William and Kate have enjoyed over two decades together. (Picture: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty)
They say that life begins at 40 but Kate has lived quite the life already, marrying Prince William, the future King of England, cementing herself as a fashion icon and earning praise for charitable endeavours the world over.
As Kate turns 40, with a reported ‘low key’ birthday party, let’s revisit the love story between her and Prince William…
When did William and Kate start dating?
The two began dating in 2001, two years after meeting at the University of St Andrews.
Both originally studied History of Art, but William eventually graduated with a geography degree.
Kate and Wills met at the University of St Andrews (Picture: Getty)
Years later, William admitted during an interview with BBC’s Tom Bradby that he attempted to impress his then-girlfriend by making ‘amazing fancy dinners.’
The pair enjoyed a steady courtship until a highly publicised breakup in 2007.
Speaking about that temporary split, Kate said in a television interview in 2010: ‘At the time I wasn’t very happy about it, but it actually made me a stronger person. You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realised. I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger, and I really valued that time for me as well although I didn’t think it at the time.’
In that joint interview with his then-fiancée, William added: ‘It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up so it was just a bit of space, and it worked out for the better.’
Kate has celebrated her 40th with new portraits from fashion photographer Paolo Roversi (Pictures: PA/Duke and Duchess of Cambridge)
When did William propose?
After reconciling later in 2007, Kate and Wills were back to being the nation’s sweethearts, and then, in November 2010, Prince William popped the question.
On a safari in Africa, William proposed to Kate in a secluded spot near Mount Kenya.
Announcing their engagement on November 16, 2010, he announced he had proposed with Princess Diana’s 18-carat blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
The proposal was announced by Clarence House in November (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The announcement from William said: ‘It is my mother’s engagement ring. It is very special to me and Kate is very special to me now as well. It is only right the two are put together.’
How old was Kate when she married William?
Audiences from around the world tuned in to see Prince William and Kate Middleton get married at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011.
Kate was 29 at the time, William was 28.
A peak audience of 36.7 million people tuned in for coverage of the day in the UK alone.
Since the wedding, Kate and William have welcomed three children together: Prince George (born in 2013), Princess Charlotte (born in 2015) and Prince Louis (born 2018).
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