PRINCE William and Kate Middleton are something of a golden couple, but their relationship hasn’t always been smooth sailing.
Here, we remember the ups and downs of the early years of this royal courtship.
In March 2002 Kate caught William’s attention as she modelled in a charity fashion showCredit: Shutterstock
WILLS already knows 19-year-old Kate, as they both studied art history at the University of St Andrews, before he swapped to geography.
But, as Kate models in a charity fashion show, this is the moment when he falls head over heels.
Three years later the university sweethearts were clearly besotted with one anotherCredit: Shutterstock
BY now, the university sweethearts are besotted with one another and are more than happy to show it while surrounded by friends and family at their joint university graduation day.
In September 2006 the couple were snapped by the paparazzi after a night out
THE Prince and his now-official girlfriend are snapped by the paparazzi as they head home from celebrity hangout Boujis in South Kensington, London.
As Kate gazes adoringly at William and he beams back at her, they seem to be completely in love.
Things looked strained when they attended Cheltenham Festival in 2007Credit: Shutterstock
THINGS between the couple look strained as Kate, playing it safe in tweed, joins William at the Cheltenham Festival in Gloucestershire.
Sure enough, they split up just weeks later.
The same month Wills was lapping up some female attention
WILLS is seen looking a little worse for wear (and enjoying the attention) on a night out with pals in Bournemouth.
Newly-single Kate showed Wills what he was missing in May
KATE shows Wills exactly what he’s missing as she steps out on London’s New Bond Street looking drop-dead gorgeous
William and Kate looked to have patched up their differences by July
IT’S the first sign that Wills and Kate have patched up their differences (even if they aren’t sitting together), as they are seen with Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy at a concert at Wembley Stadium to mark the 10th anniversary of Diana’s death.
By November 2010 William had popped the question using Diana’s engagement ring
WILLIAM finally pops the question in Kenya, using his late mum’s engagement ring.
They announce the happy news with an official portrait photo, taken at St James’s Palace, in November 2010. And the rest is history…
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