A Look Back at the Times Prince William and Kate Middleton Actually Showed PDA

Prince William and Kate Middleton aren’t the touchiest of couples, even for the royal family. But when they do make contact in public, we can’t help but swoon. Here’s a look back at all the times Prince William and Kate Middleton showed some PDA.

1. The famous Buckingham Palace kiss

TRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 in London, England.
Their wedding kiss was clearly magical. | Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

It all started with the couple’s first kiss as a married couple on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the world to see. The couple excitedly took in the crowd and gave each other a bashful smooch (even in the beginning, the royal couple wasn’t particularly keen on big displays of affection).

Next: A sweet hug after a race to the finish line

2. Things got cozy at Dalvay-by-the-Sea

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge hugs his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge .
This sweet embrace came after a fun competition. | John Stillwell – Pool/Getty Images

During the 2011 dragon boat race at Dalvay-by-the-Sea, William pulled Middleton in close for a sweet hug. The two were pitted against each other (William as a rower and Middleton was in charge of steering her boat) in a race to the finish line. William’s boat won, but by the looks of the hug afterwards, there weren’t any sore feelings.

Next: The couple showed some adorable PDA while celebrating a win for GB.

3. When they celebrated at the London Summer Games

Kate Middleton and Prince William hug
They couldn’t contain their excitement. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

When the couple attended the London Summer Games back in 2012, they couldn’t help but celebrate a win for Great Britain in the Track Cycling event with an excited hug.

“Both in official Team GB gear, the spouses of 15 months jumped up, cheered and — in a rare moment of unabashed affection — hugged tightly amidst other excited fans in the stands,” reported Us Weekly.

Next: The couple only rarely make this gesture publicly. 

4. Holding hands around the grounds

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walk hand in hand from Buckingham Palace
The newlyweds look happy to be heading to their honeymoon. | John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Shortly after their wedding, the couple was seen walking hand-in-hand around the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

“Prince William and Kate Middleton were beaming as they stepped out of Buckingham Palace this morning, headed on a romantic weekend away,” reported Pop Sugar.

Next: A sweet smooch on the cheek

5. Middleton gives William a kiss on the cheek

Prince William and Kate Middleton
The duchess planted a kiss on her husband’s cheek after the game. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince William, along with his brother Harry, participated in the Audi Polo Challenge in Santa Barbara, California back in 2012. The boys aren’t strangers to the game of polo and proved to be worthy opponents.

After a rousing polo match, the duchess gave her husband a congratulatory kiss on the cheek.

Next: The prince looked out for his wife at this event.

6. The couple sweetly held hands at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge hold hands as they watch the swimming at Tollcross Swimming Centre during the 20th Commonwealth games on July 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.
The heat didn’t keep the duke and duchess from showing off their love. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The couple held hands while watching a swimming competition at the Tollcross Swimming Centre during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Additionally, the event took place on a hot July day, and Prince William used Middleton’s name tag as a fan to keep her cool.

Next: Could Meghan Markle and Prince Harry be inspiring the couple to be more touchy? 

7. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could be changing royal PDA etiquette

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce the engagement
Meghan Markle and Harry aren’t afraid to show their affection in public. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

When Markle and Prince Harry debuted their engagement announcement, the world was excited to see their casual, laid-back love for each other. The two cuddled into each other and held hands before the microphones were turned on.

They seem to be a little bit looser with their PDA than Middleton and William. Perhaps Markle and Harry’s relationship will inspire a few more displays of affection from their royal in-laws.

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