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It feels like forever ago that we first met Kate Middleton, the woman who would eventually marry Prince William and become the Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William and Kate Middleton have been married for nearly 8 years. In that time, they've become parents thrice over, and have sort of set the bar for royal couples. And that bar has been set pretty high! Wills and Kate are like an old married couple now, settled into a place of comfort and familiarity. As the next in line for the throne, William's royal duties take center stage. After all, he'll be the King of England at some point, so he has a lot of royal diplomacy to practice! But even under that kind of pressure, Kate and Wills remain solid.
Harry and Meghan have dominated the news of late, with an engagement, wedding, and pregnancy in about a year and a half. In that time, Prince William and Kate Middleton have stayed constant, a comforting sight in the chaos. They've had their own news, too. The couple welcomed baby Louis last spring, and are not navigating life as busy (and royal) parents of three. The couples lives similar lives, but live them very differently. Where Meghan and Harry are all lovey-dovey, Kate and Wills are more reserved. But even though they're not the royal couple we'll catch stealing a kiss, you can still feel the love between them. These pictures of Kate and William show how they've grown as a couple. They also show just how much these two seem to dig each other. We love all the royal couples, but Wills and Kate will always be our OG fav.
Even when they first took their relationship public, we didn't see a lot of PDA from Prince William and Kate Middleton. Wills seems to follow the royal rules a bit better than Harry, LOL. But even when they're just standing next to each other, you can see the bond there. In the little glances, the quick touches. This is clearly a couple who is secure in their relationship and don't feel like they need to advertise it, and we completely understand that! Not to say public displays of affection are done for the public. But there's something about the quiet and simple silence of a loving glance that we just dig.
Remember when you were a kid and your parents would look like they were having a blast together? And you were like, "UGH, my parents are so embarrassing". We're those parents now, which is awesome. And Prince William and Kate Middleton are those parents, and we LOVE it. Can you just see William cracking a terrible dad joke? Or Kate giggling behind her hand when one of her kids runs into the wall or something? That's the thing about this particular royal couple - they seem so relatable to other couples who've been married for a spell and have kids. They still seem to have a lot of fun, even when life is a lot to handle.
We love this picture of Prince William and Kate Middleton! It's so fun and free and relaxed. It's got to be so hard to find these moments when you live the royal life. Like, does Kate ever just roll out of her room in a robe and a messy bun and lounge around on the couch all day? Do they Netflix and chill? It's hard to imagine Kate and Wills as anything but posh royalty, but then we see a picture like this and we realize that they're really just a couple of young parents having a good time. And let's be honest, it looks like Kate could totally wipe the field with Wills in a game of football.
Three kids is ... a lot of kids. But man, these parents make it look easy. And they make it look damn good! Prince William and Kate Middleton have three absolutely adorable kiddos. And they really, really seem to enjoy being parents. We imagine it's difficult, balancing their public lives and royal duties with raising a family. Yes, they have access to assistants and nannies and a really great support system. But they still have to figure out how to strike that balance between being royal mum and dad and regular mum and dad. The kids are probably too young to realize what's going on. But we'd love to see how Kate and Wills handle it when George finds out he's a future king!
LOL, this has got to be one of our favorite pictures of Kate of all time! Her face is just priceless. She's like, "Hell yeah, I'm in Ireland, the kids are back at the palace, I'm gonna pour this one REAL big". And Wills is just like, yeah girl, get it. Do you think Kate says bad words? We don't know why, but we can totally picture her cursing a blue streak and taking a long drink from a cold beer. She's one whose public persona is probably a lot more reserved than her private persona. We bet she and Wills have some rousing rows when their favorite football teams play each other. We totally want to have beer and a chat with the Duchess.
You know what this face is? This is the face of a wife halfway listening to something her husband is saying (a corny dad joke, perhaps?) while trying to maintain her royal composure in front of thousands of people. This is the face we've all used at one time or another. We wouldn't be surprised if she was whispering something under her breath, LOL. Remember that picture of Kate and her mom face when one of the kids was acting up? This is the same face, husband-style. But this is a true relationship moment, and we love it. Kate and Wills might be royalty, but they're still just a married couple, and in that sense, we're just like them.
If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are that sexy pair of heels you love, then Prince William and Kate Middleton are your favorite, most comfortable pair of jeans. You know the ones - they feel like velvet and fit perfectly right out of the dryer. And we mean that as the highest possible compliment! They're the real deal, and they just seem so comfortable with each other and this life they live. They're the couple who can sit next to other reading, and look up every so often to share or smile or something interesting in one of their books. This is a couple who can communicate with a simple look. They're couple goals, for sure.
