Happy birthday to Duchess Catherine! 34 of her best moments

As the Duchess of Cambridge celebrates her 34th birthday this Saturday, we look back at her remarkable life.
Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge

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As the Duchess of Cambridge celebrates her 34th birthday this Saturday, we look back at her remarkable life.

She was your everyday little girl, who grew up in the British country side of Bucklebury with loving parents and two siblings.

But her life would change forever when her paths crossed with Prince William at the University of St Andrews in Scotland back in 2001. Urban legend says Catherine had a poster of Wills on her wall as a teenager but she has since spoken out on the tale. “I had the Levis guy on my wall, not a picture of William, sorry.”

The rest reads like a real-life fairy-tale – from their incredible 2011 wedding to their long-lasting love and gorgeous children. Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge are the real deal.

As she turns another year older, she only becomes more graceful.

The mother-of-two has used her global influence to help create a better world, working alongside an array of charities including her very own The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

She is also a patron for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, SportsAid, Place2Be and Action on Addiction.

In 2013, her life entered another big chapter when she welcomed her first son Prince George. “It’s very emotional. It’s such a special time. I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like,” she said at the time.

And just last year she and Wills welcomed a little girl into their brood with the arrival of Princess Charlotte.

Click through the gallery to check out Catherine’s best moments from over the years!

Royally adorable! It doesn’t get much sweeter than this! We can see where George and Charlotte get their gorgeous features from, a young Kate Middleton had cuteness in spades.

Vintage Middy: The year was 2006 and the eventual Mrs Cambridge was just a London socialite working her way around the scene. We quite like the fact that even the future Queen of England wasn’t above going to the opening of a chain store.

Duchess of disco: Or a roller disco for that matter! In 2008, Kate rocked short-shorts and roller skates like no other.

A prince and his girl: This iconic photo of William and Catherine was taken on their graduation day at St Andrews University in 2005. “I actually think I went bright red when I met you and sort of scuttled off, feeling very shy about meeting you,” Kate has reflected on their first encounter.

Beauty and brains: Catherine graduated the prestigious university with a degree in Art History.

Single and loving it! In April 2007 William and Catherine called time on their relationship but instead of wallowing, the brunette beauty totally owned it, went out on the town and had fun. “At the time wasn’t very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person, you find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realised,” she later confessed.

Better together: Lo and behold, she and William eventually reconciled and their love continues to grow.

Engagement glow: The gorgeous couple beamed with excitement when they announced their engagement in 2010.

Here comes the bride: The beautiful moment Kate Middleton became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge after she married Prince William on the 29th, April 2011.

The Queen of good hair: The 34-year-old’s shiny, flawless locks are royalty in their own right.

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Family first: Catherine’s bond with her younger sister Pippa is truly inspiring.

Showing off her softer side: But it’s not all pomp and ceremony for this beloved royal. Who could forget this hilarious moment in December when William and Kate teased one another at a charity bash while a banker helped the Duchess in nothing more than his underwear, a blazer and a pair of heels.

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Blooming beautiful: No one does maternity style quite like Kate, pictured on the left in 2013 and on the right in 2015, and she’s truly shone during both her pregnancies.

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Fierce fashionista: When Catherine attends an important event, you can trust she’ll bring her fashion A game. She stunned in this glittering ensemble for the ARK 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner in London in 2011.

Lady in red: The Duchess was a vision in this Jenny Packham gown when she attended her first state banquet to honour the Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping in October last year.

Cool and casual: Her off-duty style is just as chic.

Passionate spectator: As an avid sports fan, when Kate watches a match she gets very into it and we love it!

Giving it her all: The mother-of-two’s ping pong concentration face was on point during a visit to London’s Bacon’s College in 2012.

Running in heels: She loves hockey and isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and have a hit, not even a pair a sky-high boots will stop her!

Beach babe: Kate had the nation transfixed when she managed to run across Sydney’s Manly beach in a pair of wedges during the Cambridges’ official tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014.

Honouring Diana: Although she never met her late mother-in-law, she’s never far away thanks to Catherine’s engagement ring made up of a striking blue sapphire and diamonds, which previously belonged to Diana. “I just hope I look after it. It’s very, very special,” Kate has said.

Gorgeous George: Did we mention she’s the mother to one of the most adorable human beings on the face of the earth, Prince George?

Mummy’s darling daughter: And of course there’s eight-month-old Princess Charlotte who is the apple of her mother’s eye. “Charlotte is getting bigger and getting on well with her noisy big brother.”

Regal BFFs: Catherine’s close bond with her brother-in-law Harry is truly heart-warming. “To have a big sister is very, very nice… She’s a fantastic girl, she really is, my brother is very lucky,” Harry mused.

Part of the fam: And it’s clear she fits in so well with the rest of the family.

DJ K-Middy in the house: When an Alexander McQueen-clad Catherine took to the decks during a visit to a hip hop school in Adelaide back in 2014 the world fell a little bit more in love with her.

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Conquering her fears: She rarely gives public speeches but last year Catherine took to the podium to deliver a powerful address at the the Place2Be Headteacher Conference in London.

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Family comes first: Watching Kate interact with George makes it easy to see she’s a natural with kids.

People are drawn to her: Kate’s charisma is undeniable and yet another reason she’s so popular.

Keeping up with the Cambridges: “It’s very emotional. It’s such a special time. I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like,” Catherine said after welcoming George in 2013 (L) and she was just as elated when she gave birth to Charlotte (R).

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Getting to know grandpa: Catherine has ensured Prince Charles is very much a part of her kids’ lives, and the 67-year-old couldn’t be happier. “[Charlotte and George will] look after me when I’m tottering about,” Charles joked.

Working her magic: In 2013 William and Catherine joked about with their wands as they visited the set of Harry Potter.

The way they look at each other! “When I first met Kate I knew there was something very special about her. I knew there was possibly something that I wanted to explore there.”

Here’s to 34 and plenty more! Happy birthday Catherine.

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