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...

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

Kate Middleton and William

On a visit with her husband to the charity Centrepoint, Kate watches William throw some shapes!

Kate Middleton 2011: Football match

Kate Middleton and Prince Harry

Snap! Kate and Harry turn up to watch William play in a football match in matching wellies.

Kate Middleton 2011: Christmas Day service

Kate Middleton Christmas Day Memorial

Kate spends her first Christmas as the Duchess of Cambridge, greeting well-wishers at the Christmas Day service at Sandringham along with other members of the Royal Family. We love the matching burgundy coat and hat.

Kate Middleton 2012: War Horse premiere

Kate Middleton

Kate attends the War Horse premiere in London's Leicester Square in January 2012 with William by her side. He even held an umbrella over her head so the rain wouldn't ruin her hair!

Kate Middleton 2012: film premiere

Kate Middleton

Kate looked stunning in a long, lace Temperley dress at the War Horse premiere, held the day before her 30th. Happy birthday Kate!

Kate Middleton 2012: Lucien Freud Portraits exhibition

Kate Middleton

Kate makes her first official public appearance without William as she attends the opening of The Lucien Freud Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery - for which she is a patron.

Kate Middleton 2012: The Brink, Liverpool

Kate Middleton Valentines Day

Spending her first Valentine's Day as a married woman apart from William, Kate keeps herself busy by visiting alcohol-free bar The Brink in Liverpool. Kate is a patron of Action on Addiction which is behind the project.

Kate Middleton 2012: Valentine's Day

Kate Middleton cupcake

Kate's got an admirer! Schoolboy Jaqson Johnstone-Lynch joined the crowds in Liverpool to give Kate flowers and a romantic cupcake as a Valentine's present. Check out our 135 easy cupcake recipes

Kate Middleton 2012: Rose Hill Primary School

Kate Middleton

As patron of charity The Art Room, Kate visited Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford to learn how children use art to help with behaviour issues. The Duchess looked stunning in a brown dove-print Orla Kiely dress with brown tights and boots.

Kate Middleton 2012:Fortnum and Masons

Kate Middleton, The Queen and Camilla

Kate Middleton, Camilla and The Queen had a girly day out when they made an official visit to Fortnum and Masons in London.

Kate Middleton 2012: St David's Day

Kate Middleton, coat, Fortnum and Masons

Kate, dressed in a light blue coat with a daffodil pin to acknowledge St David's Day, looked happy to be out with her new family.

Kate Middleton

Kate teamed up with father-in-law Prince Charles to attend an event in support of The Prince's Foundation for Children and The Arts at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.

Kate Middleton 2012: The Prince's Foundation for Children and The Arts

Kate Middleton

Kate looked elegant in an understated grey dress by designer Orla Kiely at the Dulwich Picture Gallery event.

Kate Middleton 2012: St Patrick's Day parade

Kate Middleton

Kate wore traditional green for a St Patrick's Day parade in Aldershot, Hants. The Duchess's knee-length belted coat dress is by designer Emilia Wickstead and she teamed it with a pair of black heels and a stylish brown felt hat.

Kate Middleton 2012: 1st Battalion Irish Guards

Kate Middleton

At the event Kate presented shamrocks to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards and also gave the regiment's mascot, Conmeal the Irish Wolfhound, a shamrock for his collar.

Kate Middleton 2012: Madame Tussauds waxworks

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate Middleton and Prince William have been immortalised as waxworks by Madame Tussauds. The waxwork pair were moulded on the happy couple as they announced their engagement - we think they look pretty good!

Kate Middleton 2012: African Cats premiere

Kate Middleton Prince William

As their first wedding anniversary approaches, William and Kate attend the premiere of film African Cats. We love how gentlemanly Wills holds the umbrella for Kate - she definitely can't get that super-stylish Matthew Williamson dress wet!

Kate Middleton 2012: Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race celebration

Kate Middleton and Prince William

It's no rest for Kate and Wills after their night out at the cinema. As patrons of The Royal British Legion the couple attended a reception to celebrate the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole. We love Kate's sensible tweed ensemble!

