Prince William & Catherine Middleton

Prince William & Catherine Middleton

2015 - current

 

Now known more formally as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine “Kate” Middleton met as undergraduate students at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews in 2001. As freshmen, they shared an art history course and lived in the same dormitory on campus, St Salvator’s Hall. When they returned to school in 2002, Kate and William moved in together off-campus along with two other students.

On the surface, for the next year and a half at least, Kate and William were able to keep their budding romance somewhat of a secret. That all changed, on April 19th, 2004, when paparazzi photos caught the roommates looking too cozy to still be considered “just friends.”

Nearly a year later, mere months before their graduation from University, Middleton joined William and his family for Prince Charles’ “stag week” in the Swiss Alps. The vacation served as the end of bachelorhood for Will’s father ahead of his second marriage. Surprisingly though, the future Duchess was not in attendance at those nuptials.

Near constant media speculation that a royal engagement was on the horizon forced Kate to beg news editors for privacy. Paparazzi photographers had allegedly been following her day and night since she left university – much in the way William’s mother, Princess Diana, had been harassed decades beforehand.

Kate made her first appearance, as a guest of William’s, at an official royal engagement with the Queen present on December 15th, 2006. 24-year-old William was commissioned as an officer that day in the Household Cavalry following his graduation from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in front of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, his father, Prince Charles, Kate and two of William’s closest friends.

Public appearances aside, William and Kate allegedly split up in April 2007. Reports claimed the breakup was “amicable” and due in large part to the couple growing increasingly independent of one another. William had enrolled in another military training course that relocated him nearly 125 miles from Kate and her job as an accessories buyer in London.

Several months later, rumors that William and Kate had begun seeing each other one again hit newsstands. Anonymous eyewitnesses put Kate inside William’s army barracks several times for various reasons going back as far as June 9th, 2007. Speculation continued when Catherine attended the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium on July 1st, 2007. Further public appearances together following the concert led many news outlets to state William and Kate had “rekindled their relationship.”

Those headlines were confirmed on November 16th, 2010 when The Prince of Wales released a statement announcing his son’s engagement to “Miss Catharine Middleton.” Will popped the question in October, while the couple was enjoying a private holiday in Kenya. Although a specific date wasn’t mentioned in the initial announcement, the wedding date of Friday, April 29th, 2011 was set, three days later, on November 19th.

As announced, William and Kate were married on the morning of April 29th, 2011 at Westminster Abbey in front of a reported 1,900 people. Mere hours before the wedding, Queen Elizabeth revealed her choice for Will and Kate’s new titles. They would be further known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge respectively. William would also be given the titles: Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus. Tens of millions of people watched a live broadcast of the wedding on the BBC and YouTube.

Speculation of a royal pregnancy became reality on December 3rd, 2012 when The Duchess of Cambridge’s first pregnancy was announced. It was also revealed in the statement from Buckingham Palace that Kate had been admitted to King Edward VII Hospital with a case of Hyperemisis Gravidarum – an extreme form of morning sickness.

Nearly eight months later, on July 22, 2013, Kate was admitted to the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London – the same hospital where Prince William had been delivered in 1982. And after 14 hours of labor, she gave birth to a baby boy named George, aka Prince George of Cambridge.

On September 8th, 2014, the royal family announced that Kate and William were expecting their second child. The statement also made mention that Kate was yet again suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum and that the illness would affect her travel schedule that fall.

Originally due to give birth in April, Kate ended up giving birth to her and Will's second baby - and first daughter - on May 2nd, 2015. 

Two days later, on May 4th, Kensington Palace revealed the little girls name to be Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. It was also announced that her title would be Her Royal Highness, Princess of Cambridge. 

 

Prince William & Catherine Middleton

2015 - current

 

Now known more formally as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine “Kate” Middleton met as undergraduate students at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews in 2001. As freshmen, they shared an art history course and lived in the same dormitory on campus, St Salvator’s Hall. When they returned to school in 2002, Kate and William moved in together off-campus along with two other students.

On the surface, for the next year and a half at least, Kate and William were able to keep their budding romance somewhat of a secret. That all changed, on April 19th, 2004, when paparazzi photos caught the roommates looking too cozy to still be considered “just friends.”

Nearly a year later, mere months before their graduation from University, Middleton joined William and his family for Prince Charles’ “stag week” in the Swiss Alps. The vacation served as the end of bachelorhood for Will’s father ahead of his second marriage. Surprisingly though, the future Duchess was not in attendance at those nuptials.

Near constant media speculation that a royal engagement was on the horizon forced Kate to beg news editors for privacy. Paparazzi photographers had allegedly been following her day and night since she left university – much in the way William’s mother, Princess Diana, had been harassed decades beforehand.

Kate made her first appearance, as a guest of William’s, at an official royal engagement with the Queen present on December 15th, 2006. 24-year-old William was commissioned as an officer that day in the Household Cavalry following his graduation from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in front of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, his father, Prince Charles, Kate and two of William’s closest friends.

Public appearances aside, William and Kate allegedly split up in April 2007. Reports claimed the breakup was “amicable” and due in large part to the couple growing increasingly independent of one another. William had enrolled in another military training course that relocated him nearly 125 miles from Kate and her job as an accessories buyer in London.

Several months later, rumors that William and Kate had begun seeing each other one again hit newsstands. Anonymous eyewitnesses put Kate inside William’s army barracks several times for various reasons going back as far as June 9th, 2007. Speculation continued when Catherine attended the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium on July 1st, 2007. Further public appearances together following the concert led many news outlets to state William and Kate had “rekindled their relationship.”

Those headlines were confirmed on November 16th, 2010 when The Prince of Wales released a statement announcing his son’s engagement to “Miss Catharine Middleton.” Will popped the question in October, while the couple was enjoying a private holiday in Kenya. Although a specific date wasn’t mentioned in the initial announcement, the wedding date of Friday, April 29th, 2011 was set, three days later, on November 19th.

As announced, William and Kate were married on the morning of April 29th, 2011 at Westminster Abbey in front of a reported 1,900 people. Mere hours before the wedding, Queen Elizabeth revealed her choice for Will and Kate’s new titles. They would be further known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge respectively. William would also be given the titles: Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus. Tens of millions of people watched a live broadcast of the wedding on the BBC and YouTube.

Speculation of a royal pregnancy became reality on December 3rd, 2012 when The Duchess of Cambridge’s first pregnancy was announced. It was also revealed in the statement from Buckingham Palace that Kate had been admitted to King Edward VII Hospital with a case of Hyperemisis Gravidarum – an extreme form of morning sickness.

Nearly eight months later, on July 22, 2013, Kate was admitted to the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London – the same hospital where Prince William had been delivered in 1982. And after 14 hours of labor, she gave birth to a baby boy named George, aka Prince George of Cambridge.

On September 8th, 2014, the royal family announced that Kate and William were expecting their second child. The statement also made mention that Kate was yet again suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum and that the illness would affect her travel schedule that fall.

Originally due to give birth in April, Kate ended up giving birth to her and Will's second baby - and first daughter - on May 2nd, 2015. 

Two days later, on May 4th, Kensington Palace revealed the little girls name to be Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. It was also announced that her title would be Her Royal Highness, Princess of Cambridge. 

 

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