Friday, May 14

A Royal Romance! Prince William and Duchess Kate’s Relationship Timeline


The world watched in awe as Prince William and Duchess Kate wed at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011, and years later, commoners still stand impressed with the couple. From their royal engagements to their three beautiful kids, Us Weekly is taking a look back at the duo’s relationship.

Though they didn’t tie the knot until 2011, Kate and William first met 10 years prior while studying history at Scotland’s University of St Andrews. The two would go on to keep quiet about their romance as they completed their education, but later had a high-profile split in 2007.

“At the time I wasn’t very happy about it, but it actually made me a stronger person,” Kate shared during a joint interview with William in November 2010. “You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realized. I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger, and I really valued that time for me as well although I didn’t think it at the time.”

William, for his part, explained the reasoning behind his decision to split from Kate for a short while. “It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up so it was just a bit of space, and it worked out for the better,” he said at the time.

The pair would reconcile the following year, and announced their engagement in November 2010. They are now proud parents of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Scroll down to take a look back at William and Kate’s royal romance!

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September 2001

The two began dating after meeting at the University of St Andrews. Years later, William admitted during an interview with BBC’s Tom Bradby that he attempted to impress his then-girlfriend by making “amazing fancy dinners.”

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October 2010

Shortly after news of their engagement broke, William and Kate did their first-ever joint video interview. “It was about three weeks ago on holiday in Kenya. We had a little private time away together with some friends and I just decided that it was the right time really,” William revealed of how he popped the question. “We had been talking about marriage for a while so it wasn’t a massively big surprise.”

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July 2013

It’s a boy! The duo welcomed their first child, Prince George, on July 22. William and Kate announced news of their growing brood in December 2012. “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” Kensington Palace said in a statement at the time.

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May 2015

Princess Charlotte makes her debut! Kate gave birth to the couple’s daughter on May 2, and the proud parents showed off their baby girl outside of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, with William in a blue sweater and the doting mom in a white and yellow Jenny Packham dress.

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July 2017

William and Kate displayed a rare moment of PDA at the Wimbledon championship when the duchess wiped a speck from her husband’s cheek.

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April 2018

Baby makes five! Kate and William welcomed their second son, Prince Louis, on April 23. “We’re very happy. We’re delighted. Thank you,” the prince told the press as he, Kate and the newborn left the hospital hours later. “You’ll find out soon enough,” William teased of the name at the time. “We didn’t keep you waiting too long.”

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December 2019

Kate went viral when she pulled away from the prince when he attempted to place his hand on her shoulder during their appearance on the A Very Berry Christmas Special.

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February 2020

A source exclusively told Us Weekly that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down from their senior royal duties brought the Cambridges “closer together” despite their busier schedules.  

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March 2020

William and Kate marked their first official visit to Ireland with a three-day trip in Dublin, County Meath, County Kildare and Galway.

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April 2020

The royal couple advocated for the Every Mind Matters mental health campaign to highlight the importance of maintaining mental health amid the coronavirus quarantine.

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December 2020

The family of five shared a sweet Christmas card in December 2020. A source told Us at the time that George, Charlotte and Louis couldn’t “wait for Christmas” because it is their “favorite time of year.”

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April 2021

The couple made headlines for their color-coordinated outfits and attempts to golf during a royal engagement at the Cheesy Waffles Project in Durham, England, in April 2021.

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April 2021

William and Kate celebrated a decade of marriage with two picture-perfect portraits and a family video on April 29, 2021. “Thank you to everyone for the kind messages on our wedding anniversary. We are enormously grateful for the 10 years of support we have received in our lives as a family. W&C,” their official Instagram read alongside the video, which included the parents running around with their kids and roasting smores.

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