Diana the Princess of Wales announced that she and Prince Charles were expecting their first child on 5 November 1981.
Prince William was born at London’s St Mary’s Hospital (the same hospital as his own first born) on June 21 1982 – the beloved first son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana – and our future king of England.
According to a bet taker at a Windsor Castle horse race in 2004, “We ran a bet before Prince William was born on what his name would be. About an hour before the announcement, a very large bet came in for ‘William’.” Perhaps the Queen Mum fancied a flutter?
Kate Middleton’s style evolution
Catherine “Kate” Middleton was born in Reading’s Royal Berkshire Hospital on 9 January 1982 – six months before her future hubby – as the first of three children to air hostess Carole and British Airways flight dispatcher Michael. Just a few short years later, the family founded their own mail order company Party Pieces, and became millionaires.
According to reports, a seven-year-old Prince William wanted to be a police officer when he grew up. When he told his mother this, his little bro, Harry responded: “Oh, no you can’t. You’ve got to be King.” Bless.
Drama! The world waited with baited breath on 3 June 1991 for news of the future king after William was hit on the forehead by a golf club while playing with a pal. The Prince suffered a depressed fracture of the skull and was left with a permanent, jagged scar – much like Harry Potter’s!
Princess Diana always expressed a wish for Wills and Harry to have a “normal” childhood, but with as many “profound lessons” as possible. Before her tragic death in 1997, Diana was often seen taking her boys to locales that ranged from Disney World and McDonald’s to AIDS clinics and shelters for the homeless.
Meanwhile, Kate Middleton attended private boarding school Marlborough College in Wiltshire, where she excelled in field hockey and cross-country running – surely an early sign that she’d fit right in with the sporty royals! “You might imagine someone like her would attract a degree of jealousy and bitchiness from other students,” one college master said of Kate. “Not so. She was universally liked and to top it all she was a joy to teach. Quite sickening, really.”
In a boarding school not so far away though, Prince William enrolled at the prestigious Eton College, following in his mother’s family’s footsteps (both Diana’s brother and father were Eton boys). The Prince studied Art History, Geography and Biology while excelling in football and water polo, before a gap year saw him teach children English in Southern Chile.
After college, Kate studied Art History at University of St. Andrews in Scotland. There she met a handsome prince by the name of William, who was studying Geography, and swiftly took him off the market, much to the distress of almost every teenage girl in the country/world.
It is believed the pair hooked up after the prince forked out £200 to sit front row and watch a lingerie-clad Kate walk down the runway of a student-run charity fashion show at their university. Saucy stuff!
The pair were first pictured together on the slopes of posh Swiss ski resort Klosters in March 2004, and their relationship flourished as more romantic breaks followed, including secluded weekends at the Queen’s Balmoral estate and holidays in Kenya. The pair were even snapped looking bleary-eyed leaving an Ibiza night club in the wee hours. Well, they were 21 after all!
In 2006, William joined the military, graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and earning himself the moniker, Lieutenant William Wales.
Meanwhile Kate began working as an assistant accessories buyer with fashion chain, Jigsaw – causing her to catch the beady eye of fashionistas and style columnists worldwide. To date, Kate has featured in numerous Best Dressed lists, including those of Vanity Fair and Blackwell.
Later that year, Woolworths created commemorative plates and mugs with a Prince William and Kate Middleton motif amid engagement rumours – which turned out to be false. Whoops!
So imagine their (and our) shock when it was announced in April 2007 that the pair had decided to split during a holiday in the Swiss resort of Zermatt. However, just a couple of months later, the pair were snapped together again at numerous events, and it appeared the Royal Romance was most definitely back on. Hurrah!
The couple kept a low profile following their split, preferring to stay out of the spotlight. However, they were photographed at a charity polo match in May 2009 looking more in love than ever. Was a royal wedding on the cards?
YES! After a courtship of eight years, Clarence House announced that Prince Prince William and Kate Middleton were engaged to be married in 2011. “Prince William and Miss Middleton became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya. Prince William has informed The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince William has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton’s father.” What a gent!
Almost two months after the couple announced their engagement, they confirmed their wedding was to be held on Friday 29 April in Westminster Abbey. Not only were we excited by the prospect of a royal wedding, Downing Street confirmed the date would be a bank holiday (WOOP!). Add that to the May Day bank holiday Monday and the previous Easter Weekend, and we were a very happy nation. In fact, if we’re honest, we still dream about that double bank holiday. Good times.
After much speculation as to who would attend and what Kate’s dress would be like, the big day finally arrived. While Kate was putting the finishing touches to her make-up, the 1.5 mile route to the Abbey was lined with well wishers, the Great British public were preparing for street parties and invited guests were arriving at the Abbey. The Beckhams, Elton John, Joss Stone and Chelsy Davy were among the stars who arrived hours before Kate was due to walk down the aisle.
Kate arrived at Westminster Abbey at 11am in a stunning dress designed by Sarah Burton, Director of Alexander McQueen. She also wore a tiara previously worn by Queen Mary, the Queen Mother, the Queen and the Princess Royal. Prince William could be seen telling Kate: “You look beautiful” before the service began. *Melts*
Not wanting to break from tradition the newlyweds resisted sealing their nuptials with a kiss inside the Abbey and took to the balcony in front of an overexcited crowd for their official first kiss. The Mall was lined with thousands of royal fans and the couple treated them to not one, but two kisses.
