Today (April 29, 2011) witnesses the 21st century’s royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton that takes place at Westminster Abbey in front of thousands of their family members and guests. It is the happy ending for the couple after their nine-year romance’s ups and downs.
Prince William and his fiancée first met at the University of St. Andrew, where they studied art history, in September 2001. Though the couple was rumored more than just friends during fall 2003, they publicized their relationship one year later on the ski slopes in Klosters.
Prince William popped the question to Kate with his mother’s 18-carat sapphire ring in a Kenya’s lodge on their vacation in November 2010.
Fall 2001: Kate and William first met at St. Andrew's College in Scotland
March 2004: William and Kate were posed on the ski slopes in Klosters together
January 2006: William was photographed kissing Kate for the first time at the Klosters
December 2006: Kate attended William's graduation as an Army officer at Sandhurst
April 14, 2007: The couple was confirmed to have split up
Late 2007: Despite being seen kissing again and rumored to come back, they said they were just good friends
April 11, 2008: Britain’s Prince William smiled as he walked with his girlfriend Kate Middleton at RAF Cranwell, central England
June 16, 2008: Kate watched William be inaugurated into the Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle
Summer 2008: Prince William and Kate Middleton arrived at a charity party hosted by Boodles
On 26th birthday: Prince William celebrated his 26th birthday by taking a picnic with Kate, his younger brother, Prince Harry, and his friends
October 2010: Prince William popped the question to Kate with his mother's 18-carat sapphire ring on their vacation in a lodge in Kenya
November 16, 2010: Clarence House officially announced the couple's engagement
April 29, 2011: Prince William and Kate Middleton walks down the aisle at Westminster Abbey