Gosh, this seems like so long ago! Prince William and Kate Middleton became parents to little George in 2013. And we became aware of this royal custom of walking out literally hours after having a baby to present him to waiting press and admirers. We admire the hell out of Kate for one, being able to get up and walk that soon after having a baby, and two, looking so damn good! Wills did the good thing and carried the new baby, while Kate looked on with love and pride. They've come a long way since George was born, and have had two more kiddos in that time. But we'll always love this first picture of the new royal family.
A lot of little kids fantasized about growing up to marry a real-life prince or princess. Obviously, we did so without context about what it means to meet and fall in love with someone. And we had no idea what a royal wedding or marriage would entail. But still - WHO DIDN'T WANT TO BE A PRINCE OR PRINCESS?! Those same little boys and girls turned into adults who stayed up all damn night to watch the royal weddings in real time. And this moment? This moment was swoon-worthy. This is an absolutely magical photo. Like, legit magic. It's like something out of a Disney movie! And while Prince William and Kate Middleton likely didn't have much control over how their wedding went down, we bet this moment is one they remember.
Is it just us, or do you sense a real competitiveness between Prince William and Kate Middleton?! Like, they clearly love each other and have a great time together. But like ... they also want to crush each other in sport. This picture cracks us up! You have to make sure you retain bragging rights, we totally get it. But for the record, our money is on Kate at all times. She's a bad-ass, anyone can see that. She carried and birthed three babies, WITH hyperemesis gravidarum, all while maintaining her duties as Duchess of Cambridge. Plus, she chases those babies all over the place day in and day out. Sorry Wills, we're Team Kate all the way.
Goodness, look at those actual babies! So young, so carefree. So much hair left on William's head, LOL. Prince William and Kate Middleton started dating in college at St. Andrews, and their relationship became public knowledge after they were photographed on a ski trip together in 2004. They spent some time doing the long distance thing after graduation, with Kate working in London and Wills completing his special military training in Southwestern England. They finally tied the knot in 2011, but they really did enjoy quite a long (and private) courtship. It's so sweet to see a picture from those early days, but even back then, you could see how much they love each other.
Listen, we love us a couple who can let loose and have a good time! Prince William and Kate Middleton exude sophistication and poise. Except, of course, when beer is involved, LOL! This is such a great example of how much fun they seem to have with each other, and it really shows that they don't seem to take their royal lives too seriously. Sure, this is their job, and it's a pretty unique job when you think about it. But beyond that, these are young parents, just trying to have a good time. We would sit down for a beer with them any day. We'd be a little concerned about Kate drinking us under the table, though.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have had a long romance. But even royal couples hit bumps along the way. The couple briefly broke up in 2007. Kate said of that time, "I think I at the time wasn't very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person...You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn't realized. Or I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you're younger. I really valued that time for me as well although I didn't think it at the time, looking back on it." We're sure these two kids worked it out. Seeing Kate look at him that way, it's pretty obvious they were meant to be.
As much as we love the pictures of Prince William and Kate Middleton being all royal and stuff, we love these pictures of them even more. Because these are glimpses into the relationship between this fun-loving couple. And it's so nice to see them let down their hair every once in a while! Life can be a lot, especially when you become parents. Couple that with having these sometimes-stodgy duties as a member of the royal family, and you've got a recipe for boredom or stress. So nice to see Wills and Kate act just like any other married couple in love. It's stuff like this that keeps the spark alive for years to come.
Now, this isn't exactly a picture of Prince William and Kate Middleton looking in love. Hell, they're barely touching and both of them are clearly engrossed in whatever it is they're watching. But look at their faces. They're making the same exact face! What is it they say about couples who've been together a long time? They start to resemble each other, in looks and mannerisms. Maybe this is Will and Kate's concentration face, or maybe they're both eating something. Either way, we love that they make the same expression, it's so damn cute and we love that this moment was captured forever.
Growing up in England, we're sure plenty of young women were enamored of Prince William. Once he reached adulthood, he was the country's most eligible bachelor, after all! Kate Middleton seemed to have eyes for William for quite some time before they became a couple. After being asked about all the boys who fancied her in school, she allegedly told a friend, "I don't like any of them … there's no one quite like William. I bet he's really kind. You can just tell by looking at him." She also apparently had a picture of Wills on her wall in college, which is so adorable we can't even stand it. Thankfully, these love birds found their way to each other. And the rest is royal history.