Friday, April 27, 2012

Wills and Kate! As they celebrate 12 months of wedded bliss, FEMAIL looks back at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first year of marriage

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last April, William and Kate were married in a stunning ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

The world watched as the fairytale came true for Kate Middleton, a middle-class girl who married her prince.

One year on, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge look happier than ever. Across an eventful 12 months that has seen the two make dozens of public appearances, attend numerous charity events and William posted to the Falklands, leaving Kate to carry out solo engagements, the two have spent the year in the spotlight coming to terms with life as a working Royal couple.

Here, FEMAIL takes a look back at some of the highlights of what has been a spectacular year for William and Kate.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding on April 29th was watched by over two billion people

Worth the wait, Kate: The Royal's balcony kiss voted nation’s favourite TV moment of 2011

Walking hand in hand from Buckingham Palace the newlyweds look happy and relaxed the day after their nuptials

MAY 2011

William and Kate meet with Barack Obama (left) and First Lady Michelle Obama (right), on the first day of President Obama's three-day state visit to the UK - shortly after this photograph appeared Kate's £175 Reiss dress caused a shopping frenzy and sold out instantly

JUNE 2011

The Epsom Derby 2011 was the biggest gathering of the Royal Family since the royal wedding. Kate dazzled in a collarless off-white jacket over a diaphanous white frock and nude platform shoes while Prince William, and Harry opted for a top hat and tails.

The Trooping of the Colour ceremony marks the monarch's official birthday, but all eyes were on the Duke and Duchess playing key roles in the event for the first time

The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge attend the 10th annual ARK Gala in London. The Duchess wears a Jenny Packham gown that cost £3,835

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the 10th annual Absolute Return for Kids (Ark) Gala Dinner at Kensington Palace. Kate opted for a Jenny Packham gown, accessorised with LK Bennett shoes and a clutch bag, bringing a touch of simple elegance as they made their first official public engagement as a married couple

Never mind the royal wave: Kate and William take part in a Mexican wave on Centre Court as they watched Andy Murray beat Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon

JULY 2011

Pretty in purple: Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge took part in Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chat during a citizenship ceremony: Kate's brooch was borrowed from the Queen

Rapturous welcome: First job of the day for Prince William and his wife Catherine was at the Canadian Museum of Civilisation where they took part in a citizenship ceremony to mark Canada Day. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a red hat with maple leaves

William watches as his wife shovels dirt during a tree planting ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa before she hand the spade over...

Visit: William and Kate arrive at Prince Edward Island watched by a number of fans who had dressed up in period costume for the occasion

Lady in white: Kate wore a cricket style outfit for the occasion which she teamed with navy shoes. The Royal couple were met by hundreds of cheering fans

William and Kate pose wearing the sweaters of the Canadian Rangers after being made honorary members during a visit to Blatchford Lake, Northwest Territories July 5

Beaming: The royal couple looked the part in matching stetson hats as they got into the rodeo spirit in Calgary

Dazzling Duchess: Kate looked stunning in a little yellow dress as the royal couple arrived at Calgary airport

Kate and William cut a stylish appearance as they arrived in Santa Barbara ahead of a charity polo match that saw the Duke lead his team to a 5-3 victory, left, before the couple departed LAX airport, right

Hollywood royalty: Wearing a classic tuxedo, Prince William escorts Kate down the red carpet and into the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles

Hollywood royalty: Wearing a classic tuxedo, Prince William escorts Kate down the red carpet and into the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles

Warm welcome: The couple were greeted by a crowd of well wishers in Los Angeles, who had gathered to catch a glimpse of the British royals

Mom, I'd like you to meet... The royal couple met Jennifer Lopez and her mother at the glittering event


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Summerfield Community Centre in Birmingham to lend their support to riot-torn communities - Kate swapped her usual High Street favourites for a designer outfit by Alexander McQueen paired with Prada heels


Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Royal Mardsen hospital in Sutton


The royal couple attend a Charity Gala Evening hosted by 100 Women in Hedge Funds at St James's Palace in London for which Kate wore a full length red gown by ethical label, Beulah, left. Later that month, Kate attended a private dinner at Clarence House in aid of the charity In Kind Direct - one of The Prince of Wales's charities - without her husband



The Duke and Duchess attend The Sun Military Awards at The Imperial War Museum with Prince Harry. Kate wears a gown by Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton, the same designer who created her fairytale wedding dress


It's Kate's 30th birthday, and the royal pair attend a premiere for Steven Spielberg's acclaimed film War Horse. Kate chooses a lace Alice Temperley gown for the occasion, while Wills dazzles in tuxedo

This month, Kate announced the four charities for which she would become patron - Patron of Action on Addiction, Royal Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices, Royal Patron of The Art Room and Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, London - and also revealed she would become a volunteer with the Scouting Association612


Kate goes solo: William is posted to the Falklands leaving Kate to attend multiple social functions alone during February - and the Duchess takes them on with poise. Here, she attends the opening of the Lucian Freud exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery

It's Valentine's Day, and Kate goes solo again - this time to visit a Liverpool children's hospital, where she is bestowed with hundreds of bouquets and gifts

William is still in the Falklands - but Kate is not letting the grass grow underneath her feet. On February 22 she pays a visit to an Oxfordshire school where she takes place in an art class - and gets red paint on her Orla Kiely coat-dress

MARCH 2012

Girl's day out: Kate, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen go for tea at Fortnum & Mason

Wills is still away in the Falklands, so Kate embarks upon a visit to The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts with her in-laws - yet another engagement without her husband by her side. Kate looks confident and assured - testament to how far she has come since marrying William almost a year ago

Prince Charles wished to introduce his daughter-in-law to the charity work he carries out with the Princes Trust - and the experience went a long way in helping Kate adjust to life in the public eye

Charles and Kate were greeted by hundreds of cheering schoolchildren waving Union flags at the centre - a taste of things to come for Kate for the rest of her life

Later that same day, Kate is invited to meet the British Olympic hockey teamsin her role as Team GB and Paralympics GB 2012 Ambassador. She dons pink jeggings and trainers to join the teams for a game - and not only does she wow with her skills, but as a result of the Duchess Effect, pink jeans go on to sell out across the nation

The Duchess relived her school days as she played a game with the Olympic team

Kate, who wore heels before the game, posed with the GB Mens's Hockey Team

Short address: Kate gives her first speech in honour of families at The Treehouse, a hospice run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH)

APRIL 2012

APRIL 2012: Together again at last: Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, centre, enjoyed a week away at the renowned Trois Vallees ski resort with mother Carole, left, and the Middleton family after his safe return from the Falklands

Peplum queen: Kate wears Matthew Williamson as the couple arrive for the British Premiere of 'African Cats at the BFI Southbank

Quick change Kate: The Duchess Kate wore an indigo tweed Rebecca Taylor suit for her visit to Goldsmiths' Hall, left, then later in the day changed into a simple grey dress as she appeared at the Imperial War Museum last night



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