Prince William and Kate Middleton: A Complete Timeline of the Royal Romance That Was Meant To Be

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s relationship has often been described as a fairytale romance. Being a part of the royal family is partially responsible for that image, but there remains something about their romance that continues to charm royal watchers around the world. Here is a complete timeline of William and Kate’s royal romance that was always meant to be.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton | Photo by Chris Jackson / Getty Images for St James’s Palace

Early 2000s

William and Kate were first introduced while attending St. Andrews University in 2001. The pair reportedly started out as friends, with their romance really taking off the following year.

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Kate Middleton (2005) | Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Although their relationship started at some point in 2002, the world did not see them together until 2004. At the time, Prince William and Kate Middleton were spotted on a ski vacation in Klosters and were about to enter their final year at St. Andrews.

2006

According to Elle, Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoyed their first public appearance in 2006 when they attended the wedding of Laura Parker Bowles. Laura is the daughter of Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla Parker Bowles.

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Prince William (left) leaves with his girlfriend Kate Middleton (right) and his brother Prince Harry (2006) | Photo by Chris Ison – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images

After appearing with William in public, Kate was thrust into the spotlight. The future Duchess of Cambridge had a difficult time adjusting to the constant attention, especially coming from a fairly ordinary upbringing.

2007

A year after the wedding, Prince William and Kate Middleton experience the first major hurdle of their relationship. While royal watchers were expecting the pair to get engaged, they broke up for a few months in the spring of 2007.

William was forced to answer questions about what went wrong while Kate traveled to Ireland to spend time with her friends. In 2010, Kate reflected back on their split and revealed that everything worked out for the better.

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Prince William and Prince Harry (2007) | CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images

“I think I at the time wasn’t very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person…You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realized,” she shared. “Or I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you’re younger. I really valued that time for me as well although I didn’t think it at the time, looking back on it.”

Luckily the two were back together by the time July rolled around. A year later, William and Kate were spotted on a ski trip, which confirmed that their romance was officially back on.

2010

William and Kate grew very close in the years following their breakup. In October of 2010, William finally gathered the courage to propose to Kate Middleton during a romantic getaway in Kenya.

Prince William’s brother, Prince Harry, had given him their late mother, Prince Diana’s, engagement ring for the proposal, and the engagement could not have gone any smoother.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton engaged | Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

“We had a little private time away together with some friends, and I just decided it was the right time really,” William later recalled. “We’d been talking about marriage or a while, so it wasn’t a massively big surprise, but I took her up somewhere nice in Kenya.”

2011

Roughly six months after the engagement, William and Kate exchanged vows in a beautiful ceremony inside Westminster Abbey. The wedding was viewed by close to 72 million people around the world.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton wedding | Photo by John Stillwell – WPA/Getty Images

Kate, of course, looked absolutely dazzling at the wedding and was named the Duchess of Cambridge following the ceremony. After a quick honeymoon, the couple settled into their new home inside Kensington Palace.

2013

Prince William and Kate Middleton only waited a few years into their marriage before they started having children. The couple announced their first pregnancy in the winter of 2012.

At the time, it was revealed that Kate suffers from hyperemesis gravidarum, which is basically a severe case of morning sickness. Kate would experience this illness on each of her subsequent pregnancies.

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Kate Middleton, Prince William Prince, and George | Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

On July 22, 2013, Kate welcomed a healthy baby boy named Prince George. She also took part in a quick but adorable post-baby photoshoot shortly after the birth.

2015

In the fall of 2014, Kensington Palace once again announced the news that Kate was pregnant. The announcement came before Kate had reached the 12th week of her pregnancy, however, as her morning sickness was becoming too much to keep quiet.

On May 2, 2015, Kate Middleton gave birth to a daughter she and Prince William named Princess Charlotte. At the time of her birth, Charlotte became the fourth person in line to the throne, following Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George.

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Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Princess Charlotte | Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Charlotte is the first person to take on the title of Princess in the past two decades. She is also the highest-ranking female in the line of succession.

2018

Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed their third child, Prince Louis, on April 23, 2018.

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Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Prince Louis | Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Louis’ birth came a few weeks ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, which was held in May of that year.