We look back at Prince William and Kate Middleton's relationship ups and downs

PRINCE William and Kate Middleton are something of a golden couple, but their relationship hasn't always been smooth sailing.

Here, we remember the ups and downs of the early years of this royal courtship.


WILLS already knows 19-year-old Kate, as they both studied art history at the University of St Andrews, before he swapped to geography.

But, as Kate models in a charity fashion show, this is the moment when he falls head over heels.

The graduates

BY now, the university sweethearts are besotted with one another and are more than happy to show it while surrounded by friends and family at their joint university graduation day.

Smitten kittens

THE Prince and his now-official girlfriend are snapped by the paparazzi as they head home from celebrity hangout Boujis in South Kensington, London.

As Kate gazes adoringly at William and he beams back at her, they seem to be completely in love.

Final furlong?

THINGS between the couple look strained as Kate, playing it safe in tweed, joins William at the Cheltenham Festival in Gloucestershire.

Sure enough, they split up just weeks later.

Going solo

WILLS is seen looking a little worse for wear (and enjoying the attention) on a night out with pals in Bournemouth. 

Officially single

KATE shows Wills exactly what he’s missing as she steps out on London’s New Bond Street looking drop-dead gorgeous

Back together

IT'S the first sign that Wills and Kate have patched up their differences (even if they aren’t sitting together), as they are seen with Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy at a concert at Wembley Stadium to mark the 10th anniversary of Diana’s death.

Put a ring on it

WILLIAM finally pops the question in Kenya, using his late mum’s engagement ring.

They announce the happy news with an official portrait photo, taken at St James’s Palace, in November 2010. And the rest is history…

Photography: BNPS, Capital Pictures, Getty Images, Matrix Pictures, PA/Copyright 2010 Mario Testino, Shutterstock Editorial

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