William and Kate's Most Adorable Couples Moments Through the Years

Nine years and three kids later, here are William and Kate's cutest moments together.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton will celebrate nine years of marriage on Apr. 29 and by all appearances, their relationship has never been stronger. William and Kate were together nearly 10 years (with a short break-up in between) before their wedding, going from classmates to housemates to a couple to married parents of three (Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis). Through it all, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have charmed and dazzled fans with their genuine affection for each other, their easy-going personalities, and their undeniable star power. Here, in celebration of their upcoming anniversary, is a look at William and Kate's most adorable moments together. And for more on the future king of England, check out 27 Things You Never Knew About Prince William.

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Their now iconic post-graduation photo at St. Andrews (2005)

Catherine Middleton and Prince William on their graduation day, St. Andrews University June 2005
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William and Kate famously met as students at St. Andrews in Scotland. They studied art history together (though William eventually switched to geography) before they became friends; and then housemates, sharing a place with other friends; and eventually, they fell in love. During their college years, they kept their romance low key. On graduation day in 2005, the couple happily posed for this photo, taken by Kate's father, Michael Middleton—it proved to be the first of many memorable moments for the future king and queen of England.

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Their first-ever interview with the BBC (2010)

William and Kate smiling during their first interview together with the BBC in 2010
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After William and Kate announced their engagement on Nov. 16, 2010, they sat down for the customary interview with the BBC. Looking very much in love, William told interviewer Tom Bradby that he knew from the first time he met Kate that "there was something special about her." (Ironically, Bradby is the same journalist who spoke with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for their explosive ITV interview when they revealed their unhappiness with royal life.)

Looking every inch a duchess-in-training in a royal blue Issa wrap dress, a clearly nervous Kate faltered a bit when she was asked how she felt about the inevitable comparisons to Princess Diana. "Obviously, I would have loved to have met her and she's obviously… she's an inspirational woman to look up to," she said. William quickly stepped in to put his future bride at ease. "No one is going to try to fill my mother's shoes—what she did was fantastic," he said. "It's about making your own future and your own destiny and Kate will do a very good job of that."

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Their balcony kiss on their wedding day (2011)

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton kissing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London watched by bridesmaids Margarita Armstrong-Jones (right) and Grace Van Cutsem (left), following their wedding at Westminster Abbey in April 2011
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Nearly three billion people worldwide tuned in to watch William and Kate's royal wedding on Apr. 29, 2011, but the newlyweds managed to make their post-wedding kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace seem romantic and intimate. At first, William and Kate exchanged a chaste peck, but after the crowds chanted, "Kiss her again!" William leaned in for a more passionate kiss a few minutes later. The delighted bride giggled, the groom blushed, bridesmaid Grace Van Cutsem famously scowled, and the rest of us swooned. And for more on weddings fit for kings and queens through the years, check out 30 Fascinating Facts about British Royal Weddings.

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Their tender hoodie moment with the Canada Rangers (2011)

Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (back centre) pose for a group photo with Canadian Rangers at Blachford Lake during their royal tour to Yellowknife, North West Territories, July 5, 2011
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During their first official tour of Canada in Jul. 2011, newlyweds Will and Kate were made honorary members of the Canadian Rangers and received bright red hoodies personalized with their new titles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The prince charmed Kate—and everyone else—when he gingerly helped the duchess tie up her hoodie before posing for a group photo.

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Their cowboy hats at the Calgary Stampede (2011)

On the final leg of their 2011 royal tour, Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, press the red button to start the Calgary Stampede Parade in Calgary, Alberta, July 8, 2011
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We can't think of any other royals who could pull off wearing cowboy hats without looking completely ridiculous, but William and Kate looked absolutely adorable in their matching white hats and Western wear during that royal visit to Canada in 2o11. The classy cowboys arrived at Calgary Stampede sitting atop a stagecoach, pressed the red button together to start things off, took in the rodeo, and met fans who were completely roped in by their charm.

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Their rival dragon boat race on Prince Edward Island (2011)

Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, discuss his team beating hers in the dragon boat race across Dalvay Lake near Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, July 4, 2011
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During that same 2011 Canadian tour, the newlyweds battled it out on separate teams during a dragon boat race on Prince Edward Island. William and Kate, who both love competitive sports, served as captains of their respective teams. After William's team won by a third of a length, he gave Kate an affectionate hug when he stepped out of his boat. The prince jokingly chided his royal rival as he accepted a bottle of champagne as first prize. "No chivalry!" he said.

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Their wand-erful magic moment in London (2013)

Kate Middleton and Prince William hold wands at the royal visit to Warner Bros Studios in 2013
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William and Kate (with Prince Harry in tow) tried their hand at Hogwarts magic at the official opening of the new Warner Bros. Studio in London in Apr. 2013. The royals got a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility, which included a visit to the Harry Potter exhibition where they playfully squared off against each other by crossing magic wands.