When Pippa Middleton walked down the aisle behind Kate and her father in the most amazing figure-hugging white dress, the cameras couldn’t help but pan on her derriere, thrusting the almost unknown sister into the public eye. Kate’s younger sister has since found fame in her own right, bagging a front cover on Tatler magazine, a column in Vanity Fair and even released her own guide to party planning in late 2012.
After tying the knot, Kate and William embarked on a nine-day royal tour of Canada – their first official tour as a married couple. Travelling to seven Canadian states, including Montreal, Quebec and Prince Edward Island, the royal pair enjoyed street hockey, canoeing and a race in dragon boats as part of their itinerary.
Enjoying married life for a bit, the couple finally announced the news we’d all been waiting for in December 2012 – Kate and Prince Wills were expecting their first child! Due the following July, fashion desks across the land eagerly anticipated Kate’s maternity wardrobe.
Kate was hospitalised early on in her pregnancy with hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness. However, the Duchess made a quick recovery and Prince William stayed by her side as she recovered.
In March 2013, it was widely reportedly that the Duchess had let slip the sex of her unborn baby during a royal appearance. At an event in Grimsby, a member of the crowd presented her with a teddy bear for her unborn child. Upon receiving it, she is said to have replied: “Thank you, I’ll take that for my d …” before quickly stopping herself, appearing to imply that she was, in fact, expecting a baby girl.
However, a number of reports later speculated that Middleton was actually about to let slip that the soft toy may well have been for her and Wills’ beloved pet dog, Lupo! According to tradition, the sex of royal babies is not announced before the birth.
Making their last public appearance at the annual Trooping The Colour in London, a heavily-pregnant Kate looked sublime in a pretty pink coat by her go-to fashion house, Alexander McQueen. Many speculated at the time that Kate was hinting at baby Wales’ gender in this pretty pink number…
By 8.30pm on Monday 21st July 2013, nearly 14 hours after the Palace confirmed that Kate had gone into labour, it was officially announced that she had been “safely delivered of a son”. Naaaw.
Nearly 24 hours after welcoming their first child, the royal couple were visited by Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton. On leaving the hospital, new grandmother Carole described her first grandchild as “beautiful”.
Just before 5pm, Prince William’s father and stepmother, Prince Charles and Camilla, also joined the royal couple in hospital to meet their new grandchild. However, there was still no sign of the pair and their new baby yet…
And then the moment we’d all been waiting for. At just before 7.15pm on 22nd of July 2013, Kate and Wills finally gave the world a glimpse of their first born child, a son, who was born the day before at 4.24pm and weighed 8lbs 6oz.
As Kate left the hospital cradling her newborn son, a doting Prince William looked on at his family as the royal pair thanked well-wishers who had camped out to catch a glimpse of their new arrival.
As the couple approached the waiting crowds, Prince William took over the baby carrying duties with Kate passing the little newborn over to his father.
Cradling his little tot, the future king clung to the other (mini) future king.
Speaking to the waiting press, Middleton said that it was a “special time” for the couple. While Prince William joked, “he’s got her looks, thankfully”.
Whilst holding his young son, Prince William revealed that the two are “still working on the name”, whilst Kate revealed that Prince William has already changed a nappy.
Speculation is still rife as to what moniker the royal couple will give their son with many expecting the couple to choose George and possibly nod to the child’s grandfathers Prince Charles and Michael Middleton.
After the couple introduced the new Prince of Cambridge to the world, Kate and Wills went back into the hospital to no doubt collect the last of their belongings.
But a short while later, the family re-emerged to get into their waiting car.
William was seen making sure the couple’s precious cargo was strapped safely into his carseat as the family – including a royal aide – climbed into their waiting vehicle.
Learning quickly, the tiny Prince even seemed to manage a little royal wave to the waiting crowds.
Moments later, the future king was jumped into the driver’s seat before driving his wife and son back to their London home at Kensington Palace, just after 7:20pm.
And here’s the first official royal baby photo. Kate William chose to break from tradition, getting Kate’s dad Michael to take this intimate snap, rather than a professional photographer. And they didn’t forget their dog, Lupo, either!
After keeping a fairly low profile in the three months after little Prince George’s birth, the Cambridges’ looked positively giddy when they had their little royal tot christened at St. James’ Palace on 23 October.
In the presence of just a few friends and family, the couple broke with royal tradition, only inviting a handful of guests, while their picks for godparents were a selection of old school and university friends – as well as Prince William’s cousin, Zara Phillips.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released the first official portrait of Prince George in five months. Released on Mother’s Day and ahead of the family’s Australia and New Zealand tour next week, the photographs (also featuring the family pet Lupo), were taken at Kensington Palace by Jason Bell, who took the official pictures of Prince George’s christening in October 2013. Showing Kate and Will smiling out of a window, whilst Baby George smiles at Lupo, the photograph was taken in Apartment 1A in the palace – the family’s new home, and where Kate Middleton celebrated her first Mother’s Day.
On their first official tour since welcoming Prince George in the summer of 2013, Kate and Wills looked happy to be recommencing their public duties as they arrived in New Zealand in early April 2014.
The happy couple, who are known for doing things a little differently to their royal predecessors, have brought their adorable little tot with them.
The royal pair announced they were expecting their second child on Monday 8 September 2014. Clarence House tweeted: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child”
Followed with a second tweet: “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news that Their Royal Highnesses are expecting their second child”.
This will be the second child for Prince William and Kate Middleton, and will be a brother or a sister for Prince George.
And here she is… Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge was born on 2 May 2015 at St Mary’s Paddington. Due to changes in the English law, she is fourth in line to the throne.