18 Photographs of Kate Middleton Before She Became Royalty

We’re taking a walk down memory lane looking at photographs of Kate Middleton before she married Prince William in 2011 (learn about the marriage pact they made) and became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. We already know there are cute pictures of the couple so we’re looking at throwbacks of the now 37-year-old mother of three, before she joined the British royal family. 

1. Kate Middleton attends a wedding

Kate Middleton at Hugh Van Cutsem Jr. and Rose Astor's wedding
Kate Middleton at wedding of Hugh Van Cutsem Junior to Rose Astor on June 4, 2005 | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Already looking the part six years before her and Prince William’s royal wedding, Middleton attended a wedding on June 4, 2005.

2. Low rise jeans for graduation day

Kate Middleton and her father Michael Middleton
Kate Middleton and her father Michael Middleton on June 23, 2005 | Indigo/Getty Images

Ahead of her graduation ceremony, a soon-to-be college graduate stepped out with her father, Michael Middleton, wearing a tank top and jeans.

3. Ready for her diploma

Kate Middleton on graduation day from St. Andrews on June 23, 2005
Kate Middleton on graduation day from St. Andrews on June 23, 2005 | MICHAEL DUNLEA/AFP via Getty Images

Middleton traded her casual wear for a graduation gown.

4. Her go-to outfit makes an appearance

Kate Middleton on Aug. 6, 2005 at a festival
Kate Middleton at a festival on Aug. 6, 2005 | Indigo/Getty Images

While attending a festival on Aug. 6, 2005, Middleton wore low rise jeans with a belt and a blazer. She finished the look off with matching accessories including a hat, brown bag, and knee high boots.

5. Cheering on Prince William and Prince Harry

Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy and Middleton watched a polo match the princes were playing in on July 29, 2006.

Chelsy Davy and Kate Middleton watch Prince Harry and Prince William play in a charity polo match on July 29, 2006.
Chelsy Davy and Kate Middleton watch Prince Harry and Prince William play in a charity polo match at the Beaufort Polo Club on July 29, 2006 | Indigo/Getty Images

6. All smiles shopping with mom

Kate Middleton and her mother, Carole Middleton, shopping.
Kate Middleton and her mother, Carole Middleton, shopping | Antony Jones/Brendan Bierne/UK Press via Getty Images

On Nov. 3, 2005, the future duchess and her mother, Carole Middleton, were all smiles attending a Christmas shopping festival.

7. Skiing in Switzerland

In March 2005, Middleton joined Prince Harry, Prince Charles, and Prince William for fun on the slopes.

Kate Middleton skiing in Klosters, Switzerland
Kate Middleton skiing in Klosters, Switzerland | Antony Jones/Brendan Bierne/UK Press via Getty Images

8. Off to the races

Kate Middleton at Cheltenham Races on March 17, 2006
Kate Middleton at Cheltenham Races on March 17, 2006 | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Middleton wore an outfit that closely resembles something she might wear today: a power coat, scarf, and statement hat. She donned the outfit to endure the cold temperatures at the Cheltenham Races on March 17, 2006.

9. PDA with Prince William

Prince William and Kate Middleton talking to Pippa Middleton on March 18, 2006
Prince William embraces Kate Middleton, as her sister Pippa Middleton looks on, after playing the Field Game at Eton College on March 18, 2006 | Indigo/Getty Images

In a rare move for the couple who rarely ever show PDA , or public displays of affection — find out why they can’t be affectionate in public like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — they embraced each other at Eton College on March 18, 2006, a day after Middleton wore her furry hat.

10. Celebratory champagne in 2006

Kate Middleton at store opening on June 14, 2006
Kate Middleton at store opening on June 14, 2006 | Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

Middleton attended a store opening in June of 2006 wearing a floral dress and a pink ruffly cardigan. She had a glass of champagne while at the event.

11. Another polo match…in polka dots

Kate Middleton at Prince William's polo match - June 17, 2006
Kate Middleton watches Prince William compete in charity polo match on June 17, 2006 | Indigo/Getty Images

Three days later she showed up wearing a red and white polka dot halter dress to watch Prince William play in a charity polo match.

12. Dancing duchess

Kate Middleton and Guy Pelly dance at pre-Wimbledon party hosted by Richard Branson on June 22, 2006
Kate Middleton and Guy Pelly dance at pre-Wimbledon party hosted by Richard Branson on June 22, 2006 | Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

June 2006 was a busy time for Middleton as evidenced by yet another picture of her from that month. This time she was photographed dancing at a pre-Wimbledon party thrown by Richard Branson on June 22, 2006. She wore a floral dress topped with a blazer — a look still repeats as the Duchess of Cambridge.

13. Sisters night out

Kate Middleton and her sister, Pippa Middleton, at Mahiki Club on Feb. 1,  2007
Kate Middleton and her sister, Pippa Middleton, at Mahiki Club on February 1, 2007 | Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic

The future royal and her sister, Pippa Middleton, were spotted (arriving or leaving — one can’t be sure) a London nightclub known as Mahiki on Feb. 1, 2007.

14. What break up?

Kate Middleton on May 11, 2007
Kate Middleton on May 11, 2007 | Mark Milan/FilmMagic

In May 2007 Middleton got snapped by photographers entering a cab looking happy as ever despite her and Prince William breaking up a few months earlier. When the couple became engaged in 2010, the future duchess said she “really valued” the time alone.

15. Middleton wore Ugg boots

Kate Middleton in London
Kate Middleton in London | Mel Bouzad/FilmMagic

Middleton donned Ugg boots walking around town. She also wore her signature jeans and belt combo with a blazer.

16. Disco duchess

Kate Middleton at Roller Disco charity event, 2008
Kate Middleton at roller disco charity event in 2008 | Antony Jones/UK Press via Getty Images

On Sept. 17, 2008, Middleton attended a roller disco charity event and certainly looked the part.

17. Training for Cross Channel Challenge

Middleton prepared for the Cross Channel Challenge with The Sisterhood On The River Thames on July 31, 2007.

Kate Middleton training for Cross Channel Challenge with The Sisterhood On The River Thames
Kate Middleton training for Cross Channel Challenge with The Sisterhood On The River Thames | Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

18. At another graduation ceremony with Prince William

Prince William and Kate Middleton at his RAF wings graduation ceremony on April 11, 2008
Prince William and Kate Middleton at RAF Cranwell where Prince William received his RAF wings on April 11, 2008 | POOL/ Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images

They graduated college together and in 2008 Middleton attended Prince William’s graduation ceremony where he received his Royal Air Force wings. Find out the sneaky trick the couple uses today to avoid getting their pictures taken.