Kate Middleton 2012: The Thirty Club

Kate Middleton

To support William as he made a speech at a dinner hosted by The Thirty Club, Kate opted for a sleek white gown by Roland Mouret. A daring side split and eye-catching sparkling Jimmy Choos - we're loving this more risqué side of Kate!

Kate Middleton 2012: Our Great Team Rises Olympics event

Kate Middleton

Kate wowed in a teal Jenny Peckham gown at the Our Great Team Rises Olympics event and pulled out all the stops for her red carpet appearance. She teamed the dress with a pair of Jimmy Choo heels and wore her hair in an elegant updo.

Kate Middleton 2012: Jenny Packham gown

Kate Middleton

Check out the back of Kate's dress! The usually reserved Kate flashed a bit of flesh with the intricate lace design of her Jenny Packham gown.

Kate Middleton 2012: Audi Polo Challenge

Kate Middleton and friend

Kate showed off some spring style while watching hubby William play polo at Cowarth Park for the Audi Polo Challenge. The Duchess wore a vintage-style shirt dress by Libelula with a pair of nude wedges - the perfect polo-chic look.

Kate Middleton 2012: Sovereign Monarchs Jubilee lunch

Kate Middleton

Aww, isn't this a lovely picture? Kate joined hubby William at the Sovereign Monarchs Jubilee lunch at Windsor Castle where she met dignitaries from Norway, Belgium, Kuwait and many other countries. We're loving the simple elegance of her pink knee-length dress.

Kate Middleton 2012: Queen's Jubilee garden party

Kate Middleton

Kate makes up for spending £1,200 on a dress by wearing it twice. After wearing the pink Emilia Wickstead at a royal engagement just a week before, Kate wore it again at a garden party to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee - at least she's getting her money's worth!

Kate Middleton 2012: Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

A big day for Kate! The Duchess was asked to join her husband on the Royal barge during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Kate dressed in a striking red gown for the occasion and was seen waving to the crowds alongside the Queen.

Kate Middleton 2012: Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Looking classy in a pale Alexander McQueen outfit, Kate Middleton stuck by Prince William's side as they attended a lunch at Westminster Hall as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Kate Middleton 2012: Emily McCorquodale and James Hutt wedding

Kate Middleton

Another wedding for Kate and Wills. The pair joined Prince Harry at the nuptials of the Prince's cousin Emily McCorquodale and James Hutt. Kate opted for another classy pale ensemble - with her trusty LK Bennett heels, of course!

Kate Middleton 2012: Diamond Jubilee tour, Nottingham

Kate Middleton

Kate joined the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee tour in Nottingham. She once again opted for her sophisticated blue dress coat, this time opting for a matching navy clutch bag and hat.

Kate Middleton 2012: Trooping the Colour

Kate Middleton

Kate can't stop smiling at the Trooping the Colour as she rides in a carriage on her way to Buckingham Palace with the other royals. Must bring back memories of her wedding day! Kate looked stunning in her grey Erdem dress and Jane Corbett hat.

Kate Middleton 2012: Beaufort Polo Club

Kate Middleton

Is Kate getting broody? The Duchess played with her dog Lupo and baby Savannah Phillips at the Beaufort Polo Club, while husband Will played polo with brother Harry.

Kate Middleton 2012: Expanding Horizons Primary school camp

Kate Middleton

Kate goes camping! The Duchess joined the Expanding Horizons Primary school camp at Margaret McMillan House in Kent. Kate even helped make a fire and set up a tent!

Kate Middleton 2012: Order of the Garter

Kate Middleton: 2012

Kate enjoyed a good chin-wag with Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the service for the Order of the Garter in Windsor in June. Kate looked stunning in her white suit dress and stylish hat.

Kate Middleton 2012: Wimbledon

Kate Middleton: 2012

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Kate and Will surprised the crowds at Wimbledon by turning up to watch Andy Murray play. We love the tennis-themed attire Kate, but haven't we seen that outfit before?

