In Pictures: The Duchess of Cambridge over the years

As the Duchess of Cambridge celebrates her 37th birthday on Wednesday, here’s a look back at Kate’s royal life so far:

– The Engagement

Kate Middleton became engaged to Prince William in 2010 when she was 28 years old, after months of speculation.

Royal engagement
Royal engagement

The former student flatmates, who met at St Andrews University in Fife, Scotland, had been dating for more than seven years when William proposed on a romantic holiday to Kenya.

Royalty – Prince William Graduation – St Andrews University
Royalty – Prince William Graduation – St Andrews University

William smuggled his late mother’s diamond and sapphire engagement ring in his rucksack to surprise Kate.

– Getting to know the ropes

In February 2011, Kate and William carried out their first official public engagement after announcing their engagement.

Prince William and Kate Middleton visit Anglesey
Prince William and Kate Middleton visit Anglesey

They visited Trearddur Bay in Anglesey, North Wales, to attend a service of dedication for a new RNLI lifeboat.

Future royal Kate was at ease, laughing and smiling as she poured champagne over a lifeboat as part of the ceremony.

– The wedding

Kate and William tied the knot in front of 2,000 guests and a television audience of millions in London’s Westminster Abbey on April 29 2011.

The Royal Wedding
The Royal Wedding

Kate’s elegant wedding gown with its fitted bodice and delicate lace neckline and sleeves was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

Miss Middleton became an HRH, the Duchess of Cambridge and a future Queen after saying her vows.

The Royal Wedding
The Royal Wedding
The Royal Wedding
The Royal Wedding

– The Family

Kate and William were overjoyed to welcome Prince George in 2013, and went on to add to their young family with Princess Charlotte in 2015 and then Prince Louis last year.

The family of five posed together at Anmer Hall in an image used for their 2018 Christmas card.

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Birth of Prince George of Cambridge
Birth of Prince George of Cambridge
Royal baby
Royal baby

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released an additional photograph taken following the christening of Prince Louis.

The Duke and Duchess hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do.

📷 @mattporteouspic.twitter.com/Ix9CykzeBx

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 16, 2018

– The Tours

Kate’s first official overseas tour saw the Cambridges travel to Canada in June 2011 and then onto California in the US.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada – Day Two
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada – Day Two
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada – Day Five
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada – Day Five

Since then the couple have travelled to the Far East and South Pacific in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, taken Prince George to New Zealand and Australia, and toured India and Bhutan.

Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific – Day Eight
Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific – Day Eight
Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific – Day Eight
Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific – Day Eight
Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific
Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific
Royal visit to Australia and NZ – Day 14
Royal visit to Australia and NZ – Day 14
Royal visit to India and Bhutan – Day 1
Royal visit to India and Bhutan – Day 1
Royal visit to India and Bhutan – Day 7
Royal visit to India and Bhutan – Day 7
Royal visit to India and Bhutan – Day 6
Royal visit to India and Bhutan – Day 6

Other trips have included Germany and Poland with George and Charlotte, and Sweden and Norway.

Royal visit to Germany – Day One
Royal visit to Germany – Day One
Royal visit to Scandinavia – Day One
Royal visit to Scandinavia – Day One

– The big events

The duchess joined the Queen and the royal family at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.

Other festivities have included the Queen’s 90th birthday, as well as annual favourites including Trooping the Colour, state banquets, diplomatic receptions and the Order of the Garter parade.

Diamond Jubilee celebrations – Thames Pageant
Diamond Jubilee celebrations – Thames Pageant
Royal visit to Nottingham
Royal visit to Nottingham
Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations
Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations
Trooping the Colour
Trooping the Colour
Trooping the Colour
Trooping the Colour
Buckingham Palace diplomatic reception
Buckingham Palace diplomatic reception

– Charity work

Kate is now patron of 17 charities and organisations, and has focused her charity work on helping children have the best possible start in life, particularly surrounding their mental health.

She has worked closely with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and Place2Be, which provides early intervention mental health support in schools.

Royal visit to Reach Academy Feltham
Royal visit to Reach Academy Feltham
Royal visit to the Anna Freud Centre
Royal visit to the Anna Freud Centre

In 2017, the duchess championed the Heads Together mental health campaign with William and Prince Harry.

Virgin Money London Marathon 2017
Virgin Money London Marathon 2017
Royal visit to YoungMinds
Royal visit to YoungMinds
Royal Foundation Forum
Royal Foundation Forum