It has been nine years since Kate Middleton’s fairytale wedding and the start of her life as a member of the Royal Family.
Each year, Kate and Prince William celebrate their wedding anniversary at home in private but we know it’s often filled with romantic gestures and gifts.
But last year Kate got a very, very special present from her husband’s grandmother the Queen.
The Monarch presented her with a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO), which is her highest seal of approval.
Awards under the Royal Victorian Order are made personally by the Queen, and not on the recommendations of Downing Street unlike many of the others she hands out.
The RVO has five classes from member to Knight or Dame Grand Cross, and Kate follows in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cornwall, who received the same honour in the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee year.
It is likely the honour recognises Kate’s work over the past eight years as a member of the monarchy.
She has championed her own causes like supporting the early years development of children, travelled the Commonwealth on behalf of the Queen and raised awareness about mental health with William and the Prince Harry.
Kate and William met at university and dated for years before the prince finally popped the question in Africa.
They went through two painful breakups during their seven-year courtship, earning Kate the unflattering nickname ‘Waity Katie’.
But on October 20, 2010 – almost a decade after they first met – Wills finally got down on one knee and asked Kate to be his wife.
And the proposal was just as romantic as you would expect from a prince, and he whisked her off to Kenya to pop the question.
The couple travelled around the country before heading to Lake Rutundu, which Wills had decided was the perfect place for the special moment.
According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, he booked a log cabin for their stay and the couple spent the day fishing (unsuccessfully) for rainbow trout.
She claims that when they returned home William took Kate out onto the veranda, got down on one knee and proposed.