Kate Middleton's life in pictures

We look at pictures of Kate Middleton over the years - from her childhood to becoming a princess...

Kate Middleton: 1985

We look at pictures of Kate Middleton over the years - from her childhood to becoming a princess...

Well this is a first for Kate!

During a visit to Wimbledon in July 2016, Serena Williams posted an adorable video of herself and Kate on Snapchat, exclaiming 'I'm with royalty!' Whilst the Duchess looks a little confused at the concept at first, she soon gets the hang of it, sharing a big smile for the camera.

Both William and Kate are known to be avid tennis fans, but Kate also revealed to former British number one Greg Rusedski that George is already following in their footsteps, and has taken up the sport at the age of just 2.

'She talked about George, her little boy, playing tennis,' Greg said. 'He's got a racket and he enjoys playing tennis, and obviously she plays with William, so they obviously enjoy the sport very much.'

Click through to see Kate's life in pictures, from 1985 to today... (opens in new tab)

Kate Middleton: 1985

Life has changed a lot for Kate Middleton over the last few years. The once normal girl has been transformed into a princess (well, Duchess) and become the nation's sweetheart.

Kate was just a normal university student when she met Prince William and her life turned upside down. She has weathered a very public break-up, a royal wedding and and gave us an adorable Prince and Princess. One thing's for sure, Kate's emerged as an elegant young woman the public love!

And to think it all started with this adventurous 3-year-old little girl!

Kate Middleton: 1987

Young Kate Middleton

(Image credit: Rex)

Here's a snap of Kate taken from her family album at just 5 years old - cute!

Kate Middleton 2002: Charity fashion show

Kate Middleton: 2002

This pic of Kate Middleton modelling a see-through dress for a charity fashion show when she was a student has become famous. The dress has just sold at auction for £78,000 to an anonymous buyer.

See more pics of a younger Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton 2004: Game Fair at Blenheim Place

Kate Middleton: 2004

Kate Middleton looks happy while at the Game Fair at Blenheim Place. Her relationship with Prince William was in full swing and begun in 2003 while the pair were at university together.

Kate Middleton 2005: Graduation, St. Andrews University

Kate Middleton: 2005

Kate Middleton graduated from St. Andrews University in 2005 with a 2:1 in History of Art.

See more pics of a younger Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton 2005

Kate Middleton: 2005

Princesses make their own way to the gym too! Kate was pictured cycling to her local gym in a skimpy top and shorts in July 2005.

Kate Middleton 2005: taking the bus

Kate Middleton: 2005

This is one you never thought you'd see! Kate Middleton taking the bus? She boarded a red London bus in September 2005 to go to a job interview.

Kate Middleton 2006: Richard Branson party

Kate Middleton: 2006

Kate busts a few moves on the dance floor at Richard Branson's party in June 2006. But wait, that's not Wills she's dancing with! In fact it's his best mate, Guy Pelly.

Kate Middleton 2006: Sovereigns Parade

Kate Middleton: 2006

Kate Middleton looking every inch the lady in red at the Sovereigns Parade in December 2006.

Kate Middleton 2007: Rugby match

Kate Middleton: 2007

Princes Harry and William and Kate Middleton enjoy a day watching the rugby in February 2007. Harry seems to be bored though!

Kate Middleton 2007: Skiing in Switzerland

Kate Middleton: 2007

Kate and Wills take a skiing break together in Switzerland in March 2007. Shortly after this pic was taken, they were said to have broken up for a few months before getting back together.

See Kate and William's romance in pictures

Kate Middleton 2007: Cheltenham Festival

Kate Middleton: 2007

Kate Middleton looks excited watching the races at Cheltenham Festival. We're loving the beret too, Kate.

Kate Middleton 2007: Sisterhood Challenge rowing event

Kate Middleton: 2007

Kate trains for the Sisterhood Challenge rowing event on the River Thames in July 2007.

Kate Middleton 2008: Boxing charity event

Kate Middleton: 2008

Kate looks squeamish as she watches the boxing at a charity event with friends in June 2008.

Kate Middleton 2008: Prince William's birthday weekend

Kate Middleton: 2008

Kate and Wills look more in love as ever as they're pictured getting cosy in a tent for Prince William's birthday weekend in June 2008.

Kate and William's romance in pictures

Kate Middleton 2008: Charity roller disco

Kate Middleton: 2008

Disco diva Kate busts a few moves on the dance floor for a charity roller disco event. Check out her sparkly top and shorts!

Kate Middleton 2009: Charity party

Kate Middleton: 2009

Kate looks gorgeous in a grey dress by her favourite designer, Issa, at a charity party in London in September 2009.

Kate Middleton 2010: Engagement photos

Kate Middleton: 2010

After annoucing their engagement to the world, Kate poses with her Prince in December 2010 for their official engagement photos, taken by photographer Mario Testino.

Browse Kate and William's engagement photos

Kate Middleton 2011: Lifeboat naming ceremony

Kate Middleton: 2011

All eyes are on Kate Middleton as she prepares to become Prince William's bride. The couple went on their first official engagement together at a lifeboat naming ceremony in Wales in February 2011.

