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A royal couple's long courtship

When the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton was announced on Nov. 16, 2010, it was the culmination of a long courtship that dates back to 2002. See highlights and low points of a royal relationship.

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William and Kate

On April 29, 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton were married, eight years after they first met at university. The prince popped the question five months earlier to his longtime girlfriend during a vacation to Kenya. Take a look at their top moments.

Official wedding photo The online version of the royal wedding's official program includes a never-before-seen portrait of the couple, shot by Mario Testino. Testino also shot their official engagement pics.

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Image: Prince William And Kate Middleton Visit Darwen

A pre-wedding outing

Kate Middleton, or the Duchess of Cambridge as she is known after the wedding, waves as she walks with Prince William in Darwen, England, on April 11, less than three weeks until the royal wedding.

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Royal couple mania!

Excited fans line up to see Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton arrive at the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy in Darwen, England, on April 11. The prince was in the town to officially open the school.

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Image: Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, in Darwen, northern England

Weather or not

Heavy rain didn't prevent Kate Middleton and Prince William from thrilling the crowd that gathered to see them as they arrive at the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy in northern England on April 11.

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Image: Prince William And Kate Middleton Visit Northern Ireland

A perfect flip

Prince William looks on as Kate Middleton tosses a pancake during a visit to City Hall on March 8, 2011, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Image: Britain's Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton, speak to wedding florist Rachel Gibson, during a visit to the Greenmount Agriculture & Food College, in Antrim

Wedding blooms

Britain's Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton, speak to wedding florist Rachel Gibson during a visit to the Greenmount Agriculture & Food College, in Antrim, Northern Ireland, on March 8, 2011.

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Image: Prince William And Prince Harry Accompanied By Miss Middleton Visit The New Zealand High Commission

Remembering Christchurch

Prince William looks on as his fiancée Kate Middleton signs the book of condolence in memory of those who lost their lives in the Christchurch earthquake at the New Zealand High Commission in London.

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Image: Prince William And Kate Middleton Visit University Of St Andrews

Romantic homecoming

Prince William and Kate Middleton returned to the university where they met and fell in love on Feb. 25 with an official visit to St. Andrews on the east coast of Scotland.

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Image: Britain's Prince William, and his fiancee Kate Middleton attend the Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication of the Atlantic 85 Lifeboat 'Hereford Endeavour' in north Wales

Pouring some bubbly

Prince William and his blushing bride-to-be Kate Middleton performed a bit of royal duty, making a rare public appearance in Anglesey, Wales to christen Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station’s brand new lifeboat, the "Hereford Endeavour" on Feb. 24, 2011.

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Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton pose in one of two official engagement portraits, taken by photographer Mario Testino in the Cornwall Room at St James's Palace in London on November 25, 2010. The prince and his fiancee, Catherine Middleton, are to get married next year, the Buckingham Palace said last month. REUTERS/Copyright 2010 Mario Testino  MANDATORY CREDIT    (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY) NO COMMERCIAL OR BOOK SALES. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. NO COMMERCIAL USE

Official engagement portraits

The couple pose in their official engagement portraits, taken by photographer Mario Testino in the Cornwall Room at St James's Palace in London on Nov. 25, 2010.

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Image: Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton

Engaged at last

William and Kate pose for the media at St. James's Palace in London on Nov. 16, after they announced their engagement. The couple are to wed April 29, 2011.

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Image: Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton pose for a photograph in St. James's Palace in central London

Diana's ring

This close-up shows that the engagement ring Prince William gave Kate Middleton was the one that had belonged to his mother, Princess Diana. The ring is an oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

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Image: Prince William and Kate Middleton Attend Harry Meade And Rosie Bradford's Wedding

Royal couple

Months of speculation about William and Kate's engagement grew more intense when the couple attended Harry Meade and Rosie Bradford's wedding at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul on Oct. 23, 2010, in Northleach near Cheltenham, England.

