The Royals

Kate Turns 30: A Look Back at Her First Royal Year

As the Duchess celebrates the big 3-0, see her fairy-tale transformation from princess bride to full-fledged royal


Easing gently into life in the public eye, the bride-to-be attended her first public engagement with the Prince a few miles from their country cottage in Anglesey, Wales, on Feb. 24. After impressing locals by singing the Welsh national anthem and greeting well-wishers, Kate wrapped up her flawless debut by christening a new lifeboat at the Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station.