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Kate & Wills: the first year

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This Sunday (29 April) marks a year since Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot at Westminster Abbey, with the eyes of two billion people around the globe on them. A quiet married life was never an option and the newlyweds have spent much of their first year as husband and wife in front of the cameras.

Luckily, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge managed to have a little fun together during their high profile engagements, official trips abroad and royal family functions - remember the couple proudly showing off their cowboy hats on their trip to Canada last July? Or baking together at a charity event in London at Christmas time? Celebrate their first wedding anniversary with a flick through our royal album of the couple's first year.

Simply click on an image to launch the gallery and let us know your favourite image of the newlyweds in the comments section below or on Twitter.

Words: Anna Pollitt Pictures: Rex Features and Getty Images

  • April 2011

    Prince William brimmed with pride while the former Kate Middleton took everything in her stride in the moments after the couple's wedding service in Westminster Abbey on Saturday April 29, 2011.

  • April 2011

    The day after their wedding the couple made their way across the lawns of Buckingham Palace to a private helicopter that flew them to a romantic weekend on the Welsh island of Anglesey, where they have a cottage.

  • April 2011

    Tourists have flocked to Angelesey, North Wales, since the royal wedding. The couple chose it as their home because of Prince William's posting as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot on the island.

  • May 2011

    A mini-moon in Anglesey is all very well, but nowhere can really compare to the white sands of Mauritius, where the couple reportedly jetted off to for their official honeymoon in May.

  • May 2011

    Fresh from their break in the sun, the newlyweds joined in on some important networking with the Obamas on their state visit to the UK last May.

  • June 2011

    The couple's first formal public appearance as a married couple came at a celebrity-filled charity event in June, where Catherine impressed in an elegant Jenny Packham gown.

  • June 2011

    William donned his Irish Guards scarlet tunic for the second time in two months to debut Trooping the Colours on parade in London in June, in honour of the Queen's official birthday. Catherine, who was supporting her husband, appeared happy and relaxed as she charmed the crowds.

  • June 2011

    A Reiss-clad Catherine and a dapper William enjoyed a family day out at the Epsom Derby in June - despite William appearing to have backed the wrong horse.

  • July 2011

    A few months into their marriage, the newlyweds embarked on their first overseas trip as a married couple, with a royal tour of Canada and the US.

  • July 2011

    The couple joked around during a traditional tree-planting ceremony in Ottawa as Catherine prepared to shovel saplings while wearing a close-fitting Catherine Walker dress and pale grey Tabitha Simmons heels.

  • July 2011

    On a visit to HMCS Montreal, Catherine paid homage to her host country with a dress by Canadian designer Erdem, while William looked smart in navy.

  • July 2011

    In a rainy Dalvay by-the-Sea, the couple's Canadian trip took a competitive turn when they went head-to-head in a dragon boat race - which the Duke won by half a length.

  • July 2011

    On a day off from official duties the outdoorsy couple took to the waters again with a spot of canoe-paddling on Blachford Lake.

  • July 2011

    In Yellowknife, the couple watched a game of shinny - a type of street hockey - and were presented with red Canada ice hockey tops, emblazoned with "Cambridge".

    "I would have taken a shot if I wasn't in heels," Catherine reportedly told a young fan. William did try his luck at the game but was unable to get three penalty shots past 6ft 3in goal-minder Calvin Lomen.

  • July 2011

    The pair looked like they were taking their meal seriously as they tucked into a plate of arctic char, a type of cold-water fish, in Blachford Lake.

  • July 2011

    A gentlemanly Prince William helped his wife with her Canadian Rangers sweater after the pair were made honorary members during their visit to Blachford Lake.

  • July 2011

    The couple got into the Western theme at the Calgary Stampede - both sporting blue jeans and Western-style shirts topped off with the bright white cowboy hats they were given earlier in their visit by Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

  • July 2011

    The couple followed up their Canada trip with a visit to California, where William's team was victorious in a polo match in Santa Barbara.

    Catherine presented William, the team captain, with a silver trophy and the husband and wife engaged in a socially acceptable, if awkward, double-cheek kiss.

