Two years ago, on 16 November, the Clarence House announced the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The official release saw Kate dressed in a knee-length blue dress, with her hair blow-dried and left loose, holding on to William's arm and showing her engagement ring. The ring was an 18-carat oval sapphire, surrounded by diamonds, which belonged to William's mother, the late Princess Diana.  

Today, 16 November, 2012, marks the second anniversary of that proposal. But today the two are William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They were married on 29 April last year, at Westminster Abbey and the royal wedding set a new record for being the most viewed online event in the world; it was watched by 72 million viewers.

William and Kate dated for over nine years, after first meeting at St Andrews University in 2001. The two graduated with honours in 2005 - William in Geography and Kate in History of Art. Following news of their engagement, William and Kate transformed into royal celebrities and began making official visits together. And one of their more recent visits was to St Andrews, where they launched their alma mater's 600th anniversary campaign.

The journey from an engagement to a wedding is considered special in any couple's life. William and Kate were engaged for just about six months but that was time enough for a number of photographs and memorable moments. Check out these pre-wedding photographs of Prince William and Kate Middleton, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrate the second anniversary of their engagement...

Britain's Prince William speaks as his fiancee Kate Middleton watches during a Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RNLI) new Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, the 'Hereford Endeavour', at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station, in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey in north Wales February 24, 2011.REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Kate Middleton (L) looks at the engagement ring given by her then fiance, Britain's Prince William, as they pose for a photograph in St. James's Palace, central London November 16, 2010.Reuters
Britain's Prince William speaks, watched by his fiancee Kate Middleton at the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA), in Darwen, northern England April 11, 2011.REUTERS
Britain's Prince William speaks as his bride-to-be Kate Kate Middleton watches during a Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RNLI) new Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, the 'Hereford Endeavour', at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station, in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey in north Wales February 24, 2011.REUTERS/Phil Noble
Britain's Prince William bows as his fiancee Kate Middleton pours champagne over the 'Hereford Endeavour', during a Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RNLI) new Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, at Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station, in Trearddur Bay, Anglesey in north Wales February 24, 2011.REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Britain's Prince William (R) and Kate Middleton (C) arrive at the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA), in Darwen, northern England April 11, 2011.PHOTO: REUTERS/Phil Noble
Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton visit St. Andrews University in Fife, Scotland February 25, 2011.REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain's Prince William (R) and his fiancee Kate Middleton arrive at The Thursford Collection in Norfolk, England, December 18, 2010.REUTERS
Britain's Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton laughs as he watches her at the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA), in Darwen, northern England April 11, 2011.REUTERS/Darren Staples
Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton listen to speeches during their visit St. Andrews University in Fife, Scotland February 25, 2011.REUTERS/Toby Melville