Kate makes her most significant public appearance to date when she turns up to watch William graduate as an Army officer.This is the biggest clue that she has been widely accepted into royal circles.After graduation, William and Kate kick off their careers.Kate gets a job as an accessories buyer for fashion chain Jigsaw, while the prince joins the elite Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.It sounds like a welcome respite for the pair, who just returned from an exhausting seven-day tour of India and Bhutan.Meanwhile, it's increasingly clear that marriage suits them.The love story begins at St Andrews University, where William and Kate are both studying art history.
A ‘very excited’ Kate chose a navy Issa dress to complement her sapphire engagement ring, which belonged to William’s mum, the late Princess Diana.
Disaster strikes when it's reported that the pair have split.
Media attention is said to be a contributing factor, but the break-up doesn't last long. Years later, William looks back on their time apart as a positive experience. and we were both defining ourselves as such and being different characters, it was very much trying to find our way and we were growing up, it was just a bit of space, things like that and things worked out for the better," the prince said in an interview with ITN at the time of the engagement.
Although certain things were changing with the times within the royal family, Christmas at Sandringham was still strictly a royal affair.
It meant they would not be able to spend Christmas Day together unless they were married.