William and Kate's love story started at the University of St. Andrews in 2002. The young royal and his love first met in September 2001, when they arrived to begin their new lives in the Scottish city of Fife. It's thought that Kate first won William's affections not long before she took part in a charity fashion show in March 2002. The Prince paid £200 (approximately $360) for a front row ticket to watch the beautiful student. In April 2004, the first picture of the couple was published. Their university life had come to an end in June 2005, when William and Kate both graduated from St. Andrews. After the ceremony, the couple, joined by their families, attended a celebratory lunch together and began looking forward to the rest of their lives. In May 2006, Kate attended the nuptials of the Duchess of Cornwall's daughter, Laura Parker Bowles and her husband. It was William and Kate's first appearance together at a family wedding and was seen by royal watchers as a sign that Kate was gearing up to be a permanent fixture in the prince's life.
A vacation for two was in store for August 2007, when William whisked Kate off to the Seychelles, as reports circulated in the U.K. that the brunette beauty had been given the keys to William's official residence, Clarence House. The couple didn't get engaged — but they did have something else in store: Kate's first meeting with the Queen since their split hit the headlines. Palace insiders revealed that the second-in-line to the throne's decision to let Kate stand in for him underlined the strength of their relationship. Usually-demure Kate showed off the fun-loving — as well as big-hearted — side to her personality when she helped organize a charity roller disco. Many commented on how happy and in love the couple appeared when they attended a wedding together in October.
What the world didn't know was that Kate and William were sharing a very special secret — the prince had proposed during a holiday in Kenya. William had presented his future bride with his late mother Princess Diana's ring — a blue sapphire and diamond sparkler. In April 2011, Kate wed her prince charming in a spectacular ceremony at Westminster Abbey. William and his bride sealed their love in a ceremony that combined pomp and pageantry with the most personal of touches, and converted Kate into Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. William and Kate made their first official tour overseas as a married couple just two months after they married. The royal couple travelled around the US and Canada for 11 days. The duchess seemed to have a slightly fuller face and more color to her complexion, leading to speculation that she was pregnant with her first child. Royal fans around the world rejoiced when William and Kate presented their firstborn and third-in-line to the throne, Prince George, to the world in July 2013. Three months later royal watchers were amazed to see how much Prince George had grown when he made his appearance at his christening. In August 2014, British royal officials announced that Kate was pregnant for the second time, setting the internet into a frenzy. On May 2, 2015, the royal couple welcomed a daughter, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, her name paying tribute to her grandfather Prince Charles, as well as her great-grandmother the Queen and late grandmother Princess Diana. In December 2015, William and Kate released their first official portrait of a family of four.