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  1. Duchess Kate, from regular kid to royal

    Take a look back at how the royal spent a lifetime preparing for her most important title — Duchess of Cambridge and the wife of Prince William.

    On Feb. 11, Duchess Kate stepped out wearing the Nizam of Hyderabad, a diamond necklace Queen Elizabeth II received as a wedding gift for her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. Kate wore the dazzling necklace to a fund-raising gala for the National Portrait Gallery in London. (Max Mumby/indigo / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Celebrating Christmas

    The Duchess of Cambridge arrives to attend a Christmas Day Service with other members of the royal family at St. Mary's church on the grounds of Sandringham Estate, the Queen's royal estate in Norfolk, England, on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (Lefteris Pitarakis / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. 3D glasses

    Kate tries out 3D glasses at a screening at the Natural History Museum in London on Wednesday, Dec. 11. (Suzanne Plunkett / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Sweet hug

    The Duchess hugs a child at the Shooting Star House Children's hospice in London on Friday, Dec. 6. The Duchess toured the facilities, viewed a music session where she played with a frog hand puppet and a rattle, met with volunteers and had tea with some of the children and their families. (Bradley Page / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Christening

    Prince William and Duchess Kate arrive at St. James's Palace with their 3-month-old son, Prince George, for his christening on Oct. 23. (John Stillwell / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Family photo

    In this photo taken by Duchess Kate's father, the royals pose with their baby, Prince George, as well as their dog Lupo, in the garden of the Middleton family home in August 2013 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Welcome to the world!

    Prince William and Duchess Kate show off their newborn son on July 23, 2013 outside St. Mary's Hospital. The baby is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Oli Scarff / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Showing off a baby bump

    Prince William (left) and Duchess Kate arrive at Westminster Abbey in London for a service on June 4 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. (Leon Neal / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Second wedding anniversary

    Duchess Kate visits Naomi House on April 29 in Hampshire, England. (Eamonn M. Mccormack / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Royals in the Far East

    Prince William and Kate travel in a special boat vehicle as they arrive at Honiara International Airport during their Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island, on September 16, 2012. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Happy St. Patrick's Day

    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, presents a shamrock to the regimental mascot as she takes part in a St Patrick's Day parade while visiting Aldershot Barracks in Aldershot, England, on March 17, 2012. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Kate and the queen

    Duchess Kate and Queen Elizabeth II are pictured as they visit the city of Leicester in central England, on March 8, 2012. (Rui Vieira / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Honoring heroes

    Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry leave after attending "A Night of Heros," the annual Sun Military Awards, to honour members of the British armed forces in London on December 19, 2011. (Arthur Edwards / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Yeehaw!

    Will and Kate watch a rodeo demonstration at a government reception at the BMO Centre on July 7, 2011, in Calgary, Canada. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Gang's all here

    Britain's Prince William and his new wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, pose with their page boys and bridesmaids following their wedding on April 29, 2011. Clockwise from bottom right, Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Eliza Lopes, Grace van Cutsem, Lady Louise Windsor, Tom Pettifer, and William Lowther-Pinkerton. (Hugo Burnand / Clarence House via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Paying respect

    Prince William, newly minted as the Duke of Cambridge, salutes the Cenotaph as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, bows her head on their way to Buckingham Palace after their wedding at Westminster Abbey. (Gerry Penny / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. You may kiss the bride

    Prince William kissed his new wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, watched by bridemaids Grace van Cutsem, left, and Margarita Armstrong-Jones. (Dylan Martinez / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Royal fans

    Kate Middleton talks to children during a visit to Witton Country Park in Darwen, northern England, on April 11. A large crowd of well-wishers braved a downpour to cheer Prince William and Kate Middleton as they took part in their final official engagement before their wedding. (Darren Staples / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Practice run

    Months before she is set to serve as Kate's maid of honor, Kate’s sister, Philippa “Pippa” Middleton, 27, attends the wedding of a friend. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. A royal doll

    The Limited Edition Princess Catherine Engagement Doll launched at Hamleys toy shop in London on April 7. The doll has been dressed and accessorized by seven award-winning British designers; some proceeds from each purchase go to the Help for Heroes charity. (Luke Macgregor / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Fat Tuesday

    Kate practices her kitchen skills while accompanying William on his first official visit to Northern Ireland. She's flipping pancakes to mark Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, when the British indulge in sugar, fat, eggs and other foods that are not eaten during Lent. As Kate greeted the crowd that gathered in Belfast, one woman gave her a daffodil pin after Kate said she liked it. Kate held the pin in her hand while she flipped flapjacks with the other. (Cathal Mcnaughton / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Wedding gift

    St. Andrews established a new scholarship in honor of William and Kate. The university presented the scholarship to the couple as a wedding gift in February. (Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. A return to where the romance began

    In February, Prince William and Kate return to their alma mater, University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where Kate first stole the prince’s heart. They make the trip six years after their graduation to launch a campaign marking the 600th anniversary of the university’s founding. Prince William is the patron of the campaign. (Wpa Pool / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Commoner greets the public

    Smiling Kate meets members of the public – and potential neighbors – as she and Prince William attend a naming ceremony for a new lifeboat in Anglesey. (Phil Noble / Pool via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Anglesey’s new residents

