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Prince William, Duchess Kate celebrate 5th wedding anniversary: See their best moments

The longer Prince William and Duchess Kate are together, the more grounded they appear.

It’s been five years since the Duke of Cambridge wed the former Kate Middleton, but memories from the past year alone could easily fill numerous scrapbooks for these college sweethearts.

Three days after their last anniversary, the couple welcomed a daughter, Princess Charlotte, who doubled the family's fun just as big brother Prince George entered his “terrible twos.”

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Prince William and Duchess Kate Catherine, on their April 29, 2011, wedding day - and five years later during a visit to Bhutan on April 15, 2016.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are perhaps one of the best-known set of parents in the world, yet they recently returned from an adventurous week-long getaway — sans children — to India and Bhutan. The trip was a state visit on behalf of the monarchy, but it provided the public with peeks at their deep affection for one another.

In honor of this fun-loving couple’s fifth anniversary Friday, here’s a look back at five moments each of some of the couple’s most silly, sweet and regal sides.

Silly

1. The couple practiced their archery skills in Bhutan this April. Hi there, Duchess Katniss!

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge take part in archery, Bhutan's national sport on April 14, 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan.
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge take part in archery, Bhutan's national sport on April 14, 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan.

2. Wingardium leviosa! The pair practiced their sorcery at the "Harry Potter" films' set while Duchess Kate was pregnant with Prince George.

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The royal couple during their April 26, 2013 visit to Warner Bros Studios and the set of the Harry Potter films.

3. Snow day! The duke and duchess showed off their playful side with a lighthearted snowball fight during a holiday in the French Alps.

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Kate throws a snowball at her husband during a break from posing for pictures while vacationing in the French Alps on March 3, 2016.

4. Duchess Kate held nothing back and smoked her husband in a pair of yacht races in 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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The duke and duchess while racing each other in yachts in the Auckland Harbour on April 11, 2014. Kate won both matches.
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Duchess Kate shows no hard feelings remain after her victory against Prince William.

5. The royal couple showed their love for their country and each other when they routed on Team Britain during the 2012 London Olympics.

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Kate and William can't contain their excitement when Team Great Britain wins a gold medal in track cycling at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Sweet

1. Royals gone wild! The couple had an adorable moment while on safari to raise awareness for conservation efforts in India this April.

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The Duke of Duchess of Cambridge during a drive through Kaziranga National Park on April 13, 2016 in Guwahati, India.

2. In Bhutan, the couple hiked for hours to reach a monastery atop a 10,000-foot cliff. Oh, and the held hands most of the way and were picture perfect in so many ways.

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The couple during an hours-long hike along a mountain trail leading to the Tigers Nest monastery in Paro Taktsang, Bhutan, on April 15, 2016.
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Posing during a break on their hike.

3. Shortly after their 2011 nuptials, the couple visited Canada and stopped by the Calgary Stampede.

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Prince William and Duchess Kate exchange a glance while attending the Calgary Stampede in Canada on July 8, 2011.

4. And baby makes four! Prince William and Duchess Kate welcomed Princess Charlotte in May, and during her christening in June posed for these family photos, taken by celebrity photographer Mario Testino.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, following the July 5, 2015 christening of Charlotte.

5. A royal holiday! The royal family's 2015 holiday photo featured the family of four on the grounds of Kensington Palace.

Regal

1. The couple ended their week-long visit to India and Bhutan with a visit to the Taj Mahal in India, where they posed on the same bench as Prince William's mother, Princess Diana, in 1992.

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The royal couple pose in front of the Taj Mahal on April 16, 2016, the last day of their visit to India.
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Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, pose as they sit in front of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, April 16, 2016.

2. Duchess Kate stunned in a Jenny Packham gown during a Bollywood gala to kick off the couple's India tour in Mumbai.

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Prince William and Duchess Kate arrive at a Bollywood-inspired gala on April 10, 2016, in Mumbai, India.

3. The royal pair helped open a solemn and stirring tribute to British lives lost during World War I at the Tower of London in 2014.

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The royals stroll through a field of ceramic poppies, part of an art installation at the Tower of London to commemorate the First World War, in August 2014.

4. A regal landing! Will and Kate (and Prince George) channeled Old Hollywood glamour while landing in New Zealand in 2014.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, carrying their son, Prince George, at their April 2014 arrival in Wellington, New Zealand.

5. The couple's grand finale during a 2014 trip to New York City featured a fundraiser gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Duchess Kate stunned in a reused Janny Packham gown while she was pregnant with Princess Charlotte.

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Hand in hand, Will and Kate leave the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City following a gala honoring the 600th anniversary of their alma matter, the University of St. Andrews.

Happy anniversary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

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