Will and Kate: from students to royal parents


Like all couples, William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have had their ups and downs. Here are some key moments in their relationship:

September 2001: William and Kate, both studying art history at St Andrews University in Scotland, meet and become friends as undergraduates.

September 2003: The pair and two other friends move into a cottage together for their final year of university -- in the past year both had been romantically linked to other people.

Christmas 2003: Rumours begin circulating that Kate and William may be a couple.

March 2004: The romance is confirmed when Kate and William are pictured together on the slopes at the Klosters ski resort in Switzerland.

January 2006:The couple are pictured kissing in public for the first time, again at Klosters. William begins his army career at Sandhurst shortly afterwards.

April 14, 2007: William and Kate are confirmed to have split.

June 2007: The couple are seen kissing at an Army party and speculation mounts that they are back together.

July 1, 2007: Kate accompanies William to a concert at Wembley Stadium in London in memory of his mother, Princess Diana.

April 11, 2008: Kate attends William's graduation ceremony at Sandhurst.

November 16, 2010: The couple announce their engagement.

April 29, 2011: William and Kate marry at Westminster Abbey and are named the duke and duchess of Cambridge.

December 3, 2012: Royal spokespeople announce that Kate is expecting her first child after she is taken to hospital with severe morning sickness.

July 22, 2013: Kate gives birth to a baby boy at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. The announcement of his birth is made at 4:24 pm.

July 23, 2013: The baby prince, third-in-line to the throne, makes his first public appearance when William and Kate carry him out of the hospital and show him to a waiting crowd of world media.

July 24, 2013: The couple announce that the new baby will be named Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.

October 23, 2013: George is christened in the Chapel Royal.

April 2, 2014: The couple take George on his first official overseas trip to New Zealand and Australia.

July 22, 2014: George celebrates his first birthday.

September 8, 2014: Royal officials announce that Kate, again suffering from severe morning sickness, is pregnant for the second time.


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