    Kate and Will make a visit to Anglesey in February 2011; the island off the coast of Wales is where they're said to live as husband and wife. (Phil Noble / Pool via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Two royal engagements

    Kate and William's isn't the only royal relationship taking the plunge. Here, Prince William’s younger brother, Prince Harry, attends a rugby match with his cousin, Zara Phillips, who is engaged to rugby player Mike Tindall. (Clive Mason / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Life as a royal is bubbly

    Prince William and Kate make their first official appearance since their engagement. In February 2011, Kate dedicates the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RNLI) new lifeboat with a bottle of Champagne. (Phil Noble / Pool via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Charitable Catherine

    Kate has attended charity events on the prince's arm, but royal watchers are waiting to see if she dives into that kind of work like William and his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, did. William is the patron or president of at least 20 organizations, and Diana was the president or patron of more than 100 charities during her marriage to Prince Charles. (Rui Vieira / PA via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Eight years to age 28

    After eight years, Prince William and Kate, now referred to as Catherine, announce they will finally say “I do.” William popped the question at 28 – the youngest age that he said he would marry. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. From countryside to castle

    Kate Middleton was raised in a middle-class family in Bucklebury, 60 miles outside London. Kate’s father, Michael, was an airline pilot and her mother, Carole, was a flight attendant before they started their own party supply business, Party Pieces, and became self-made millionaires. The Middletons made sure their daughters received a good education, sending them to some of the United Kingdom’s best schools. Prince William has described Kate’s parents as loving, caring, fun and welcoming. (Wpa Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Styles and smiles

    Over the years Kate has worn a bright smile to match her many hats. Her style sense is closely watched, and signature pieces include long jackets, boots and the occasional feathered fascinator. While Prince William became a lieutenant in the British Army, Kate worked as an accessories buyer for British clothing chain Jigsaw. (Dylan Martinez / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Kate’s social circle

    Kate attends the Gatcombe Park Festival of British Eventing with friends in August 2005. She has proven herself to be a multitasker over the years, balancing academics, friends, family and her relationship with the heir to the British throne. (Matt Cardy / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Go Wills

    Kate is a familiar face on the sidelines of the polo field, where she has often been seen cheering on Prince William. (Barry Batchelor / PA via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Duty calls

    Kate has supported William in all of his royal duties. Here, she attends the Annual Garter ceremony at Windsor Castle in June 2008 where Prince William was made a Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter by the queen, becoming the 1,000th in history. (Steve Parsons / Pool via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Game changer

    Although Kate is regularly spotted at the prince’s ceremonies and polo matches, her attendance at Prince William’s graduation from The Royal Military Academy was seen as a game changer. This was the first time she attended an important event with the queen and other senior royals. Many saw it as a coming-out for the prince’s girlfriend. (Adrian Dennis / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Split but not broken

    Prince William and Kate were said to have split in April 2007. Just a few short months later, she attended the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium in London, sitting with her brother only feet away from the prince. She was among the 70,000 people who joined Princes William and Harry for the concert in memory of their late mother. (Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Mum’s mishap

    Kate is poised, as usual, at William's Royal Military Academy graduation ceremony. When the cameras focused on the Middletons during the Sandhurst parade, Kate's mother, Carole, was spotted chewing gum -- a major faux pas. (Tim Ockenden / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Rare sight

    Kate Middleton and Prince William embrace after their graduation from St. Andrews University in June 2005. The pair has followed in the queen's footsteps and not shown much affection in public. This Middleton family picture captures a more relaxed and loving couple. (Middleton Family via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Top notch education

    In June 2005, Kate graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland, where she studied art history. She went to high school at boarding school Marlborough College. (Middleton Family via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Sweet scout

    The Duchess of Cambridge was a Brownie in 1990 at St. Peter's Church Hall, wearing a traditional Brownie uniform which included a yellow sweatshirt, brown or tan skirt and a yellow necktie.

    Like Princess Diana, Duchess Kate revealed her first charities for which she will lend her official patronage — and many of them help children in need. One charity in particular seems especially close to the her heart: the Scout Association, for which she will serve as a volunteer leader with the youngest scouts — Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts — near the home she shares with Prince William in north Wales. (MAVRIXONLINE.COM) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Camera ready

    Kate Middleton, 5, smiles for a family photo. Little did she know she was preparing for a life in front of the cameras. (Middleton Family via AFP-Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Reaching the summit

    In this Middleton family photo, 3-year-old Kate scales up a rock on a family vacation in the Lake District in England. The official royal wedding site lists hill-walking as a favorite hobby of Kate's. (- / Middleton family via AFP - Getty) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Cultured Catherine

    Kate began learning about other cultures as a child. At age 2, she moved with her family to Amman, Jordan, for two and a half years. Kate's experiences abroad might help her relate to the many people who circulate through the palace gates. Kate is photographed here with her sister, Pippa, and father in Jerash, Jordan. (Middleton Family via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. Mining Middletons

    Kate is not a coal miner's daughter, but she is the great-granddaughter of a miner. Kate's family has deep roots in the coal mines of northern England. Her great-grandfather, Tom, pictured front left, worked in the coal pits. Kate's family connection to coal mining only adds to the commoner-turned-princess mystique. (Scott Heppell / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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