TIMELINE: Prince William’s 9-year courtship of Kate Middleton

From their university days to their engagement

by Josh Dehaas

September 2001: Prince William and Kate Middleton meet at St. Andrew’s University, where they’re both studying art history. William learns art isn’t his strength. Kate convinces him to stay in school after he “wobbles,” but he switches to geography.

February 2002: William reportedly pays £200 for a front row seat to a cheeky charity fashion show at which Kate walks the runway wearing little more than underwear.

September 2002: The pair moves into student housing together, along with two friends. Rumours of their relationship emerge, though Kate is still dating someone else.

June 2003: Rumours swirl that William is dating the heiress of wealthy family in Kenya, but it’s Kate who attends his 21st birthday party at Windsor Castle. Prince Charles tells the media that, to his knowledge, his son is single.

December 2003: Kate splits from her boyfriend.

March 2004: Pictures emerge of the couple skiing in Klosters, Switzerland. Close friends are no longer denying William and Kate are an item. Engagement rumours have started already, but the prince says he won’t marry until he’s “28, or maybe 30.”

April 2005: In what the media agrees is a royal snub, Kate isn’t invited to Prince Charles’s wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles.

June 2005: Kate and William graduate from St. Andrew’s and head to Kenya for a romantic break.

October 2005: Kate’s lawyers complain to magazine editors after pictures emerge of her doing everyday things, like riding a city bus.

January 2006: A photo emerges of the couple kissing in Klosters, their first public snog.

February 2006: Speculation of an engagement reaches its highest pitch yet. Woolworth’s unveils Kate-and-Will engagement thimbles, china ware and even mouse pads. The plates read: “Married 200?” Woolworth’s eventually goes out of business.

April 2006: The pair holiday on the private Caribbean island of Mustique, where the paparazzi snatches photos of the couple in a speedboat.

August 2006: The couple holiday in the European rave-capital of Ibiza, Spain.

December 2006: William graduates as an army officer from Sandhurst. He can’t help but grin when he is inspected by his grandmother. Kate is invited, along with her mother, a sign she is being accepted into the royal family.

January 2007: The media takes up residence outside Middleton’s Chelsea home, expecting an engagement any day.

April 2007: Kate and William split up.

June 2007: Kate and William get back together.

April 2008: Kate is invited to watch William receive his RAF wings, the first royal event she has attended since 2006.

May 2008: Kate attends the wedding of Peter Philips—without William—suggesting she’s taking a role in the royal family.

February 2009: Will moves into a house in Shropshire with Harry—and not Kate—to the disappointment of the tabloid press.

October 2009: Kate’s uncle Gary Goldsmith is quoted in the tabloids talking about MDMA (ecstasy) and partying with Will and Kate in Ibiza.

October 2010: William proposes during a 10-day safari in Kenya.

November 2010: Kate’s parents join a royal hunting party at Balmoral Estate, the Queen’s castle in Scotland. William asks Kate’s father for permission to marry his daughter.

November 16, 2010: Kate proudly shows off her engagement ring. The ring, featuring a sapphire laced with diamonds, belonged to William’s mother, Princess Diana. The wedding is set for spring or summer 2011.




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TIMELINE: Prince William’s 9-year courtship of Kate Middleton

  1. Lucky girl

  2. Lucky girl

    • Maybe.

      • Buzz Killer !!

  3. Maybe.

  4. Buzz Killer !!

  5. GOD bless them !

  6. GOD bless them !

  7. bout time we had another royal wedding extravaganza :)

  8. bout time we had another royal wedding extravaganza :)

  9. Glad that austerity only applies to us ordinary working folk! And not the Royals and their huge extravaganzas!

  10. Glad that austerity only applies to us ordinary working folk! And not the Royals and their huge extravaganzas!

  11. this is pathedic….time for that family tree to go away!
    they all need to get a job!
    kings …queens…princes…all fairytale stuff!

  12. this is pathedic….time for that family tree to go away!
    they all need to get a job!
    kings …queens…princes…all fairytale stuff!

    • But it is real live fairy tail stuff, We need a little bit of Glamour and glitter every now and then. Every time you turn around it's gloom and doom on the news. When Prince Charles wed Princess Diana my little Nieces and Nephews watched the coverage from start to finish and were astonished that there was such a thing as a'' Real'' Prince and Princess and not just on the Disney channel..Now I am looking forward to watching this wedding with my Grand Kids..Glad your not my Grandma or Grampa…Whats next for you , No Santa ? Geeez….

      • are you ok with hungry people all over the planet???
        honestly, I don,t understand people putting this family over and above your own!
        none of them are better then you or I!
        Were pretty quick to put them and sports figures above above all!
        All there gold and jewlery came from the backs of hard working people!
        shame on them…shame on you for being so shallow!
        no santa???….give your head a shake fool!
        Geeez

        • I can't do a whole bunch for hungry people all over the planet, but on our Local level we do our Part, Our Family gives to our local food Bank on a monthly basis,(money or food ) My wife is in the Hospitality Business and they donate bedding and linens to the local Hostel, also all the housekeeping staff collect all the empty pop cans etc and gives the proceeds to the Home for Battered Women here in our City. On A personal level my Family participates in the Adopt a Family at Christmas Program, where we make sure that a low income Family has good Christmas and this quite often turns into a lasting friendship..So in answer to your Question, No we are not O.K. with world hunger, but we try to do our part to help! Do you ? You do not have to be well off to make a difference you know . Donate your time, make someone smile to-day…then you might not be so bitter ! Anyway…Tallyho and remember ''GOD SAVE the QUEEN !!''

      • I totally agree with you. I have great memories of getting up early to watch the Royal Weddings of Prince Charles and Princess Dianna and Prince Andrew and Fergie. I am so looking forward to April 29th. Fairytale stuff is awesome. When I was nine years old, I twirled the baton for the Queen. It was so exciting to meet her and just be in her presence. There's something magical about the Royal family. I hope you and your grand kids really enjoy watching the wedding. I know I will.

  13. But it is real live fairy tail stuff, We need a little bit of Glamour and glitter every now and then. Every time you turn around it's gloom and doom on the news. When Prince Charles wed Princess Diana my little Nieces and Nephews watched the coverage from start to finish and were astonished that there was such a thing as a'' Real'' Prince and Princess and not just on the Disney channel..Now I am looking forward to watching this wedding with my Grand Kids..Glad your not my Grandma or Grampa…Whats next for you , No Santa ? Geeez….

  14. are you ok with hungry people all over the planet???
    honestly, I don,t understand people putting this family over and above your own!
    none of them are better then you or I!
    Were pretty quick to put them and sports figures above above all!
    All there gold and jewlery came from the backs of hard working people!
    shame on them…shame on you for being so shallow!
    no santa???….give your head a shake fool!
    Geeez

  15. I can't do a whole bunch for hungry people all over the planet, but on our Local level we do our Part, Our Family gives to our local food Bank on a monthly basis,(money or food ) My wife is in the Hospitality Business and they donate bedding and linens to the local Hostel, also all the housekeeping staff collect all the empty pop cans etc and gives the proceeds to the Home for Battered Women here in our City. On A personal level my Family participates in the Adopt a Family at Christmas Program, where we make sure that a low income Family has good Christmas and this quite often turns into a lasting friendship..So in answer to your Question, No we are not O.K. with world hunger, but we try to do our part to help! Do you ? You do not have to be well off to make a difference you know . Donate your time, make someone smile to-day…then you might not be so bitter ! Anyway…Tallyho and remember ''GOD SAVE the QUEEN !!''

  16. I am happy for the couple. I am old enough to clearly remember Diana and the promise she held for the British people and for the monarchy. The lie that was her marriage to a man in love with a married woman and willing to cheat to be with her, ended leaving her and her children deeply wounded. It took years for Harry and Wiliam to accept Camilla. Even now it is Diana's ring on Kate's hand and NOT some custom item that clearly could be afforded and in days past would have been the choice. William is reinvoking his mother and Kate is up to the challenge. I pray they stay together and are happy. As for his father and his woman, I pray that they get left behind and William becomes Monarch. Something tells me it will be quite different if he does.

  17. I am happy for the couple. I am old enough to clearly remember Diana and the promise she held for the British people and for the monarchy. The lie that was her marriage to a man in love with a married woman and willing to cheat to be with her, ended leaving her and her children deeply wounded. It took years for Harry and Wiliam to accept Camilla. Even now it is Diana's ring on Kate's hand and NOT some custom item that clearly could be afforded and in days past would have been the choice. William is reinvoking his mother and Kate is up to the challenge. I pray they stay together and are happy. As for his father and his woman, I pray that they get left behind and William becomes Monarch. Something tells me it will be quite different if he does.

  18. Why do people care about these people who were BORN into wealth? The Paris Hilton's etc. of this world. Just elope so I don't have to hear all this royal nonsense ad nauseum about this wedding.
    I usually don't comment on this crap, in fact I usually ignore these mostly spoilt attention seeking people when their stories appear in the news, unless they crash and burn under the weight of their own self importance.

  19. Why do people care about these people who were BORN into wealth? The Paris Hilton's etc. of this world. Just elope so I don't have to hear all this royal nonsense ad nauseum about this wedding.
    I usually don't comment on this crap, in fact I usually ignore these mostly spoilt attention seeking people when their stories appear in the news, unless they crash and burn under the weight of their own self importance.

    • You make me sad…..

    • You have made me sad…..

  20. You make me sad…..

  21. You have made me sad…..

  22. I totally agree with you. I have great memories of getting up early to watch the Royal Weddings of Prince Charles and Princess Dianna and Prince Andrew and Fergie. I am so looking forward to April 29th. Fairytale stuff is awesome. When I was nine years old, I twirled the baton for the Queen. It was so exciting to meet her and just be in her presence. There's something magical about the Royal family. I hope you and your grand kids really enjoy watching the wedding. I know I will.

  23. anyone remember all of the charity work that Diana did with AIDS when no one really knew what it truly was? Everyone was afraid to touch anyone with aids and Diana was holding those Aids inflicted babies in her arms?

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