It certainly doesn't feel like it's been seven years since Kate Middleton stepped out of a vintage Rolls Royce at Westminster Abbey in her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress to marry Prince William and become the Duchess of Cambridge. And yet, here we are! But Will and Kate's epic April 29, 2011 wedding was just the cap to an over-a-decade-long relationship that reads like a fairy tale. Seriously: A small-town girl, born to self-made parents, falls in love with a handsome prince at college and lives happily ever after. It sounds too good to be true, but it's real life, y'all.
From their earliest days as peers at St. Andrews University, where Prince William bid $200 to see Kate walk in a charity fashion show (and now she's the top royal style influencer!), to their recent royal tours, their courtship and marriage has been historic, romantic, and unbelievably adorable—and, fortunately for royal-watchers everywhere, beautifully photographed. And with an ever-expanding family (including their newest little royal, Prince Louis), there's never been more too-cute royal family photos and swoon-worthy moments to fawn over.
Which stand out the strongest? When did Will and Kate make it clear that they would eventually marry? We found the moments in their love story that show why and how they became the picture-perfect family they are today.
In honor of Kate Middleton's 37th birthday on Wednesday, we're looking back at her and Prince William's biggest milestones—and our 41 favorite moments.