Theirs is a storybook romance — but the course of love did not always run smoothly for Prince William and Kate Middleton. In this excerpt, the young prince faces a hard decision as separation strains his and Kate's relationship. William had plenty on his mind: His brother had been told in late February that he had gotten his wish to fight. Despite heightened concerns that he would be targeted by terrorists, Harry received his orders to ship out for Iraq with the rest of the Household Cavalry Regiment's A Squadron in May.
Frustrated in the knowledge that his combat training was probably just a futile exercise, William nonetheless arrived in Dorset on March 16 to begin a ten-week course in tank warfare. Kate, waging a public relations war of her own, plowed ahead on her own. Just one year earlier at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Kate was asked at the last minute by Prince Charles and Camilla to join them in the royal box — a huge step toward establishing her as a probable royal bride.
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Rather than just show up and hope to be invited, this year Kate wrangled a formal invitation. Once she arrived wearing a jaunty beret and an eye-catching periwinkle blue jacket, Kate was escorted by royal protection officers directly to the box. The next day's papers were filled with photos of Kate cheering for the horses she bet on to win, and jumping up and waving her arms when they did. However convincing her performance, Kate realized she and Wills — now immersed in the world of hotheaded young officers training for battle — were growing further and further apart.
Just how far started to become apparent on March 22 — Second Lieutenant Wales's first night on the town with the rest of the hard-drinking men known throughout the British army as the "Booze and the Royals. But there were lots of girls hanging around him. Soon, he had Ferreira on one side and her friend Cecilia on the other, posing for pictures. With his right hand, a grinning Wills reached down and grasped Ferreira's breast — an image that ultimately made its way into the papers.
I thought it couldn't be the future king, but now that I've seen the picture, it's no wonder he's got a smile on his face! He has big, manly hands and certainly knows what to do with them. Related Story: William and Kate to get pre-marital counseling. Later that same evening, Wills was "a little naughty" yet again — this time with a six-foot-tall, blond, nineteen-year-old performing arts student named Lisa Agar.
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When she balked, the prince pressed her. Come on. In the process, they became the most written about, gossiped about, admired, and envied young couple of their generation. Yet for most of their nearly decade-long affair, William and Kate have remained famously quiet and kept their royal relationship a tantalizing mystery. Part glittering fairy tale, part searing family drama, part political potboiler, part heart-stopping cliff-hanger, theirs is, above all else, an affair to remember.
Theirs is the story of private moments stolen for public consumption, of harrowing car chases, of scorching personal dramas played out behind the scenes, of calm heads prevailing in times of panic, and of a singular devotion made stronger by time. The saga of William and Kate is one thing above all else: a love story. Christopher Andersen is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen New York Times bestsellers, which have been translated into more than twenty-five languages worldwide.
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Royal officials announced the impending arrival of a royal baby in early December , but the news coincided with Kate's hospitalization for extreme morning sickness. Well-wishers were able to really celebrate the occasion once she left the hospital, aglow with excitement. The summer of was big for William, Kate, and England. The London Olympics kicked off a month after the Queen's jubilee celebrations. And in case anyone thought that William and Kate looked a bit stiff posing in official photos, this unbelievably cute, candid snapshot from the Olympics surely changed that.
They looked like eternal college sweethearts hugging during an event. Along with the rest of the royal family, Kate participated in Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, which marked the 60th year of her rule. The duke and duchess seemed to have a blast during the festivities—attending a concert, going for a ride down the Thames river, and enjoying this carriage ride through London.
Kate looked thrilled to be a part of her new family's grand traditions, especially by her husband's side. Just after her 30th birthday, the duke and duchess introduced the world to the first addition to their little family—a four-month-old black cocker spaniel named Lupo. William reportedly gave the pup to Kate as a Christmas gift, and he soon joined his parents at polo matches and strolls.
Though they already celebrated their marriage with an exotic honeymoon, the duke and duchess got another festive post-wedding trip with their official North America tour. The newlyweds traveled all over Canada and the U. Kate wore a lilac chiffon Alexander McQueen gown to complement her dashing husband. The royals looked like movie stars, and it's a look we still love for them.
The biggest milestone of all! This photo, taken during their now-iconic double kiss on the Buckingham Palace balcony, perfectly illuminates the joy of the Royal Wedding day, April The newly-minted Duke and Duchess of Cambridge radiated with happiness as they said I do in Westminster Abbey, and the memorable moments—Kate's Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress, Pippa's bridesmaid dress, Prince Harry's mischievous grin, those cute flower girls—rolled in. On November 16, , Kate and Will brought years of speculation to an end by announcing their engagement.
Kate stunned in her blue Issa wrap dress and Princess Diana's diamond-and-sapphire engagement ring during their announcement, but this snuggly portrait really captures their love. William had popped the question to his girlfriend while the couple vacationed in Kenya the month prior.
Here, she stands by his side at the ceremony, a very public display of togetherness.
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It's no wonder that this gleeful picture sparked a fresh round of engagement rumors! Love stories always have a few bumps in the road, and this couple knows that well. After nearly five years together, the two called it quits in April At the time, sources cited Kate's discomfort with media attention as the cause of the breakup. But after a few months apart, the royal twosome rekindled their romance, with Kate attending William and Harry's Concert for Diana that July.
However, this snapshot of their March ski trip to Klosters, Switzerland, proved that their relationship was back on track. That December, he was commissioned as an army officer in front of the Queen and joined the Household Cavalry as a second lieutenant. Kate attended the event and brought her father, Michael; it marked the first time she was a guest of her boyfriend at an official royal engagement with the Queen present. Though now we're more than used to seeing her at royal events, this was a historic moment for the common-born princess.
Though the story of how Kate Middleton met Prince William is now royal folklore, it bears repeating: The art history majors met while living in St. Salvator's Hall at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Fast forward four years, and the best friends and roommates posed for this cozy portrait on graduation day. Though they had been dating since roughly , this picture is one of the first public photos of the college sweethearts—they had a privacy agreement with the press during their school years. This big moment was the first spark that became the royal couple flame.
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