  • July 2011

    Later in their Los Angeles tour, the couple wowed a star-studded Bafta 'Brits to Watch' event at the Belasco Theatre, where Catherine donned Alexander McQueen - the label that designed her now legendary wedding dress.

  • July 2011

    Back on British soil the couple were soon in the spotlight again when they attended the wedding of William’s cousin Zara Phillips, to rugby player Mike Tindall, in Edinburgh.

    The pair were pictured after the ceremony sharing a joke with Prince Harry, before all three royals jetted out of the Scottish city on budget airlines.

  • August 2011

    Almost four months on from the couple's wedding, British toy company Arklu released Prince William and Princess Catherine Wedding Dolls.

    Arklu described the £100-a-pair figurines as "delightfully kitsch".

  • August 2011

    Catherine looked lovingly at her husband during their visit to parts of Birmingham that were affected by last summer's riots.

  • September 2011

    An RAF officer met Catherine and William from their car on a visit to The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton. The couple opened an £18 million children's centre at the famous cancer hospital and spent time chatting to its young patients.

    RAF search-and-rescue pilot William kept the appointment despite 24 hours without sleep after an overnight mission.

  • October 2011

    The couple beamed with delight at a charity gala held at St James’s Palace in October.

    Catherine wore a bold red silk dress by Beulah London while the Duke donned a tuxedo. He gave a speech at the event, which raised £675,000 for the Child Bereavement Charity.

  • November 2011

    In November, the couple visited a UNICEF aid centre in Copenhagen and tried out products being sent as emergency relief to the drought-hit region of East Africa at an aid distribution facility.

    Prince William said the situation in East Africa "puts things into perspective of how terrible a crisis can get."

  • November 2011

    The couple turned on the glamour to host a charity dinner for the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal at St James's Palace. The event came shortly after it was announced that William was to undertake a six-week tour of duty in the Falkland Islands in February.

  • December 2011

    The chemistry between the couple was evident as they rolled up their sleeves to bake Christmas treats for beneficiaries of Centrepoint homeless charity in London.

  • December 2011

    William and Catherine spent their first Christmas as husband and wife at Sandringham. Around 3,000 fans gathered on Christmas day to watch them and other members of the royal family make their way to a private service at St Mary Magdalene church.

  • January 2012

    William was on umbrella duty at the rain-soaked London premiere of Steven Spielberg's War Horse - the day before Catherine celebrated her 30th birthday.

  • February 2012

    William, or Flight Lieutenant William Wales as he's professionally known, was pictured with his crew ahead of their six-week mission - his first overseas operational deployment

  • February 2012

    Catherine was poised and confident on her first public engagement without William at a Lucian Freud exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

  • February 2012

    She may have spent Valentine's Day without her husband but Catherine was not short of admirers on a trip to Liverpool, where she charmed youngsters at Alder Hey Children’s hospital. She also paid a visit to Brink, an alcohol-free bar for recovering addicts where a smoothie was named "The Duchess" in her honour.

  • March 2012

    Catherine entertained the in-laws on a trip to Dulwich Picture Gallery, where she and Charles got down to a spot of ironing - in the name of art, of course.

  • March 2012

    Late last month Catherine was pictured training the couple's five-month-old Cocker Spaniel, Lupo, in Kensington Gardens, on the day of William's return from the Falklands.

    William presented Catherine with the adorable puppy as a gift for her 30th birthday.

  • April 2012

    Earlier this month Madame Tussauds museums in London, New York and Amsterdam unveiled their wax homages of the couple, with London's museum dressing the waxworks in replicas of the outfits they wore to announce their engagement.

  • April 2012

    The couple stepped out on a drizzly Wednesday evening in London to attend the film premiere of African Cats, a nature documentary to raise money for animal conservation charity Tusk Trust, which has the Duke as its patron.

    It was the first time the couple had been pictured together since January, following Williams overseas deployment, and William was careful to shelter his wife from the rain.

    Catherine was unruffled by the conditions in an elegant grey Matthew Williamson grey dress, with bead embellishment around the sleeves and neckline.

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