The Forgotten Photo of Kate Middleton's Ireland Trip After Her 2007 Split From Prince William
Before she was a royal, she was a young woman with a broken heart
In previously unseen photos from The Irish Independent, the then-25 year-old was snapped attending an art exhibit by family friend Gemma Billington before the news of her split from William split officially broke. In one photo, she is seen talking to musician Ben Carrigan of The Thrills and former Arsenal Football Club player Niall Quinn.
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Sources told PEOPLE at the time of the break-up in 2007, just before Easter, that there was no last-straw moment and instead it was more of a gradual unraveling. Six years after meeting at the University of St. Andrews in 2001, they elected to end the relationship for about three years despite how many friends believed they were good together.
The couple reunited in June 2010, and Prince William popped the question in October of that year. In their first interview with the press following the news, 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.”
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 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, respectively.