Prince William and wife Kate Middleton are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary this year, but when did their relationship begin?
Why did they split up while dating and why was she called ‘Waity Katie’?
Now, more than 20 years after meeting, the royal couple are married and have three (seriously cute) children.
Everything you need to know is here, including a timeline of their relationship.
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Will and Kate relationship 2001: how and when did they meet?
Prince William and Kate Middleton, now 38 and 39, respectively, met in 2001 as students at the University of St. Andrews.
She studied art history while he was studying geography.
The prince attended a charity fashion show that featured Kate as a model.
The couple shared a house with two other college friends.
In their sophomore year at the famous university, Kate and William became roommates.
2003: When did they meet?
The romance didn’t blossom until late 2003, when Kate broke up with her boyfriend – a fellow student from St. Andrews.
William said in her official engagement interview, “We moved in as friends and it really blossomed from there.”
2004: When did you first make your relationship public?
Their relationship first became public in 2004.
Photographers caught them on a ski trip to Klosters in 2004 when they looked loved despite trying to keep their relationship a secret.
The following year, the two were pictured together on their graduation day in 2005.
In a photo released of Kate’s family, the couple poses together in their fancy graduation gowns.
2006: Your relationship grows
In 2006, Kate and William cemented their relationship when they attended the 2006 wedding of Camilla Parker Bowles’ daughter Laura.
This seemed to confirm that Kate was a contender to become Will’s wife.
Later that year she watched William graduate from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall also attended the event.
During those golden years, Kate joined Williams for increasingly important events.
Like any other couple, however, their relationship soon hit a rocky spot …
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Will and Kate Relationship 2007: Why Did They Break Up?
They split briefly in 2007 – reportedly due to pressures to undergo an intense trial.
In the couple’s engagement interview, Kate said, “I wasn’t very happy about it at the time, but it made me a stronger person.
“You find out things about yourself that you may not have noticed.
“I think you can get pretty consumed with a relationship when you’re younger, and I really cherished that time for myself, even though I didn’t think so at the time.”
William added, “We were both very young […]. We both defined ourselves as such and were different characters.
“We tried very hard to find our way around and we grew up. There was just a bit of space and things have changed for the better. “
Fortunately, the break didn’t last long.
The couple got back together a few months later.
This was confirmed in July 2007 when Kate attended the concert for Diana on the 10th anniversary of her death.
In April 2008, Kate helped William celebrate a major milestone.
At the first public event since their brief split, Kate watched William receive his RAF wings – which set him apart as a qualified pilot.
Why was Kate Waity called Katie?
Kate was called “Waity Katie” during her 10-year relationship with William until her wedding.
The nation waited for Prince William to ask the question, but it was another three years after their reconciliation before they got engaged.
The future Duchess was called “Waity Katie” because she had waited so long for a marriage proposal.
Will and Kate relationship 2010: when did they get engaged?
In 2010, the couple got engaged and announced the good news to the public.
Prince William suggested while on a safari vacation in Kenya.
He used Princess Diana’s sapphire ring and stated that it was his “way of keeping my mother close to everything”.
During their engagement interview, he said, “We were having a little private time with some friends and I just decided it was really the right time.
“We’d been talking about a marriage or a while, so it wasn’t a big surprise, but I picked them up somewhere in Kenya.”
Will admitted he had carried the priceless heirloom around in his backpack for three weeks before finally falling to one knee!
The good news was finally confirmed at a press conference at St. James’ Palace.
Kate described her “loving boyfriend” as “a true romantic” who “supported her in good times and bad”.
Mario Testino took the couple’s engagement photos, in which Kate was wearing a white Reiss dress that sold out immediately – similar to her blue wrap dress from Issa that she wore to the press conference.
2011: When did Will and Kate get married?
Will and Kate got married on Friday, April 29, 2011 with 1900 guests.
The historic wedding at Westminster Abbey was watched by up to two billion people in more than 180 countries around the world.
Kate wore a bespoke dress designed by Alexander Burton for Alexander McQueen, and the Queen loaned her the Cartier Scroll tiara for that special day.
Celebrities, foreign kings, politicians and diplomats from across the Commonwealth and members of the British Armed Forces attended.
After their marriage, the Queen bestowed the couple the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
In July 2011 they started their first royal tour overseas to the USA and Canada.
2012: When did Kate get pregnant with their first child?
In December 2012, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child.
An official announcement read: “Your Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby.
“The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.”
Kate’s pregnancy was revealed earlier than usual when she had failed the first trimester when she was hospitalized for acute morning sickness or hyperemesis gradivarium.
Will and Kate Relationship 2013: When Did They Have George?
The couple welcomed their first child, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge on July 22, 2013.
They introduced Prince George to the public outside the maternity ward at St. Mary’s Hospital Paddington, known as the Lindo Wing.
George is third on the throne.
The Little Prince was baptized in the Royal Chapel at St. James’ Palace in October and wore an antique christening gown that was worn by royal babies as early as 1841.
2015 and 2018: When were Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis born?
Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis followed in 2015 and 2018.
Both Charlotte and Louis were also delivered in the Lindo wing.
The young royals are fourth and fifth on the throne.
In September 2014, Kate’s second pregnancy was confirmed. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge was born on May 2, 2015.
In September 2017, the couple confirmed that they are expecting their third child.
Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge was born on April 28, 2018.
The Day Will and Kate got married on ITV1
On April 29, 2011, nearly two billion people around the world tuned in to see Prince William marry long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton.
This new ITV documentary is about the union of Will and Kate – “the first citizen to marry a future British king in 300 years”.
The day Will and Kate got married celebrates their wedding anniversary through the memories of family, friends, and insiders who were involved.
Kate’s uncle Gary Goldsmith says, “It’s a fairy tale beyond fairy tales.
“We come from very modest backgrounds. My father was a painter and decorator, my mother was an accountant and her eldest granddaughter was at Westminster Abbey to marry the future king of this country. “
The Day Will and Kate Got Married will air on Wednesday April 7th, 2021 at 9 p.m. on ITV1.
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