J.K. Rowling was on hand to greet the royals, and Kate, who was six months pregnant with Prince George at the time, told the author that she'd read all the books and seen all the films. But William admitted he'd only seen the movies. Even royals can be superfans!

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Their beautiful butterfly visit with Prince George (2014)

Kate Middleton and Prince William celebrate Prince George's first birthday in 2014 during a visit to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London.
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In celebration of Prince George's first birthday in Jul. 2014, Kensington Palace released three official photos of the toddler, third in line to the throne. Two of those absolutely adorable images were taken during the family's visit to a butterfly exhibit at London's Natural History Museum. Our hearts melted seeing photos of the youngest royal mesmerized by butterflies while his doting parents looked on lovingly. A truly aww-inspiring moment.

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Their romantic Met exit in New York (2014)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the St Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York during their visit in 2014
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During William and Kate's trip to New York City in Dec. 2014, when Kate was pregnant with Princess Charlotte, the couple dazzled even the most jaded New Yorkers during a full schedule of events around the city. They charmed the crowd at a Brooklyn Nets' game, sitting courtside with Jay-Z and Beyoncé. They gamely smiled and waved on the jumbotron, but resisted further PDA.

Later, when they swept into the Metropolitan Museum for a black-tie fundraiser for their alma mater, St. Andrews, they were the picture of elegance and romance. And for more on Kate, check out Why Kate Middleton Is the Royal Family's "Secret Weapon" in 2020.

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Their balloon-filled afternoon with George and Charlotte in Canada (2016)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at a children's party for Military families at Government House in Victoria during the Royal Tour of Canada in 2016
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Taking young children to a kids' party can be a daunting and exhausting experience for most parents. But when William and Kate arrived at a children's garden party for military families during their royal tour of Canada in Sept. 2016 with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in tow, they looked as if they stepped into a fairy tale. The charming royals even dressed the part. While William and the children all wore coordinating shades of blue, Kate was the image of absolute perfection (and bravery) in an ivory knit dress.

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Their subtle PDA at Princess Eugenie's wedding (2018)

Kate puts hand on William's knee at Princess Eugenie's wedding in 2018
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Unlike Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are rarely seen getting physical in public. But at Princess Eugenie's wedding to Jack Brooksbank in Oct. 2018, the romantic spirit of the day clearly moved them. William and Kate were spotted holding hands while waiting for the ceremony to start. Kate even left her hand on William's knee while chatting with Harry. So sweet!

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Their annual date night at the BAFTAs (2019)

Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the EE British Academy Film Awards in London in 2019
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For a couple who have said their ideal evening involves take-out and binge-watching Homeland, William and Kate really know how to dress to impress for their annual appearances at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) in London. The duke (who serves as president of the organization) and duchess always look genuinely delighted to attend the star-studded ceremony and exude more glamour on the red carpet than any of the A-list attendees, as you can see here in Feb. 2019.

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Their arrival for Charlotte's first day of school (2019)

Kate Middleton and Prince William bring Princess Charlotte and Prince George for their first day of school at Thomas's Battersea in London in Sept. 2019
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School drop-off never looked so sweet and stylish. In Sept. 2019, William and Kate accompanied Princess Charlotte, who was joining her brother, Prince George, for her first day at Thomas's Battersea in London. All four held hands to help calm any first day jitters. Mum and Dad were all smiles as the foursome arrived at the posh private school. Kate wore a floral Michael Kors dress that matched the navy and red uniforms of the young royals, making for a picture-perfect— and adorable—moment.

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Their romantic moment in Bradford (2020)

Prince William gives Kate Middleton flowers in Bradford in Jan 2020
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During their first royal engagement of 2020, William and Kate headed to Bradford City Hall, where they met with students and local employers helping youngsters in the community get jobs. But in another rare public display of romance, the prince presented a well-wisher's small bouquet of white flowers to Kate as the crowd looked on, proving there's still plenty of love in their lives after nine years of marriage.

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Their show of support in Ireland (2020)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet local Galwegians after a visit to a traditional Irish pub in Galway city centre on the third day of their visit to the Republic of Ireland on Mar. 5 2020
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One can only imagine what must have been going through Prince William's mind earlier this year while on a royal tour of Ireland. As he and Kate were visiting the Emerald Isle in March, Harry and Meghan were in London embarking on their "farewell tour." After the contentious "Megxit" negotiations, which reportedly inflamed the tensions between the brothers, William seemed to relax in Ireland.

Throughout the tour, Will and Kate were particularly affectionate with each and were spotted with their arms around each other. The gesture was a touching reminder of the support Kate was said to have offered her husband during the most difficult chapter in the royal's life since the death of his mother, Princess Diana. And for more on the late people's princess, Here's the Truth Behind 17 Myths About Princess Diana.

Diane Clehane is a New York-based journalist and author of Imagining Diana and Diana: The Secrets of Her Style.

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