Kate Middleton and Prince William Release Rare Footage With Their Kids For Their Anniversary

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Photo credit: Twitter
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Kate Middleton and Prince William have gone all out with the social media content this week to celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary. Yesterday, they released new couple portraits:

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And today, they shared a video of themselves with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. This wasn't iPhone-shot home movie footage. The couple had filmmaker Will Warr capture the family glamorously playing and making s'mores. “Thank you to everyone for the kind messages on our wedding anniversary,” Kate and William wrote on their Twitter and Instagram. “We are enormously grateful for the 10 years of support we have received in our lives as a family. W & C.” (The C stands for Catherine, Kate's full name.)

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Kate and William have been together for far longer than 10 years, though. Kate actually waited nine years for William to propose to her after they first started dating in college, although they were on-and-off at some points.

As The Crown historian Robert Lacey explained to ELLE.com in November, “Kate eventually accepted the idea that she would have to do a long apprenticeship. William didn’t want to marry until he was 30. She waited nine years, but, in the end, she got him at 28, so there’s another strategic accomplishment on her part—and she is proving to be an ideal heir to the throne.”

Even Kate meeting William was deliberate. Kate changed colleges to go to the same school as him: “Kate was very strategic,” Lacey explained. “She gave up her place at one of Britain’s premier universities, Edinburgh, and opted for another one [St. Andrews] that probably didn’t have the same academic standard. She had already been to Edinburgh to get her flat accommodations sorted out but switched universities and switched her courses to history of art because that was William’s. She delayed her own education by a year and even takes the chance she won’t get into St. Andrews.” (Kate took the exact same gap year trip Prince William did, although months after him—a further testament to just how much Kate remade her life to make her relationship with William happen.)

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