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Royals Attend Nicholas Van Cutsem And Alice Hadden-Paton's Wedding

Chic chapeau

In an eye-catching hat, Kate Middleton attends the wedding of Nicholas van Cutsem and Alice at The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks on Aug. 14, 2009, in London. Middleton had been named to Vanity Fair's international best-dressed list in July 2008.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the wedding of friend Chiara Hunt in Salzburg, Austria - 06 Sep 2008

Wedding guests

Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the wedding of friend Chiara Hunt in Salzburg, Austria, on Sept. 6, 2008. Two years and two months later, it was announced that the prince and his longtime girlfriend had finally become engaged.

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Royals Attend Order of The Garter Service

A jolly good time

Prince Harry, Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall laugh together as they watch the Order of the Garter procession at Windsor Castle on June 16, 2008.

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Image: Kate Middleton, Prince William

Together again

Prince William and Kate Middleton at a Royal Air Force graduation ceremony held at RAF Cranwell, England on April 11, 2008. Middleton's accompanying the prince as he was awarded his RAF wings was a clear indication that the couple had reconciled after a widely reported split a year earlier.

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Image: File photograph shows the girlfriend of Britain's Prince William, Kate Middleton, attending the final day of the Cheltenham Festival horse racing in Gloucestershire, western England

A day at the races

Kate Middleton attends a horse race at the Cheltenham Festival in Gloucestershire, western England, in this March 16, 2007, photograph.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton skiing in Klosters, Switzerland - 19 Mar 2008

On the slopes

Prince William and Kate Middleton were spotted skiing in Klosters, Switzerland, on March 19, 2008, one of a number of public appearances together that showed that they had reconciled after a reported April 2007 breakup.

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The Cheltenham Festival at the Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, Britain - 13 Mar 2007

They're off!

Prince William and Kate Middleton on the first day of the Cheltenham Race Festival in Gloucestershire, on March 13, 2007. One month later, the media reported that Middleton and the prince had broken up.

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Prince Harry (L) and Prince William (2nd

Separate seats

Prince Harry (front left) and Prince William (on Harry's left) are clearly enjoying a performance at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium in London on July 1, 2007. So is Kate Middleton (upper right corner). At the time, rumor had it that William and Kate had reconciled after their split in April 2007, but they sat separately, insisting that they were "just good friends."

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RBS 6 Nations: England v Italy

Sports fans

Prince William and Kate Middleton attend a rugby match in London in this Feb. 10, 2007, photo.

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Kate Middleton Celebrates 25th Birthday

Paparazzi prey

Photographers snap pictures of Kate Middleton as she leaves her Chelsea home on Jan. 9, 2007, her 25th birthday. The growing media attention that she attracted at this time prompted warnings to the press from Prince Charles, Prince William and Middleton's lawyers. As a result, two newspaper groups decided to cease publishing paparazzi photos of Middleton.

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Image: (FILES) A file photo taken December 15,

Lady in red

Kate Middleton arrives at the Sovereign's Parade at The Royal Military Academy in Camberley, west of London, on Dec. 15, 2006.

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Wedding of Laura Parker-Bowles And Harry Lopes

Guest of honor

Kate Middleton is seen at the wedding of Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopes at St Cyriac's Church, Lacock on May 6, 2006, in Wiltshire, England.

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FILE:  Kate Middleton Models in Student Fashion Show

Model behavior

Kate Middleton models on the catwalk at a student fashion show attended by Prince William on March 26, 2002, in St. Andrews, Scotland. The prince reportedly paid 200 pounds to sit in the first row and watch Middleton model a sheer dress over a black bandeau and bikini bottoms.

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Image: Prince William and Kate Middleton engaged to be married in 2011

Heads on a platter

In November 2006, British retailer Woolworths showed a china plate representing Prince William and Kate Middleton as a commemorative gift for their wedding. Four years later the prediction finally came true when the royal family announced that the couple were engaged.

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