Kate Middleton 2012: Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Scotland

Kate Middleton 2012

Once again Kate steels the show with her dainty hat and primrose yellow dress combo. Joined by the royal family Kate celebrated the fourth day of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Scotland at the Thistle Ceremony in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh.

Kate Middleton 2012: Road to 2012: Aiming High exhibition

Kate Middleton 2012

Dressed in bright royal blue with an Olympic ring themed necklace, Kate visited the 'Road to 2012: Aiming High' exhibition for the London 2012 Games.

Kate Middleton 2012: Olympic torch

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate looked very excited as she and hubby William were given a rare, up-close look at the Olympic torch as it made its way through London past Buckingham Palace. She's so lucky!

Kate Middleton 2012: Royal Academy of Arts reception

Kate Middleton: 2012

Kate looked sophisticated in a sliver frock and elegant chignon hairstyle at a cocktail reception at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Getting comfortable in her role, the Duchess attended the event without hubby William and was greeted by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Kate Middleton 2012: Olympic cycling

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William

We just love this pic of Kate and Wills. The couple celebrated the Team GB success in the Velodrome by giving a very rare disply of public affection. The pair hugged and cheered together - how cute!

Kate Middleton 2012: Olympic tennis

Kate and Will - Mexican wave

Kate looks like she's having fun joining in on the Mexican wave fun at the Olympics with Wills. The pair were watching the tennis and cheering on Andy Murray.

Kate Middleton 2012: Olympic swimming

Kate Middleton

Kate cheered on Team GB's swimmers at the Olympics in a red blazer and skinny jeans. She looked delighted at watching the event - while William looked a little nervous! Uunfortunately Kate's outfit didn't get a gold for Rebecca Adlington, but she still picked up a bronze medal.

Kate Middleton 2012: Olympic sailing

Kate Middleton

Kate took to the sea to watch the Olympic sailing in Weymouth. The Duchess was without William but armed with a pair of binoculars and accompanied by Will's aunt Princess Anne and her hubby Sir Timothy Laurence on the boat.

Don't you just love seeing Kate looking casual?

Kate Middleton 2012: Thierry Kelaart and Patrick Heathcoat-Amory wedding

Kate and Pippa 2012

Kate and Pippa both looked stunning at the wedding of their friends, Thierry Kelaart and Patrick Heathcoat-Amory at St Bartholomew's Church in Oxfordshire. We just love Kate's elegant blue dress and Pippa's beige ensemble.

Kate Middleton 2012: Football Association site opening

Kate Middleton: 2012

The Royal couple attended the Football Association's £105 million St George's Park site near Birmingham to officially open the new national football centre. We think Kate looks very smart in her knee-length jacket and clutch bag - very nice.

Where to next?

Kate Middleton 2012: King Edward VII Hospital

William and Kate

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After announcing she was expecting her first baby, Kate Middleton spent a couple of days in the King Edward VII Hospital suffering with acute morning sickness. Emerging fresh-faced after her stay, Kate accepted flowers from well-wishers.

Kate Middleton 2012: Sports Personality of the Year Awards

Kate Middleton and David Beckham

We were glad to see Kate Middleton fit and well enough to present the Sports Personality of the Year Award to Bradley Wiggins at the London Excel after suffering acute morning sickness. We were rather jealous as she got to stand next to the one and only David Beckham on stage - lucky lady!

Kate Middleton 2013: First official portrait

Kate Middleton's life in picturee

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Kate now has an official portrait of her hanging in the National Portrait Gallery. Kate was involved in the selection process for who would paint her first portrait, from which artist Paul Emsley, who won the gallery's 2007 BP Portrait Award, was eventually chosen to paint her. What do you think of it?

Kate Middleton 2013: National Fishing Heritage Centre

Kate Middleton

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Is that a baby bump we can finally see? Fashionably late for the National Fishing Heritage Centre visit due to the thick fog, the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was glowing with happiness as the public chanted her name and gave her gifts of flowers and a cute teddy bear for the baby - aw!