Kate Middleton 2011: Pancake tossing

Kate Middleton and Prince William toss pancakes in Northern Ireland

Kate gets used to life in the public eye as she joins Wills on another public engagement - pancake tossing in Northern Ireland. Kate impresses with her pancake tossing skills.

Kate Middleton 2011: Shopping for the wedding

Kate Middleton

Just days before the Royal Wedding, Kate is spotted picking up a few last minute bits on the high street.

Kate Middleton 2011: Day before wedding

Kate Middleton waves to the crowds the night before her wedding

(Image credit: Rex)

The day before the big day, a relaxed-looking Kate is spotted heading into the Goring Hotel with sister Pippa.

Kate Middleton 2011: Wedding Day


With the whole world watching, Kate emerged from her car to reveal her gorgeous Sarah Burton for McQueen wedding dress.

Kate Middleton 2011: The Royal Wedding parade

Kate and William

Kate emerges from the church as the Duchess of Cambridge and practices her regal wave in a carriage ride with Wills.

Kate Middleton 2011: The balcony kiss


The kiss! Breaking tradition Kate kisses her Prince not once but twice!

See all the pics from the Royal Wedding

Kate Middleton 2011: Meeting the Obamas

Kate Middleton

After a private honeymoon in the Seychelles, Kate makes a small official appearance in her new role as she meets US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. Her high street dress from Reiss is a major hit!

Kate Middleton 2011: Epsom Down races

Kate Middleton: 2011

Kate experiments with a new look at the Epsom Down races wearing a floating white dress from Reiss and a white blazer from Joseph. She teamed the outfit with an elegant gold hat and a small clutch bag from L.K Bennett.

Kate Middleton 2011: ARK gala

Kate Middleton: 2011

Kate dazzles in a shimmering, floor-length dress by Jenny Packham at the ARK gala at Kensington Palace, her first official public engagement since the Royal Wedding.

Kate and Middleton 2011: Absolute Return for Kids charity gala

Kate Middleton: 2011

Newlyweds William and Catherine attend the 10th annual Absolute Return for Kids charity gala. Prince William made a speech at the do, announcing that his wife has joined his and Prince Harry's charity foundation.

Kate Middleton 2011: Trooping the Colour ceremony

Kate Middleton: 2011

Kate attends her first Trooping the Colour ceremony as a Royal in June 2011 sitting next to the Duchess of Cornwall. She looked lovely in a white suit and black hat.

Kate Middleton 2011: Friend's wedding

Kate Middleton: 2011

Later that day Kate attended a friend's wedding with her sister Pippa, and wore the same hat she wore that morning!

Kate Middleton 2011: Order of the Garter service

Kate Middleton: 2011

The Duchess of Cambridge shows off a new hat by designer Philip Treacy at the service for the Order of the Garter at St. George's Chapel in Windsor.

Kate Middleton 2011: Garter Knights parade

Kate Middleton: 2011

...it looks like Prince William wants in on the hat competition as he outdid Kate with the headpiece he wore to take part in the Garter Knights parade.

Kate Middleton 2011: Military ceremony

Kate Middleton

Kate is a hit at her first military ceremony as a member of the Royal family. She confidently chatted with servicemen and children while William prepared for his speech.

Kate Middleton 2011: Irish Guards ceremony

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate shows her maternal side as she chats to a young girl at the Irish Guards ceremony while William watches on.

Kate Middleton and Prince William 2011: Wimbledon

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Tennis fan Kate managed to squeeze in a spot of tennis before her and William's tour of Canada began. The pair watched Murray from the Royal box at Wimbledon.

Kate Middleton 2011: Tour of Canada

Kate Middleton in Canada

Kate meets an aborable young fan whilst on her tour around Canada with new husband William.

Kate Middleton 2011: Zara Phillips and Mike Tyndall wedding

Kate Middleton at Zara's wedding

(Image credit: Rex Features)

The second Royal wedding of the year must have been much more relaxing for Kate. Here she is looking lovely in a cream coat and hat at the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tyndall.

Kate Middleton and Diana

Kate Middleton and Diana

(Image credit: Rex Features)

On her second royal engagement, Kate, along with William, officially opened a new children's unit at The Royal Marsden Hospital. The choice of hospital was fitting for the royal couple as during her years of charity work, Princess Diana visited the hospital on a number of occasions.

Kate Middleton 2011: Remembrance Sunday ceremony

Kate Middleton

The Duchess of Cambridge attends her first Remembrance Sunday ceremony as a royal and makes a fashion statement even in sombre black, wearing a chic coat and a striking hat.

Kate Middleton 2011: Prince's Trust Concert

Kate Middleton and Gary Barlow

Kate and William were surprise guests at the Prince's Trust Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Gary Barlow. A lover of the high street, Kate wore a Zara dress which soon sold out nationwide.

Kate Middleton 2011: The Sun's Military Awards

Kate Middleton Military Awards

Dazzling in black velvet, Kate wowed at The Sun's Military Awards, where she also presented an award with William.

Kate Middleton 2011: Centrepoint