28 Photos of William and Kate Through the Years
A royal anniversary retrospective
You guys, can you believe it’s been five years since the royal wedding? We can’t. Which is why we’re bringing you an epic recap of their fairy-tale relationship, including the highs, the lows…and the George.
WHEN THEY FIRST MET AT ST. ANDREWS UNIVERSITY IN SCOTLAND
College sweethearts. Swoon. Their relationship became public in 2004, and this pic was snapped on graduation day in June 2005.
WHEN WILLIAM MET PIPPA
It was at a rugby match at Eton College in 2006. (We’d kill to have been a fly on the wall of their sisterly gossip session afterward.)
WHEN KATE PROVED SHE COULD HANG WITH HARRY
In 2007, the first of many sporting events as a trio.
WHEN THINGS GET A TEENY TINY BIT ROCKY
In early 2007, the royal pair decided to (temporarily) call it quits. Stupid media pressure, sources close to the family said.
BUT THEN WHEN THEY RECONCILED AT A TRIBUTE CONCERT FOR DIANA
OK, so it’s tough to spot Kate (check the upper right corner), but she was there.
WHEN THEY TOOK TIME TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL
Nothing like a ski trip with the entire royal family in Switzerland to patch things up.
WHEN THINGS WERE DEFINITELY (DEFINITELY) BACK ON
In 2008, a beaming Kate is by Will’s side when he graduates from a pilot training course in England.
WHEN A ROYAL ANNOUNCEMENT WAS IMMINENT
Will apparently popped the question on an October 2010 secret getaway to Kenya, but mum was the word at the wedding of two close pals that same month.
WHEN THEY FINALLY MADE THINGS OFFICIAL
In November 2010, a royal decree at St. James's Palace: They’re engaged!
WHEN THEIR ROYAL DUTIES AS A COUPLE REALLY BEGAN
Kate christened a lifeboat in Wales with Champagne. (Just your average pre-wedding activity.)
AND WHEN THEY PAID A VISIT TO WHERE THEIR ROMANCE BEGAN
Two months before their big day, they went back to St. Andrews to walk around campus (oh, and help launch a fundraising campaign).
WHEN THEY GOT HITCHED
Aka the most epic wedding we’ve ever attended--errrr, watched on CNN at the crack of dawn.
WHEN THE HONEYMOON WAS OVER AND THEY GOT BACK TO WORK
More royal duties. (In this case, welcoming the Obamas to Buckingham Palace.)
WHEN THEY WENT ON THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL ROYAL TRIP
Oh, Canada. It was summer 2011. Cowboy hats were in. (Just kidding, they were being good sports and watching a rodeo.)
WHEN THEY CELEBRATED THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE
At this point, Kate knows: Harry is the absolute best bro-in-law.
WHEN THEY WEREN’T AFRAID OF A LITTLE PDA AT THE LONDON OLYMPICS
WHEN THEY ADOPTED A ROYAL DOG
His name? Lupo. (It’s Italian for “wolf.”)
WHEN KATE TOLD THE WORLD SHE WAS PREGNANT
Some hospital-required morning sickness was the cause of the royal reveal in December 2012.
WHEN THEY INTRODUCED PRINCE GEORGE
The day in July 2013 when our collective hearts exploded.
WHEN THEY CHRISTENED PRINCE GEORGE
Hello, he’s the first grandchild on both sides. Kind of a big deal.
WHEN THEY TOOK GEORGE ON HIS FIRST ROYAL TRIP
It was to Australia and all he cared about was teasing the Bilbies at the zoo.
WHEN KATE AND WILL VISITED NEW YORK
At this point (December 2014) she's preggo with royal baby number two, but that didn’t stop them from sitting courtside to watch the Brooklyn Nets.
WHEN THEY INTRODUCED PRINCESS CHARLOTTE
She arrived in May 2015--and officially qualifies as a female heir to the throne, per the queen.
WHEN THEY CHRISTENED CHARLOTTE
Their first official appearance as a royal family of four.
WHEN THEY SENT OUT ADORABLY IMPERFECT CHRISTMAS CARDS
Proof that five years of marriage is treating the clan well.
WHEN THEY TOOK GEORGE AND CHARLOTTE ON A FAMILY SKI TRIP
We’re pretty sure George killed it on the bunny slopes.
WHEN THEY GOT COMPETITIVE TESTING THEIR ARCHERY SKILLS
Just your average royal visit to India for this sporty pair.
WHEN THEY HOSTED THE OBAMAS AT KENSINGTON PALACE
George wore his finest bathrobe for the before-bedtime meet and greet.