Kate Middleton 2013: The Cheltenham Festival

Kate Middleton and Prince William

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We love this photo of Kate and Wills at The Cheltenham Festival in Gloustershire. They were both grinning as they watched the horse racing, and judging by the expression on their faces, their horse came in!

Kate Middleton 2013: Christening a ship

Kate Middleton

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Pregnant Kate looked absolutely stunning when she christened a new luxury cruise liner in Southampton. This was the Duchess's last official solo engagement before her maternity leave. The ship was suitable named, the Royal Princess.

Kate Middleton 2013: A royal heir!

Kate Middleton and Prince William with their newborn baby son

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After what seemed like the longest 9 months ever, we finally got our first glimpse of the adorable royal baby.

Kate gave birth to a boy at 4:24pm on the 22 July 2013, and the whole world celebrated the birth of the couple's first child.

And don't they look happy? Kate and Wills looked so proud of their new little family member.

Kate Middleton 2013: Gala Dinner for the Tusk Foundation

Kate Middleton

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Kate dazzled in a floor length Jenny Packham dress, at a gala dinner for the Tusk Foundation on the 12th of September 2013.

The Duchess's hair was restored to former glory and fell in glossy waves around her shoulders, and doesn't Wills look dapper?!

It's just a month and a half since Prince George made his way into the world, but you wouldn't know it from looking at the glowing couple, who are showing no signs of sleepless nights and countless nappy changes.

Kate Middleton 2013: Volleyball at SportsAid

Kate volleyball

Kate was looking fabulous at her first solo public appearance since the birth of Prince George.

We don't know about you but we'd do anything for a flat tummy like hers - especially less than 3 months after giving birth!

Now, all we need is her and Wills to bring George out for us to see again - we can't wait for our next glimpse of the gorgeous little one!

VIP event at the National Portrait Gallery

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Kate once again looked stunning when she attended her first royal appointment this year.

She wore a beautiful navy blue floor-length dress by designer Jenny Packham to the VIP event at the National Portrait Gallery and accessorised the outfit with one of the Queen's necklaces.

The Cartier necklace was given to the Queen to mark her marriage to Prince Phillip in 1947 and has been worn by Elizabeth throughout her life.

Kate Middleton 2014: America's Cup launch at the Royal Maritime Museum

Kate Middleton

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Kate has stepped out for her first solo appearance since the royal couple's tour of Australia and New Zealand to launch Britain's bid for glory in the America's Cup (a two-yacht race that Britain hopes to win for the first time by 2017), at the Royal Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Wearing a beautiful cream and navy shift dress, that's now in the sale for £99 from one of Kate's favourite high street stores Jaeger, the Duchess looked radiant during her visit after arriving to find a cheering crowd waving Union flags waiting for her.

Kate Middleton, June 2014: North London school visit

Kate Middleton, June 2014: North London school visit

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Ahhh doesn't Kate Middleton look lovely on her visit to the Blessed Sacrament School in north London yesterday.

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Islington to see the impact of the M-PACT Plus project that she and comedian John Bishop launched in Manchester last year to help families affected by addition.  

It helps to provide support for schoolchildren affected by the misuse of drug or alcohol in their family.

The stunning red dress is made by Goat and sadly it's out of our budget, with a price tag of £308. We're loving the new half-up do' though Kate!

Kate Middleton 2014: Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Kate Middleton and Prince William at the Commonwealth Games 2014

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We love this picture of Kate and William sharing a funny moment while watching the swimming at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on 28 July.

William gave Kate's lanyard a tug and Kate looked like it caught her rather off-guard!

Oh and kudos to the lady sitting in front, who unknowingly seems to have photobombed this now-famous picture!

Kate Middleton August 2014: First World War cetenary, Belgium

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Kate and William commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One by attending a memorial ceremony at the Saint-Laurent Abbey in Belgium. 

