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Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton embarked on her new royal duties in 2012, with appearances at Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee and the London Games, although a paparazzi cheap shot really got people's attention. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo)

Year in Review 2012: Top 10 Searches

Chalk up another one for the voter: People may have been wearied by the negative campaigns, but they persevered through the slog of politics and made "elections" the year's most searched term. The fifth iteration of an Apple smartphone, a glorious gathering of athletes, the passing of a superstar, and a bevy of celebrities—including one duchess—also mesmerized online audiences in 2012.