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Kate and William’s life together in pictures as couple celebrate anniversary

Prince William and Kate Middleton are celebrating ten years of marriage (Picture: PA)

Prince William and Kate Middleton are celebrating ten happy years of marriage together.

The couple wed at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 after an eight year relationship.

Since the wedding, the couple have spent the last decade travelling the world together as part of their royal duties and supporting various good causes.

They’ve also had three children; Prince George, seven Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, three.

University student Kate Middleton first caught the attention Prince William, then 19, when she strode down the catwalk in a sheer dress for a charity fashion show.

In their first year of university in 2001, William and Kate lived a few doors apart at St Salvator’s hall of residence at St Andrews in Fife and became friendly, socialising together and playing tennis.

They later moved into a house together with other flatmates in a secluded rented cottage outside the town.

They were rumoured to have become an item around Christmas 2003 after Kate split from another student she was dating, Rupert Finch.

William said in his engagement interview: ‘When I first met Kate I knew there was something very special about her.’

Kate watched on as William played polo for the Highgrove team at Cirencester Park Polo Club in July 2006 (Picture: PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch the rugby as England played Italy in the RBS Six Nations Championship at Twickenham in 2007 (Picture: PA)
William and Kate, pictured at a friends’ wedding in 2010, dated for eight years before getting married (Picture: PA)
The couple announced their engagement at the State Apartments of St James’s Palace in November 2010 (Picture: PA)
The couple wed at Westminster Abbey 10 years ago today (Picture: Getty Images)
The newly married couple’s first trip abroad was to Canada and California in June 2011 (Picture: PA)
They received a warm welcome when visiting Tuvalu, Soloman Islands during a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in September 2012 (Picture: PA)
The couple’s first child, George, arrived in July 2013 (Picture: PA)
The couple met Leuca the Koala during a visit to Taronga zoo in Sydney during their official tour to New Zealand and Australia in April 2014 (Picture: PA)
Prince George joined the couple as they made their way to his sister Princess Charlotte’s christening at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk in 2015 (Picture: PA)

Their relationship flourished during romantic weekends alone on the Queen’s Balmoral estate, at a cottage given to William and his younger brother Prince Harry.

But Kate stayed out of the limelight and didn’t attend high profile royal events alongside her boyfriend.

In April 2007, the pair briefly split but were back together a few months later. Kate was a VIP guest in the royal box for William and Harry’s Concert for Diana in memory of their mother, and was seen canoodling with William at the after-show party.

They found time to pose at the famous Taj Mahal during a trip to India in 2016 (Picture: PA)
The couple’s relationship with Williams’ brother Harry has soured in recent years (Picture: PA)
They attempted to make pretzels during a tour of a traditional German market in the central square of Heidelberg, Germany in 2017 (Picture: PA)
Youngest child Prince Louis joined the family in April 2018 (Picture: Rex)
They hosted a Christmas party for families and children of deployed personnel from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham at Kensington Palace in December 2018 (Picture: PA)
The family stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour, the Queen’s annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 (Picture: Getty Images Europe)
The couple visited a settlement of the Kalash people in Chitral, Pakistan in October 2019 (Picture: PA)
Kate was clearly more skilled than William at the grab a teddy game during a visit to Barry Island, South Wales in August 2020 (Picture: PA)
The whole family attended a special pantomime performance at London’s Palladium Theatre in London, to thank key workers and their families for their efforts throughout the pandemic (Picture: Getty)
The couple have endured a tough 2021 so far, seen here attending the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh who died aged 99 (Picture: Rex)
The couple, seen here during a visit to the Cheesy Waffles Project at the Belmont Community Centre in Durham, have continued to work throughout the pandemic (Picture: PA)
In new pictures released to mark the ten year anniversary, the couple look as happy as ever (Picture: PA)

William proposed to Kate during a romantic holiday to Kenya, when he smuggled his late mother’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring in his backpack to surprise his long-term girlfriend.

Their grand wedding featured two dresses, two receptions, a carriage procession, flypasts and two kisses on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

The Duchess of Cambridge has now spent a decade as an HRH and she’s been described as a ‘model of what a future queen should be’ since joining the House of Windsor.

She has focused her charity work on early years support, children’s mental health, the visual arts and promoting the benefits of outdoor life.

The Cambridges have been busy during lockdown, with activities including baking goods for local vulnerable people, carrying out video calls, supporting key workers and doorstep clapping the NHS, all while homeschooling their own children.

MORE: William and Kate cuddle in loved-up pictures to mark 10th wedding anniversary

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