William looks dashing as ever in his smart suit and Kate opts for a classic, cream outfit complete with fetching hat for their Royal duties. 

Kate Middleton June 2015: Wimbledon

Kate and William at Wimbledon 2015

Kate Middleton and Prince William made a royal appearance at Wimbledon on 8 July 2015, and we're sure the parents, who had just welcomed their second child two months before, enjoyed a day off from their parental duties to watch a spot of tennis.

Kate and Wills are regulars at Wimbledon, with both of them being big sporting fans in general.

The Duchess, who was last pictured just days before this at Princess Charlotte's christening service, was looking incredible in a scarlett red dress from LK Bennet. Can you believe she only gave birth two months before this?

According to a source, the Duchess hired a 'discreet' personal trainer during her pregnancy to get her back to her pre-baby fitness. Although we reckon those Middleton women have got pretty good genes when it comes to their slender physiques!

Kate Middleton July 2015

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Even duchesses have to go out in the rain, you know! Handy then, that they have one of those faithful servants to follow them around with an umbrella, why don't we have one of those?

Kate's latest outing was a little drizzly, but the mum-of-two didn't let that dampen her spirits. Attending the America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth with her husband, Kate and Wills watched as Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie's take to the water was beaten back by the stormy weather. The couple looked relaxed and comfortable in their matching sporting tops, which had 'The Duke of Cambridge' and 'The Duchess of Cambridge' emblazoned on the back.

Little Freddie Wilson and his mum Wendy Maxwell chatted to Kate as she made her way down the lines of well-wishers. When Kate asked how old Freddie was he replied, 'I'm three.' Wendy told reporters that when she told Kate, 'He is only 2,' Kate replied, 'George says that. He thinks that he's older.'

Speaking to a sleepy little boy in the crowd, also named George, she asked him if he liked Peppa Pig, and added that she hoped Charlotte would be doing lots of sleeping like him, too!

From Kate as an adventurous 3-year-old to all the pics from her fairytale wedding and dazzling red carpet appearances, click through to see the Duchess's transformation over the years...

Kate Middleton September 2015

Kate Middleton

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Kate's made her first solo engagement since the birth of Princess Charlotte, and doesn't she look incredible?

The Duchess was keen to show off her brand new hairstyle - a soft fringe cut in around her face - and her hair was blow dried to perfection for the occasion. The mum of two was visiting the Anna Freud Centre to support the centre's work on promoting mental health in children - a cause close to her heart.

Kate Middleton September 2015

Kate Middleton

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The Duchess looked stunning in a floaty houndstooth number, which she teamed with simple black court shoes.

It's Kate's first official appearance since she became a mother for the second time back in May. Kate Middleton has been keeping a low profile in the meantime, and it's thought that she's been at her and Prince William's country retreat Anmer Hall while adjusting to life as a mother-of-two.

Kate, you look fantastic!

Kate Middleton and Prince William: October 2015

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate and Wills were pictured out and about at the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony in Twickenham this weekend, and the Duchess was all smiles in a vibrant bright blue coat from high street favourite Reiss.

The pair, who welcomed their second child Charlotte at the beginning of May, were spotted laughing and clapping as they supported Prince Harry, who gave a speech to the 82,000-strong crowd at the event.

'This evening marks the beginning of a celebration of rugby that I hope will inspire current players and new generation,' he said. 'There will be moments that will live with us for rest of our lives.'

'To all the players, we wish you well for the tournament. Your individual skill is to be celebrated and I can think of no other sport in which the success of the team is shouldered so equally by everyone.'The appearance was one of Kate's first appearances since her maternity leave ended. Doesn't being a mum-of-two suit her?

Click through to see how Kate has changed over the years...

Kate Middleton and Prince William: October 2015

Kate Middleton and Prince William

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We love this comparison picture which shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge both on and off-duty all in one day.

The royal couple spent their morning on an official visit to Harrow College in London where they met young people who are overcoming mental health problems and now volunteering in an anti-stigma campaign to help others in similar situations.

