Photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton before their marriage

It’s hard to imagine Kate Middleton and Prince William in a time before they became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They are one of the most famous couples in the world today. Since tying the knot in front of millions on April 29, 2011, the couple has welcomed three adorable children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and the baby of the family, Prince Louis.

The couple met in 2001 while they were students at the University of St Andrews. As inspired by the sixth and final season of Netflix’s The Crown; The royal couple were first friends, then flatmates and lovers, briefly breaking up in 2007, then getting back together.

Here, we’ve gathered some of our favorite photos from the couple’s many years of dating before getting married; These include some great style moments and plenty of flirty vibes.

March 2006
Eton Old Boys Football Match

When William attended an “Old Boys” football match at Eton College, Kate and her sister Pippa turned up to say “hello” and cheer him on. The cute chat moment was caught on camera.

February 2007
Six Nations Rugby Match

Prince Harry accompanied this trip to Twickenham; here all three royals appeared to be intensely focused on the game (England was playing).

March 2007
Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival

The couple attended the Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival together, where they were seen chatting to William’s cousin Zara Phillips and their old mutual friend Oliver Baker.

March 2008
Skiing in Klosters

This isn’t the first ski trip William and Kate have taken, but it’s the first they’ve been photographed together… Kate previously joined William on a family holiday in 2005, but took great care not to be seen with the royal family in front of any cameras.

April 2008
William’s RAF Graduation

This happy shot was taken after the ceremony; It’s striking how joyful and proud Kate looks here!

23 October 2010
At Your Friends’ Wedding

Photographers captured the future Duchess of Yesterday and Duchess at the wedding of her friends Harry Meade and Rosie Bradford. Media at the time described them as “very much in love”; They weren’t wrong!

16 November 2010
Engagement Announcement

Big moment! After seven years together, the following statement was released around the world on 16 November 2010: “Prince William and Miss Middleton became engaged during a private holiday in Kenya in October. Prince William informed the Queen and other close members of his family. He also asked permission from Miss Middleton’s father.”

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