Kate Middleton and Prince William: How did the Duke of Cambridge propose the Duchess?
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Kate Middleton and Prince William: How did the Duke of Cambridge propose the Duchess?

Prince William proposed Kate Middleton in Kenya during a holiday with friends. Here are the details of the sweet proposal

Prince William and Kate Middleton, who are one of the most loved couples all over the world, met when they were studying together at the University of St. Andrews. The two started off as friends and William knew she had a thing for Kate when he saw her walking the ramp in the university fashion show in 2003. According to Kate Middleton’s friends and university fellows, she did not engage much with the guys although everyone there had a crush on her. Since Prince William expressed his interest in her, everyone knew that no one stood a chance.

Prince William and Kate Middleton had a brief breakup before getting married

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Badshahi Mosque, the most iconic Islamic site in Lahore, set in the heart of the Walled City. The Duke and Duchess toured the mosque and courtyard, before joining a discussion with faith leaders to learn how they are promoting interfaith harmony within their communities. The couple’s visit to Badshahi sees them follow in the footsteps of The Duke’s father, The Prince of Wales @ClarenceHouse, who visited the Mosque with The Duchess of Cornwall during a tour of Pakistan in 2006, and his grandmother Her Majesty The Queen @TheRoyalFamily, who visited in 1961. PA / Kensington Palace #RoyalVisitPakistan #pakistan

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Being Prince William’s girlfriend came with enough spotlight but kate Middleton kept mastering the art. However, there came a time when the couple discovered they could not get along as Prince William who was just 24 was going through his difficulty to commit at such a young age. Hence, in 2007 the two parted for their separate ways. This came as  a major shock for many people as they all were expecting a royal wedding on the cards.  According to Kate Middleton, although she did not like that time but it made her a stronger person.

Prince William proposed Kate Middleton in Kenya

However, since they were meant to be, after taking some time off Prince William and Kate Middleton reunited and went off to an African holiday in Kenya. Since it was a friends trip Kate Middleton had no idea that Prince William would come up with a wedding proposal. Prince William, on the other hand, had been planning it for quite some time.  According to Prince William in an interview given to the Press Association right after the marriage, they had been discussing marriage for a while hence the proposal was not a big surprise.

Prince William kept his mother Diana’s ring in his backpack for three weeks

Prince William, who was very close to his mother late Princess Diana, wanted to give her mother’s famous blue sapphire ring to his future wife as an engagement ring and pay a tribute to his mother on this important occasion of his life. He hid the ring in his backpack for three weeks and kept it with him wherever he went during the trip. According to Prince William, he was keeping hold of the ring because he knew that if he lost it he would be in trouble. He also jokingly said to kate Middleton during the interview that she would be in trouble if she ever lost the ring. Kate Middleton is never spotted without that ring in her public appearances.

How did Prince William eschew the royal tradition while proposing Kate Middleton?

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It's the taking part that counts...

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Prince William, however, broke the royal tradition by proposing Kate Middleton before asking her father for her hand. He said that he knew that if Kate had said yes he could not say no. He spoke to Kate Middleton’s father Mike Middleton right after proposing his daughter. Since Prince William’s royal role involves formalities and following the traditions, the usually careful Prince William eschewed the tradition when it was about proposing the love of his life.

Prince William and Kate Middleton now have three children

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Pakistan this autumn, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Further details will be advised in due course. Her Majesty The Queen visited Pakistan in 1961 and 1997, and The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited in 2006. Swipe to see photos from the visits: 2. The Queen attends a State Banquet at the President's House, Karachi, in 1961. 3. The Queen meets members of the Pakistan cricket team at the Rawalpindi cricket ground, in 1997. 4. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at the Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, in 2006. Photos courtesy of the Press Association and @royalcollectiontrust #Pakistan #RoyalVisitPakistan

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Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in November 2010 and got married in April 2011. The fairytale wedding was watched and attended by many people from all over the world. Together they have three children namely Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Prince William and Kate Middleton are hands-on parents who even do the school run for their children themselves.

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By Saadia Ahmed
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