Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Romance: A Timeline

As the Duke of Cambridge celebrates his 32nd birthday today (as do The Killers’ singer Brandon Flowers and Lana Del Rey, we hasten to add), we take a trip down memory lane, and look back on the fairytale romance that came about over a decade ago.


September 2001: Prince William and Kate Middleton meet at St Andrews University, Scotland where they are both studying art history (but William later switches to a geography course.) The pair have rooms close to each other in the St Salvators Hall of Residence.

September 2002: They move into a student house together, with two other friends.

June 2003: Kate attends William’s 21st birthday party at Windsor Castle, but the Prince later claims in an interview that he does not have a steady girlfriend.

September 2003: William, Kate and their two flatmates move into a cottage in the third year of university.


Christmas 2003: William and Kate are believed to have become an item after she splits from her previous boyfriend, a former St Andrews student.

March 2004: The couples romance is exposed after they are pictured together on the ski slopes of Klosters, Switzerland. Clarence House do not deny they are dating.

June 2005: William and Kate graduate in the same ceremony at St Andrews and attend a celebratory lunch together joined by their families.

July 2005: The pair enjoy a romantic holiday at the Lewa Downs game reserve in Kenya.

October 2005: Kate’s lawyers – the same used by the Prince of Wales – ask newspaper editors to leave her alone, claiming she is being hounded by photographers.

April 2006: The pair holiday in the Caribbean hideaway island Mustique.

January 2006: William is photographed kissing Kate in public for the first time during another skiing break.

May 2006: William and Kate attend the wedding of the Prince’s stepsister Laura Parker Bowles together.

August 2006: The couple holiday in Ibiza.

December 2006: Kate makes her most significant appearance to date as she turns up to watch William graduate as an Army officer at Sandhurst.

April 2007: William and Kate are confirmed to have split.

June 2007: The couple are reported to be dating again.

April 2008: Kate watches as William receives his wings as a qualified RAF pilot from the Prince of Wales – her first appearance

June 2010: The couple move in together into a cottage in north Wales close to Prince William’s RAF Valley in Angelsey.at a formal event with Prince William since December 2006.

October 2010: The couple become engaged after William proposes while on holiday in Kenya.

April 2011: The pair wed in a lavish ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey. William is made the Duke of Cambridge by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and Kate becomes the Duchess of Cambridge.

December 2012: The palace announces that Kate is pregnant and being treated in the hospital for acute morning sickness.

July 2013: Kate gives birth to Prince George Alexander Louis., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, with William by her side.

September 2014: The palace announces that Kate is pregnant with their second child

May 2015: Kate is admitted to London hospital for birth of her second baby, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Baby girl is born at 8.34am UK time, weighing 8lbs 3oz.

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Milli Midwood

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Milli is a fashion blogger, tea drinker and sun worshiper, who has called Dubai her home for the last 24 years. Likes dog videos, free WiFi, Gucci and hashtags because they look like waffles.

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