8 Years, 8 Major Milestones: Celebrating the Years Since Will and Kate's Engagement
Were they – and we – ever so young? When Prince William and the woman then known as Kate Middleton (in that now-iconic royal blue Issa dress) greeted the press at St. James's Palace in November 2010, they were beaming as they answered questions about the proposal, their upcoming wedding and their life together. "Hopefully I'll take it in my stride," Kate said of her royal future. "William's a great teacher, so he'll be able to help me along the way."
Of course, the pomp and circumstance of their engagement was nothing compared to the royal wedding itself. On April 29, 2011, thousands of guests gathered inside London's Westminster Abbey to watch the couple say their "I dos." Even more well-wishers lined the streets of London to watch the newlyweds kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, which served as the site of Will and Kate's lunch and evening receptions, thrown by the Queen and Prince Charles, respectively.
Once the designer of Kate's wedding dress was common knowledge (Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, in case you forgot) there was another question on everyone's minds: When would the couple produce an heir? The big announcement came in the Fall of 2012, followed by one of the most talked-about births ever on July 22, 2013: that of Prince George. What made the new prince's arrival ever more sentimental? Kate's baby debut dress, a polka dot Jenny Packham number, paid homage to William's late mother, Diana, who introduced him on the same hospital steps in polka dots decades earlier.
THE ROYAL VISIT DOWN UNDER
Since marrying, Will and Kate have embarked on several lengthy international royal visits: the first was to Canada and California in 2011 and the second was to Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu in honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. But it was their tour to Australia and New Zealand in 2014 that garnered the most attention. Why? The inclusion of a 9-month-old Prince George, who stole the show at his first official play date and on a visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo.
The birth of Will and Kate's second child (and first daughter) was the latest in a string of highlights for the Cambridges. Her May 2, 2015, arrival was met with almost as much excitement as that of her big brother, and just like Prince George, Princess Charlotte made her debut on the steps of the St. Mary's Hospital Lindo Wing with her parents.
Charlotte's First Royal Tour
On April 23, 2018, Will and Kate introduced their third child, Prince Louis, to the world. And mom Kate was nothing short of unbelievable when she stepped out holding little Louis just seven hours after giving birth.
ROYAL FAMILY OF 5
The royals made their official debut as a family of five for Prince Louis' christening in July 2018. A sleeping Prince Louis was seen in Kate’s arms as the family arrived. Prince William held the hands of both of his other children for the momentous occasion.