—the entire world watched as the wedding of the century unfolded on live TV.


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Their honeymoon

The royal couple traveled to the exclusive North Island, Seychelles for their 10-day honeymoon. Although an Australian magazine did manage to find the newlyweds and snap some paparazzi photos, most British publications chose to respect their privacy and not reprint intimate pictures. 

Photography by: Kensington Royal via Instagram

The arrival of Prince George

The world continued to freak out over the royal couple when the palace announced Duchess Kate was pregnant with her first child. Prince George was born on July 22nd, 2013 and Britain officially welcomed the newest heir to the throne.

Photography by: Kensington Royal via Instagram

The birth of Princess Charlotte

Princess Charlotte came next on May 2nd, 2015 and, like clockwork, the world swooned again over the newest little princess. 

Photography by: Kensington Royal via Instagram

Their first official family photos

Seriously, does it get any cuter than the first official photo of Will and Kate's kids?

Photography by: Kensington Royal via Instagram

Um, can we please be adopted into the royal family? We just love this family Christmas photo too much.

About the Author

Jane Asher

A total girly girl, Jane loves everything about the wedding-planning process, but her favorite part has to be where it all starts: the engagement ring. She's a sucker for all things sparkly, especially in diamond form and sitting on your ring finger. But she can't count out those gorgeous bridal bouquets. They may not be diamonds, but they still hold a serious wow factor. 


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