The pair fell in love after meeting in college and "have essentially grown up together."
Ten years have passed since millions across the world turned on their televisions to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot with a ceremony that was reminiscent of the fairytale wedding his parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, had in 1981. As Kate Middleton and Prince William celebrate their 10th anniversary since their wedding day, the royal couple shared two new pictures of them looking happier than ever as they posed together ahead of their special day.
After meeting each other for the first time at their university in 2001, the two eventually started living with each other as roommates before their relationship progressed. "We moved in together as friends because we were living together, we lived with a couple of others as well, and it just sort of blossomed from there really," Prince William said in their engagement interview, as quoted by Town & Country.
The two began dating in 2003, but they decided to break up with each other in the year 2007. However, it was only a matter of time before the two got back together, and that is when they made a secret pact to marry each other. During a trip to the island of Desroches, in the Seychelles, they promised each other that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, according to royal expert, Katie Nicholl, who wrote about their secret pact in the book, Kate: The Future Queen.
"There on the paradise island, William promised Kate that he was in the relationship for the long term," Nicholl wrote, as quoted by The Sun. "For the very first time, they talked seriously about marriage, and with the ocean before them and beneath the night sky, they made a pact to marry." Both Prince William and Kate Middleton also spoke about their brief breakup in the past, and the former said: "We were both very young. We were both defining ourselves as such and being different characters. It was very much trying to find our way and we were growing up, it was just a bit of space – things worked out for the better."
"I think I... at the time wasn't very happy about it," added Kate Middleton, "but actually it made me a stronger person." On April 29, 2011, Kate Middleton walked down the aisle in front of 1,900 guests at Westminster Abbey and millions of other viewers watching from across the globe, and she tied the knot with the second in line to the British throne. Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are parents to their three wonderful children, Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, soon-to-be-6, and Prince Louis, 3, according to USA TODAY.
"Family is at the heart of everything William and Kate do," said HELLO!'s Online Royal Correspondent Danielle Stacey. "...William and Kate have essentially grown up together, having met at university, navigated their way through their twenties, marriage, parenthood and the responsibility that comes with being a future King and Queen Consort."
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