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
Kate and William during their engagement photocall in the State Apartments of St James’s Palace in 2010 (John Stillwell/PA)

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
Kate Middleton at her graduation ceremony in 2005 (Mike Dunlea/Daily Mail/PA)

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
Kate with William at the naming ceremony for the RNLI’s new Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Hereford Endeavour, at Trearddur Bay (Phil Noble/PA)

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
Prince William and Kate Middleton during their wedding at Westminster Abbey (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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 bride and groom in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace (Dimitar Dilkoff/PA)
The Royal Wedding
The newlyweds kiss on the balcony (John Stillwell/PA)

– 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.

Birth of Prince George of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge holding newborn Prince George outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Royal baby
William and Kate with Princess Charlotte (John Stillwell/PA)

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.


— 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
Kate, wearing the colours of the Canadian flag, in Gatineau, Quebec, on Canada Day 2011 (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada – Day Five
The Duchess of Cambridge rowing in a dragon boat as she races against William in Dalvey-by-the Sea, on Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada (John Stillwell/PA)

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
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge drink from a coconut from a tree planted by the Queen during a visit to a Tuvalu village in 2012 (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)
Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific – Day Eight
The duchess dances with locals at Vaiaku Falekaupule during a visit to Tuvalu, Solomon Islands (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)
Royal tour of the Far East and South Pacific
Kate visiting the Assyakirin Mosque in Kuala Lumpur in 2012 (Tim Rooke/PA)
Royal visit to Australia and NZ – Day 14
William, Kate and George look at a Bilby called George at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia in 2014 (Chris Jackson/PA)
Royal visit to India and Bhutan – Day 1
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge playing football during a visit to the Banganga Water Tank in Mumbai, India in 2016 (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)
Royal visit to India and Bhutan – Day 7
William and Kate at the Taj Mahal in India (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Royal visit to India and Bhutan – Day 6
The duke and duchess after their trek to the Tiger’s Nest monastery near Paro, Bhutan in 2016 (Joe Giddens/PA)

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

Royal visit to Germany – Day One
William, Kate, George and Charlotte depart from Chopin airport, in Warsaw during their tour to Poland and Germany (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Royal visit to Scandinavia – Day One
Kate hits a hockey ball as she and the Duke of Cambridge meet a group of local bandy hockey players at Vasaparken in Stockholm (Victoria Jones/PA)

– 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
The Duchess of Cambridge with the Duchess of Cornwall on the Spirit of Chartwell for the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Royal visit to Nottingham
The Duchess of Cambridge laughs as the Queen gestures while they watch part of a children’s sports event during a visit to Vernon Park in Nottingham in June 2012 (Danny Lawson/PA)
Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations
The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Edinburgh, Peter Phillips and the Queen watch entertainment for the Patron’s Lunch in The Mall, London in honour of the monarch’s 90th birthday (Toby Melville/PA)
Trooping the Colour
Kate at her first Trooping the Colour balcony appearance with the Countess of Wessex, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Michael of Kent in 2011 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Trooping the Colour
The duchess with the royals including the Duchess of Sussex at the 2018 Trooping the Colour celebration (Yui Mok/PA)
Buckingham Palace diplomatic reception
Kate talks to guests at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace in 2018 (Victoria Jones/PA)

– 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
The duchess visiting the Reach Academy Feltham, in London, a school working in partnership with Place2Be in January 2018 (Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA)
Royal visit to the Anna Freud Centre
Kate takes part in a drumming music therapy session as she attends the Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas party in north London in 2015 (Chris Jackson/PA)

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

Virgin Money London Marathon 2017
Kate during a reception for runners from Team Heads Together at Kensington Palace in London, as they prepare for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon (Chris Jackson/PA)
Royal visit to YoungMinds
The duchess listens in to real calls during a visit to YoungMinds in London, a helpline service run by one of the eight charity partners of the Heads Together mental health campaign (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)
Royal Foundation Forum
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) and Kate and William during the first Royal Foundation Forum in London in February 2018 (Chris Jackson/PA)