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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrate 10th anniversary

Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate, celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary on Friday (April 29).

William and Kate met at St Andrews University in Scotland in September 2001, when the eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth arrived to begin a four-year degree course on the history of art.

The university saw a 44 percent increase in student applications – many from young women – after the handsome prince decided to enrol.

One of them was his future bride, the then-Kate Middleton.

The pair graduated together in June 2005.

They dated for many years before eventually marrying, after a short separation period in 2007.

After a year at the elite Sandhurst military academy, William graduated as an army officer in December 2006 and spent the next two years training with the army, airforce and navy.

In November 2010, after nearly a decade of courtship, Kate and William announced their engagement.

More than a million people thronged London’s streets and a worldwide audience of over two billion watched the sumptuous show of British pageantry which breathed new life into the monarchy.

To mark the marriage, the queen made William the Duke of Cambridge and Kate became Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge.

For their first overseas tour the royal couple visited Canada and America in July 2011.

They delighted cheering Canadians by showing their sporty side and taking part in dragon boat racing, with William giving Kate a consoling hug after his boat won.

In February 2012 William arrived in the Falkland Islands for a posting as a military search-and rescue pilot, adding to resurgent tensions between London and Buenos Aires.

At the beginning of June 2012 William and Kate joined the Queen, Prince Philip and other senior royals on board a gilded royal barge in a spectacular highlight of four days of nationwide events marking the monarch’s Diamond Jubilee.

In driving rain and biting wind, cheering crowds celebrating the queen’s 60th anniversary on the throne and watched a flotilla of 1,000 boats follow the royal barge on a 7-mile (11 km) journey down the River Thames.

The royal family were out in force during the London 2012 Olympics, and William and Kate made frequent appearances both as spectators and behind the scenes, meeting some of the thousands of Team GB volunteers who contributed to the success of the games.

In September 2012 they went on a Jubilee tour of southeast Asia, representing the queen.

The relaxed couple danced with locals in Tuvalu and were presented with necklaces by topless local women in the Solomon Islands.

That year a French magazine published topless pictures of Kate whilst on holiday in the south of France, sparking Prince William to instigate legal action.

In December 2012, Buckingham Palace announced William and Kate were expecting their first baby.

They were forced to reveal the private information early after Kate was admitted to hospital with acute morning sickness.

Kate’s growing baby bump was scrutinised the world over.

One of the couple’s last public engagements before the birth was a fun-filled tour of the Harry Potter studios, where they jousted with wands.

In June 2013, Kate, William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, celebrated the 60th anniversary of the queen’s coronation at a special service at Westminster Abbey.

The world’s media camped outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s hospital in central London for a couple of weeks before Kate was finally admitted on July 22 and gave birth to the couple’s baby boy.

Prince George Alexander Louis was carried out by the proud parents to meet the press on July 23 and the crowd cheered wildly as Kate handed over the bundled up baby into the arms of William.

George is now third in line to the British throne, just behind his father and grandfather, Prince Charles.

The Cambridges were first seen together in public after becoming parents in Anglesey, North Wales, where they used to live, on August 30, when Kate made a surprise appearance alongside her husband to start the Anglesey ultra marathon.

Two weeks later the couple attended the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards at the Royal Society in London.

This came just after Prince William announced he was to step down from the military after more than seven years in the armed forces, and focus on his charity and royal duties for the immediate future.

On October 23, three-month-old George, named after the queen’s father, was christened in a private service at the Chapel Royal inside St James’s Palace.

Just twenty-one guests, made up of close family members and seven godparents, attended the low-key ceremony.

George embarked on his first official tour the following April when he accompanied his parents on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia.

The tour included a visit to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, for the official opening of the Prince George Bilby Exhibit, named in honour of the young visitor who was delighted to be introduced to George the bilby.

In December, Prince George remained at home when William and Kate spent three days in New York and Washington.

While William visited the White House and met President Barack Obama, Kate visited children at the Northside Centre for Child Development in Harlem and joined staff and volunteers wrapping Christmas presents for some of New York’s poorest children.

Their itinerary included a reception in support of the Tusk Trust and Williams’s United for Wildlife foundation, which campaigns to end illegal wildlife hunting.

The event was co-sponsored by the Royal Foundation and the Clinton Foundation, and William and Kate were greeted on arrival by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her daughter Chelsea and son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky.

In September 2014, William’s office at Kensington Palace announced the couple are expecting their second baby.

The Duke and Duchess were again forced to reveal the information early after Kate suffered another attack of acute morning sickness.

Princess Charlotte was eventually born on May 2, 2015, with the royal couple again introducing their baby to adoring fans outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital.

The couple have enjoyed a close relationship with William’s brother Harry, and attended a Royal Foundation event with him and his future wife, Meghan Markle, in February 2018 – two months before William and Kate welcomed a third child, Prince Louis.

Following Harry and Meghan’s marriage that May, relations between the now-Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the rest of the Royal Family have deteriorated – reportedly including their friendship with the Cambridges.

Since the Sussexes retreated from royal duties and moved to the United States in early 2020, William and Kate are once again the primary public-facing figures within the family, regularly touring the country to greet the public, even during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

(Production: Ben Dangerfield)



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