The world watched in awe Prince William Princess KateOn April 29, 2011, they were married at Westminster Abbey in London. Commoners still admire the couple many years later. From their royal engagements to the three beautiful children, Us Weekly is taking a look back at the duo’s relationship.
Though they didn’t tie the knot until 2011, Kate and William first met 10 years prior while studying history at Scotland’s University of St Andrews. They would keep their romance secret as they finished their education. However, they later had a highly publicized split in 2007.
“At the time I wasn’t very happy about it, but it actually made me a stronger person,” Kate shared during a joint interview with William in November 2010. “You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realized. I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you are younger, and I really valued that time for me as well although I didn’t think it at the time.”
William explained his reasons for splitting from Kate briefly. “It was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up so it was just a bit of space, and it worked out for the better,” he said at the time.
They would eventually reconcile and announced their engagement in November 2010 They are now the proud parents of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as well as Prince Louis.
In November 2016, William praised Kate on how she manages parenthood. “It’s been quite a change for me personally. I’m very lucky in the support I have from Catherine. She’s an amazing mother and a fantastic wife,” he said on Talk VietnamAt the time. “I’ve struggled at times. The alteration from being a single, independent man to going into marriage and then having children is life-changing.”
Kate, however, shared her hopes for their children in February 2020.
“Someone did ask me the other day, ‘What would you want your children to remember about their childhood?’” she explained during an appearance on the “Happy Mum, Happy Baby” podcast. “And I thought that was a really good question because actually if you really think about that, is it that I’m sitting down trying to do their math and spelling homework over the weekend? Or is it the fact that we’ve gone out and lit a bonfire and sat around trying to cook sausages that hasn’t worked because it’s too wet? That’s what I would want them to remember — those moments with me as a mother, but also the family going to the beach, getting soaking wet, filling our boots full of water, those are what I would want them to remember. Not a stressful household where you’re trying to do everything and not really succeeding at one thing.”
Scroll down to take a look back at William and Kate’s royal romance.