It certainly doesn't feel like it's been six—nearly 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! Six years later, and Kate Middleton is celebrating her 36 birthday—the sixth birthday she's spent with William as a royally married duo.
But Will and Kate's epic April 29, 2011 wedding was just the cap to an almost 10-year relationship that reads like a fairytale. 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, when Prince William bid $200 to see Kate walk in a charity fashion show, 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, there's never been more too-cute Royal Family photos to fawn over.
Not long after the royal wedding, Prince George made his way onto the scene. The highly-anticipated arrival of the Duke and Duchess's first born was a total media frenzy—and for good reason. That little guy sure is darling! Of course, Princess Charlotte is no slacker in the cute department, when she was welcomed into the Royal Family in May of 2015. And since then, the famous foursome (soon to be a five-some!) has been giving the world tons of sweet and swoon-worthy moments.
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 the Duchess of Cambridge's birthday today, we're looking back at her and William's biggest milestones—and our 35 favorite moments. Obviously, there will be many more to come—especially at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding!