King Of Wishful Thinking Go West
Following the birth of the royal baby we take a look at Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and mum of a healthy baby boy's life in pictures.
Who knew this cutie would eventually marry Prince William? Photo: Middleton family album © The Middleton Family, 2011.
Kate shows off her sporting talent at a young age! And she's certainly climbed up the social ladder too! Photo: Middleton family album © The Middleton Family, 2011.
Kate and Pippa sport their golden locks on holiday with their family. Check out how sweet proud dad Michael looks! Photo: Middleton family album © The Middleton Family, 2011.
Kate Middleton met Prince William in at St Andrews University. The pair ended up sharing a house together and becoming good friends before falling for one another... Middleton family album © The Middleton Family, 2011.
Kate Middleton models on the catwalk at a student fashion show attended by Prince William, on March, 26, 2002 in St. Andrews, Scotland. The dress, made by a friend of Kate's, became quite the sensation when Kate and Will became engaged.
Kate and Will in the first throes of love. Don't they look sweet in matching white shirts?
It's 2005 and Kate and William graduate from university. Kate received a 2.1 in Art History.
Kate is snapped on a skying trip to Klosters, Switzerland in 2005. The trip became famous because Prince William was snapped kissing his girlfriend in public for the first time!
It's 2005 and by now the world's very interested in the young girl from Berkshire. Kate starts getting papped wherever she goes, but she never loses her composure and smiles for the cameras instead. Well played Kate!
Kate Middleton starts hitting the upper class social scene. She's snapped here at the Beaufort Polo Club in 2006.
Kate enjoys a night out with friends. We like the bed hair but the all whole pink outfit is a little ageing for the young Middleton.
It's 2006 and Kate attends Laura Parker Bowles' wedding to Harry Lopes. A clear sign that she's already part of the royal family...
Kate joins the 'horsey' set at the races at the Cheltenham Festival in 2007.
After university Kate's parents bought her a flat in Chelsea and Middleton made the most of it! She's photographed here leaving one of her favourite 'Sloany' nightclubs, Boujis, which is frequented by the young royals.
After university Kate toyed with the idea of becoming a photographer and helped put together a photography exhibition in London.
Kate does what any twenty something would do straight after university: she goes out clubbing! Middleton is seen here arriving at Boujis in 2007.
Kate Middleton attends a training session with The Sisterhood on the River Thames for their Cross Channel Challenge in 2007. Around this time Kate and Will were on a break but this didn't let Kate put her life on hold. Go girl!
Kate enjoys the single life out on the town with friends in 2007.
Looking preppy at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in 2007.
Kate is snapped outside her home in Chelsea on her 25th birthday in January 2007. We love her nonchalant, casual look here.
Kate attends the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium 2007. Kate's very much back in the royal family picture here.
As she attends Lady Rose Windsor's wedding in 2008 is clear that Kate Middleton's back in Prince William's arms and here to stay.
Like any girl-next-door Kate does her food shopping in Chelsea.
Smiles all round! A beaming Kate leaves club Whiskey Mist in London.
Letting her hair down in 2008 at the Renaissance Rooms in south London, for the Day-Glo Midnight Roller Disco.
Kate and William announce their engagement on November 16th 2010. The couple look so happy the nation can't help but being moved by this young love story.
Kate looks gorgeous on her engagement day. Middleton wore a royal blue wrap dress by fashion designer Issa, one of her favourite brands.
Kate shows off her engagement ring. The ring was Princess Diana's engagement ring.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge marry at Westminster Abbey on April 2011. All eyes were on Kate and her fairytale dress, which was created by Sarah Burton, head designer at Alexander McQueen's.
Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. It was indeed a fairytale moment for the newlyweds and Britain.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoy a day watching tennis at Wimbledon 2011
Kate takes on her royal duties. The Duchess of Cambridge is photographed here at the Victoria Barracks where she presented medals to the 1st Irish Guards in Windsor, Berkshire.
A couple of months after the royal wedding, the couple embarked on an official tour of North America. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge donned cowboy outfits for their visit to the BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the BAFTA Brits at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, California as part of their north American tour in summer 2011. The event was set up to promoted British film talent in the US and Hollywood actors and actresses queued up to meet Kate and Will. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a gorgeous lilac Alexander McQueen gown for the event, and looked splendid.
Kate helped make mince pies during the visit to London charity Centrepoint just before Christmas 2011. We love how down-to-earth this girl is. And we bet she makes yummy cupcakes too!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dressed elegantly at the Military Awards in December 2011.
The Duchess wowed the crowds in her beautiful floor length lace gown at the premiere of War Horse, in London on January 8th 2012.
The Duchess of Cambridge plants a tree at The Treehouse, part of the East Anglia's Children's Hospices, in Ipswich. The Duchess gave her first public speech during the visit. 'Today I have seen again that The Treehouse is all about family and fun,' she said 'For many this is a home from home - a lifeline enabling families to live as normally as possible during a very precious period of time.'
The Duchess of Cambridge joins Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Corwall on their visit to luxury department store Fortnum and Mason in London on March 1 2012. Kate is said to be getting on well with the Queen and she's become very close to her mother in law Camilla Parker Bowles. The royal guests met military personnel involved in the Gifts For Troops scheme, which sends packages to soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Photo: Leon Neal/PA Wire
Kate Middleton looks fabulous in a Matthew Williamson bejewelled gown at the African Cats UK Premiere in London. Documentary African Cats tells the story of cubs being brought up by a family of leopard and a family of lions. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to will go towards the animal conservation charity Tusk Trust of which Prince William is patron.
A rare moment of public affection: Kate and Wills are ecstatic as they watch the Olympic Games
Kate gets into the swing of things! The Duchess of Cambridge gets into costume with locals at Vaiaku Falekaupule during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, during a nine-day royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The Duchess of Cambridge is surprised and touched as she receives a bouquet of flowers during her visit to Cambridge.
In December St James' Palace announced that Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge were expecting a their first child. The royal baby was born on July 22nd in London.