Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary on Friday 29 April 2016. Millions of people around the world watched as Kate walked down the aisle at Westminster Abbey in a bridal dress designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. The photo of the newlyweds kissing on the balcony at Buckingham Palace made front pages all over the world.
29 April 2011: Prince William and Kate Middleton exchange rings during their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London Dominic Lipinski 29 April 2011: The newlyweds smile as they leave Westminster Abbey Chris Jackson/Getty Images 29 April 2011: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose for an official photograph in the throne room at Buckingham Palace with their bridesmaids and pageboys (Clockwise from bottom right) Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Eliza Lopes, Grace van Cutsem, Louise Windsor, Tom Pettifer, William Lowther-Pinkerton Hugo Burnand/Clarence House/Reuters 29 April 2011: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after the royal wedding Chris Jackson/Getty Images 29 April 2011: Prince William and his new wife drive from Buckingham Palace in a specially decorated Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 John Stillwell
After the wedding, Kate – oldest daughter of party planners Michael and Carole Middleton – became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. She has since become a fashion icon, with fans all over the world keeping a watch on what she wears, giving rise to the term, 'Kate effect'. She has constantly been in the public eye, carrying out various engagements.
The royals have had two children: Prince George (born on 22 July 2013) and Princess Charlotte (born on 2 May 2015).
As Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrate their anniversary, IBTimes UK looks back at their first five years of marriage. 24 May 2011: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet Barack and Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace Charles Dharapak 7 July 2011: Kate and Wills don cowboy hats at a Canadian government reception in Calgary, Alberta John Stillwell 10 July 2011: Kate smiles as her husband comments on her artistic skills during a visit to the Inner City Arts campus in Los Angeles John Stillwell 30 July 2011: Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Prince William arrive for the marriage of Zara Phillips, the eldest granddaughter of the Queen, and England rugby captain Mike Tindall, at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh Dylan Martinez/Reuters 21 December 2011: Kate Middleton laughs as Prince William dances with Vanessa Boateng during a reception at Centrepoint's Camberwell Foyer in London Chris Jackson/Getty Images 2 August 2012: The royals embrace after Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy of Great Britain won the gold medal and set a new world record in the Men's Team Sprint Track Cycling final at the London 2012 Olympic Games Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images 30 August 2012: Prince William and Kate Middleton talk as they watch the cycling in the Velodrome during the London 2012 Paralympic Games Stefan Rousseau 12 September 2012: Prince William and Kate Middleton make a toast in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee during a reception at Eden Hall in Singapore Nicolas Asfouri/AFP 14 September 2012: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take off their shoes before visiting the As-Syakirin Mosque at KLCC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Samsul Said/Reuters 16 September 2012: Prince William and Kate Middleton board a decorated truck at Honiara International Airport in the Solomon Islands during their nine-day tour of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific on behalf of the Queen to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee Daniel Munoz/Reuters 18 September 2012: Prince William and Kate Middleton dance with locals in Tuvalu during their Diamond Jubilee visit to the South Pacific Arthur Edwards 17 March 2013: Kate is helped by Prince William as she gets her heel stuck in a grating while they take part in a St Patrick's Day parade at Aldershot Barracks Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images 26 April 2013: Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Prince William raise their wands on a set used to depict Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter Films during the inauguration Of Warner Bros Studios Leavesden Paul Rogers 23 July 2013: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appear with their first child, Prince George, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London Cathal McNaughton/Reuters 7 April 2014: Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince George arrive at Wellington Airport in New Zealand to begin a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images 13 April 2014: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smile as they visit a young players’ rugby tournament at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand David Rowland 22 April 2014: Prince William and Kate Middleton pose in front of Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, in Australia Phil Noble/Reuters 2 July 2014: Kate Middleton carries her son Prince George alongside her husband Prince William as they visit the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London John Stillwell 28 July 2014: Kate and William and Prince Harry react as they watch hockey at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Russell Cheyne/Reuters 29 July 2014: Kate and William watch the athletics at Hampden Park on day six of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Chris Jackson/Getty Images 4 August 2014: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pay their respects at St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium on the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War Chris Jackson/Getty Images 8 December 2014: Prince William and Kate Middleton meet LeBron James backstage at a Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets game in New York Neilson Barnard 13 March 2015: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave St Paul's Cathedral after a service of commemoration for troops who were stationed in Afghanistan Chris Jackson/Getty Images 2 May 2015: Prince William looks on as his wife holds their baby daughter outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London Cathal McNaughton/Reuters 5 July 2015: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children are pictured after the christening of Princess Charlotte at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham Chris Jackson/Getty Images 10 October 2015: William and Kate smile at each other as they attend an event hosted by Mind, at Harrow College to mark World Mental Health Day Arthur Edwards 3 March 2016: Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoy a short private skiing break in the French Alps with their children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George John Stillwell 15 April 2016: The royals trek up the mountain to the Paro Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger's Nest, in Bhutan Cathal McNaughton/Reuters 15 April 2016: Prince William and Kate Middleton pose next to a prayer wheel on the trek up to the Tiger's Nest monastery during their visit to Bhutan Chris Jackson/Getty Images 16 April 2016: Prince William and Kate Middleton pose at The Taj Mahal in Agra, India Money Sharma/AFP 22 April 2016: President Barack Obama, Prince William and Michelle Obama talk with Prince George at Kensington Palace, while Kate Middleton looks on Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images