It's Kate Middleton and Prince William’s 1st Wedding Anniversary: Bumper Gallery Special!

27 April 2012 by

It’s been twelve months. And WHAT a twelve months. One Prince, and one Princess, 46 public engagements, five pairs of LK Bennett shoes, one dress previously worn by her Mum, over 4 million clicks on the mother-of-all-Kate-blogs,, and only two skirts. Kate and Wills, Catherine and William, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – whatever: Grazia Daily salutes you.

Since stepping into the public eye a year ago on their amazing wedding day, Kate and William have quickly turned into (arguably) the most popular members of the royal family. But what have we actually learned about Kate and Wills in the past year?

Well – they are as ordinary as you could possibly be, given their extraordinary roles, and the level of interest in their lives. Kate has been spotted stocking up on groceries at Waitrose and TESCO near the couple’s home in North Wales (new favourite titbit: her breakfast cereal of choice is ‘Kellogg’s Start’ OF COURSE), they frequently walk their cocker spaniel puppy, Lupo, on the beach near their house, and last year they were spotted ducking into their local cinema to see ‘Bridesmaids’. Which we are ABSOLUTELY certain was William's choice.

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THAT infamous balcony kiss one year ago

In public, though, they undoubtedly make up the most glamorous thing to happen to Britain since the Beckhams went global. The sight of them appearing together on the red carpet at the War Horse premiere, or at the BAFTA reception in LA, or at a concert in Ottowa, is enough to make front page headlines not only here but across the world.

Alone, too, Kate has more than proved her worth as a royal. While Prince William was away on tour of duty in the Falkland Islands, Kate performed six engagements solo, including her first engagement alone with The Queen.

Much like her new grandmother-in-law, in fact,  Kate has found a style that works perfectly for her new role. Relying on a base wardrobe stocked high with pieces by Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham, L K Bennett and Reiss, Kate also wears designs from a surprisingly diverse range of labels, from the Mom-tastic Luisa Spagnoli through to iconic labels like Pucci and Prada, and edgy designers like Tabitha Simmons. In fact, six of the nominees for last year’s British Fashion Awards were worn by Kate in the twelve months before it – Mulberry, Burberry, Erdem, Tabitha Simmons, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. Pretty impressive, non?

And what about Wills? What have we learned about his style in the past year? Well, if the past twelve months have taught us anything about The Duke, it’s this: receding hairline or not, Wills looks pretty damn good in uniform.

Don't forget that you can check out more of Kate's outfits by clicking on our Kate Middleton lookbook.

Shortly after their marriage, William and Kate presented medals to the Irish Guards. Kate wears Alexander McQueen

Kate and William played host to the Obamas when they visited the UK in May 2011. Kate wears Reiss...

... As she did when the and the Duke attended the Epsom Derby in June.

June and July saw William and Kate travel to Canada and LA. Here, on their first day, Kate wears Erdem.

Hotly followed by a purple Issa dress for an evening concert

Kate debuted the only two skirts she's worn in public on this tour. This ensemble is McQueen pre-fall 2011

And this pleated skirt and crocheted top is by Whistles

Arguably the standout moment of the tour was their attendence at a BAFTA ceremony in LA. Kate looks stunning in McQueen.

The couple also managd to relax on their trip; here they are recieving honorary hockey jerseys

And here they are in dressed-down (or should that be dressed-up?) mode, attending a rodeo

Jenny Packham is fast becoming a wardrobe staple for Kate; the peach dress she wore to the ARK gala is our all time fave.

As is the black lace gown which Kate chose for the War Horse premiere earlier this year.

And the asymmetric nude draped dress which she chose for a St James' Palace gala dinner

Kate has developed a signature style of fitted coats for her public role - she chose Alexander McQueen for her first Trooping The Colour

And this aubergeine number was one she debuted on Christmas day

Mixed with the tailored coats are fitted suits and dresses, like this Rebecca Taylor tweed suit

Occasionally making way for something less formal - like this Polo Ralph Lauren dress for a visit to Centrepoint

For evening, Kate has mixed highstreet - like this lace Zara dress, at Gary Barlow's charity concert in December

... with designer, as with this Matthew Williamson embellished dress

And when she pulls out all the stops, as with this velvet Alexander McQueen gown, the world collectively swoons


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