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

SILVER BELLE

Accompanying William to a reception at St. James's Palace for the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal on Nov. 10, Kate rounded off her epic year in the spotlight in a silver Jenny Packham gown. Preparing to step up as a patron for her own host of charities in the coming months, the Duchess "knows her role is to bring a spotlight onto causes," a palace source tells PEOPLE, adding that "she will do it with gusto."