Kate and William have both long been supporters of charities that help young people with mental health problems such as depression.

Later in the day however, they were able to indulge in a spot of sport when they attended the Australia v Wales Rugby World Cup match at Twickenham Stadium, where Kate was seen really getting into the spirit of the game!

Kate Middleton at her first state banquet: October 2015

Kate Middleton at her first state banquet

Kate, seen here raising a toast with guest of honour Chinese President Xi Jinping, looked ravishing in red at her first state banquet in October 2015.

The Duchess attended the white-tie occasion, which was hosted by the Queen and Prince Phillip at Buckingham Palace, in a full length, scarlet Jenny Packham gown with capped sleeves.

She accessorised with drop diamond earrings, a diamond bracelet, and the intricate 'Papyrus' tiara, also known as the Lotus Flower; an item of jewellery once owned by the Queen Mother. This was only Kate's third time wearing a diamond tiara - the first was at her wedding in 2011, where she wore the Cartier 'Halo' design, and the second was at a reception for diplomats in 2013.

Kate and William were both seated at the top table at the event, but notably not together - she was seated in the most prominent position for a female member of the royal family after the Queen, and looked every inch her important part!

William and Kate at Imperial College London: October 2015

WIlliam and Kate at Imperial College London

Just hours after attending her first state banquet, Kate looked elegant and fresh-faced as she greeted Chinese president Xi Jinping and his wife on the second day of their state visit to Britain.

Wearing a plum lace dress by Dolce and Gabanna, the 33 year old waited with her husband on the steps of Imperial College London to attend a cultural event at the university with the president and his wife.

In a change from the previous evening's updo, she wore her hair in long curls, styled with her new statement fringe, which she had cut in in September. William, meanwhile, co-ordinated with her dress with a matching purple tie.

The couple have been entertaining president Jinping and his family during their visit, which experts hope will secure £30 billion of trade deals, including huge investments in infrastructure projects. No pressure, then, Kate!

Kate Middleton at Shaun The Sheep BAFTA Premiere: 26 October 2015

Kate Middleton at Shaun The Sheep BAFTA Premiere: 26 October 2015

With two small children in the house we should have guessed that Kate would be a big fan of Shaun The Sheep!

The Duchess attended the BAFTA film premiere with her husband and her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, on Monday morning.

Whilst they were at the BAFTA event, they also took part in a traditional British farming game of 'welly-wanging' but sadly for Kate her shot fell well short of the target! Luckily, sportsman Harry made up for her performance.

As always Kate was a huge hit with the children at the event.

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Kate Middleton Islington Town Hall: 27 October

Kate Middleton Islington Town Hall; 27 October

We are beginning to wonder if Kate will get a moment to put her feet up?

With two children at home and an increasingly busy social schedule, Kate has continued her hectic week of royal engagements, which included a state banquet with the Chinese president, a trip to Dundee and the Shaun The Sheep premiere, with a visit to Islington Town Hall.

There she met with the charity Chance UK who work with children aged 5-11 that are at risk of developing anti-social behaviour or moving into a life of crime. By providing the youngsters with a weekly mentoring session with an adult volunteer, Chance UK hopes to turn their prospects around.

After a late night at the James Bond Spectre premiere, Kate and Wills were back on thier charity circuit to meet children and parents involved in the program.

The Duchess was wearing a dress from designer Orla Kiely.

Kate Middleton Action on Addiction, Wiltshire; 10 Dec 2015

Kate Middleton Action on Addiction, Wiltshire; 10 Dec 2015

Kate's visit to Action on Addiction came after a morning spent on the trading floor at the ICAP charity fundraiser.

Whilst William was keen to get his wife to stop embarrassing him by 'flirting' with other brokers it seems Kate's persusasive techniques paid off when she closed a lucrative deal.

Kensington Palace shared the moment Kate as so overcome with joy that she decided to break into dance with the other traders...oh Kate, will you be our best friend?

Kate Middleton at the 23rd ICAP annual Charity Day London: December 2015