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William and Kate: 10 years in 10 pictures

Written by on 30 April 2021

To mark 10 years since their wedding day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released two new photos.

The images – taken at Kensington Palace this week by photographer Chris Floyd – capture William and Kate beaming just as much as they were 10 years ago.

But throughout their marriage – and ever since their very early days dating at St Andrew’s University – the couple have had to get very used to life in front of the lens.

Here are some of their most memorable moments:

We start with a ring – a very special sapphire

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Image: 2010: The official engagement announcement is made. Pic: AP

Prince William proposed with his late mother Prince Diana’s engagement ring while the couple were on holiday in Kenya – a 12-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds, set in white gold.

In an interview following their engagement, William said: “It’s my mother’s engagement ring. I thought it was quite nice because obviously she’s not going to be around to share in the fun and excitement of it all, so this was my way of keeping her close to it all.”

The big day

Agricola followed Prince William and Duchess Kate on their wedding day Image: 2011: The Kiss

Married life started with a fairy-tale ceremony at Westminster Abbey with 2,000 people in attendance. It was sealed with a kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

“The kiss” picture was on the front pages of the world’s newspapers.

Doing things normal couples do

The Duke of Cambridge shows off the salmon he caught along with his wife the Duchess of Cambridge on a boat off the coast of Haida Gwaii, near Skidegate, B.C., Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP) Image: 2016: Fishing fun. Pic: AP

As well as their support for various charities, they have travelled the globe representing the Queen and the Royal Family – and managed to have a spot of fun at the same time.

On a trip to Canada in 2016, they enjoyed a spot of fishing. And in an unguarded moment, the Duke of Cambridge excitedly shows off to his wife the salmon he caught, prompting what looks like high praise.

Every couple has a hat snap

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wear western clothes and cowboy hats in Calgary  Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, watch some bull riding while wearing western clothing and cowboy hats in Calgary, Alberta July 7, 2011. The Prince and his wife are on a royal tour of Canada from June 30 to July 8. REUTERS/Phil Noble (CANADA - Tags: ROYALS POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT) Image: Pic: Reuters

The duke and duchess, on a visit to Canada in 2011, went full western as they watched bull riding in Calgary, Alberta.

Who wore it best? (Kate)

All the ceremonies

Britain's Prince William applauds after his fiancée Kate Middleton poured champagne over the 'Hereford Endeavour' a new RNLI lifeboat, during a Naming ceremony and Service dedication, at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station in Anglesey, Wales, Thursday Feb. 24, 2011. The visit had been highly anticipated because the couple have kept such a low profile since announcing their engagement in November, making only one other prior appearance at a charity event. They plan to marry April 29 at Westminster Abb Image: Pic: AP

The pair have obviously been determined to enjoy every moment of their life in the spotlight and make the best of it – as images of this trip to Wales show a very happy newly engaged couple in love.

Kate was in charge of pouring the champagne over the ‘Hereford Endeavour’ – an RNLI lifeboat – during a naming ceremony in Wales in February 2011. The visit had been highly anticipated because the couple had been keeping such a low profile since announcing their engagement the previous November.

Then come the kids

Kate and William introducing baby George to the world in 2013 Image: Kate and William introducing baby George to the world in 2013

In their decade as a married couple, the pair have had three children, Prince George, who is now aged seven, Princess Charlotte, now five, and three-year-old Prince Louis.

Remember the crowds waiting outside the hospital for news of the birth of a future monarch? This was the moment the new parents emerged to reveal their first-born to the world.

George Alexander Louis was born at 4.24pm on 22nd July 2013 at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.

All families have conflict

Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah could be a difficult watch for the Royal Family

This snap has been used to illustrate lots of reported conflict between sisters-in-law Kate and Meghan – and likewise brothers William and Harry. Of course nobody outside the family knows what really happened behind closed doors, but one thing that can’t be denied is that this wasn’t a comfortable moment.

All the glamour. Oh, so much glamour

Duchess of Cambridge and Duke of Cambridge attend EE British Academy Film Awards 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall. London, England, UK (12/02/2017) | usage worldwide Photo by: Ik Aldama/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images Image: 2017: Style icon Kate and the prince attend the BAFTAs. Pic: AP

What’s the best thing about being a princess? Well, we don’t know, and we never will, but one of the perks has got to be the fashion.

It’s hard to choose just one – but this is a fine example.

Here Kate wears a black, floral print dress by Alexander McQueen with off-the-shoulder straps for the BAFTA in 2017.

Sorry Wills, this one’s all about her.

Friendly faces in a pandemic

The Duke and Duchess in a video call with Casterton Primary Academy in Burnley. Credit: Kensington Palace Image: The Duke and Duchess in a video call with Casterton Primary Academy in Burnley. Credit: Kensington Palace

In an extremely tough year for everyone, who better than the royal couple to listen to how you’ve been getting on?

Both passionate campaigners for mental health, William and Kate spent much of the pandemic talking to key workers, NHS staff and just about as many people as they could to show how much they appreciate them.

Here they are on a call with a primary school.

Happy 10 years!

Kate and William ahead of their 10 anniversary on 29 April. Pic: Chris Floyd/Camera Press

As the official pictures marking Kate and William’s decade of marriage are released, the Royal Family has congratulated them.

A message on the monarchy’s official social media accounts marking William and Kate’s milestone decade of marriage said: “Wishing The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a very happy wedding anniversary.

“Today marks 10 years since Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at Westminster Abbey.”

The traditional gift on a 10th wedding anniversary is tin, symbolising strength and durability.

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