Kate's Animal Instincts!

As the Duchess of Cambridge celebrates her 30th birthday, we look back on her furball-friendly year in the royal spotlight

01 of 07

CROWD PLEASER

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Before she officially becomes , Kate joins her husband-to-be, , in a dazzling return to Scotland’s St. Andrews University in February 2011. Even the pups in the crowd find her enchanting!

02 of 07

TOUCH OF GRACE

TOUCH OF GRACE
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For her first official public engagement in February 2011, Kate attends a naming ceremony for a lifeboat in Anglesey, North Wales, where she and Will make their own home. A petite Yorkshire terrier braves the wind and cold to catch a glimpse of Kate – and snags a prime spot in line.

03 of 07

RUNNING MATES

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It’s a low-key start to a New Year’s Eve at home with the Middletons. Before ending 2011 at a party thrown by sister Pippa, Kate runs through the yard with her family dogs.

04 of 07

EYE SPY

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Someone has animals on the brain! During their wildly successful tour through North America, Kate paints “either a tortoise or a snail. I’m not sure.”

05 of 07

ANYTHING FOR LOVE

ANYTHING FOR LOVE
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Though Kate is allergic to horses, she has been working to overcome it. She manages to get especially close to them – and her polo-playing husband – during a charity match at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in July.

06 of 07

ANYTHING FOR LOVE

ANYTHING FOR LOVE
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Though Kate is allergic to horses, she has been working to overcome it. She manages to get especially close to them – and her polo-playing husband – during a charity match at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in July.

07 of 07

SHE'S A COWGIRL

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The Duke and Duchess go country for a day at Canada’s Calgary Stampede, where they take in some seriously large animal sights in July.

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