It’s been almost 11 years since Kate became the Duchess of Cambridge, and since then, she’s settled into the position quite comfortably, effortlessly greeting well-wishers and fans wherever she goes.
Kate and Prince William met when they were just 19 and students at the University of St Andrews in 2001. By their second year there, they had fallen head over heels for each other. By 2008, the couple had been dating for five years, so it was no surprise that she was invited to Prince Charles’ 60th birthday party.
However, the Duke of Edinburgh’s royal butler Grant Harrold, told MyLondon he saw Kate at the event standing alone with no one attempting to talk to her. He said it was funny to think of now because today she would have people “mobbing” her.
He said: “There was a marquee and everything. I remember Kate was standing in the middle on her own. And nobody was talking to her or going near her because they didn’t know who she was or recognise her.
“I went over and chatted to her while we waited for Will to come in and it was quite sweet. But now – could you imagine Kate in the middle of a room and no one speaking to her? It just wouldn’t happen, she’d be mobbed.” Harrold went on to say the memory showed just “how much has changed” since the couple got engaged as now it would be very unlikely for Kate to be standing alone at a party.
After seven years of dating, William proposed to Kate on Safari in Kenya. The couple shared the happy news one month later in November 2010. On 29 April 2011, they married in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Harold spoke about the changes he’d noticed in Kate since his time working with her before she was a royal.
“There’s part of her that’s now very royal,” he said, “because obviously she’s a future Queen and she’s had to fit into that role.” “She was just great, she was down to earth, she was fun, with a wonderful sense of humour,” he continued.
Kate had to make a lot of sacrifices when she met married into the Royal Family – such as saying goodbye to impromptu supermarket visits or outings with friends.
But William made her a promise that the one thing she would never have to leave behind was her family – and he’s still keeping it to this day.
Carole and Michael Middleton continue to play a big part in Kate’s life and their grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis’ lives.