The couple have known each other for almost two decades. From their meeting at St Andrew’s University back in 2001 to now, Prince William and Kate Middleton have become the perfect royal couple.
Today, they are celebrating their 9th wedding anniversary. The two have been through a lot, from petty squabbles and youthful loving, to becoming parents and finding their footing as a functioning family, a royal one nonetheless. And their love has never faded, with the two being as in love as they were back in their college days.
And as a way of showcasing their love, here is a list of the sweetest things that the two have said about each other.
Prince William, while being interviewed by ABC host Katie Couric, reflected on his and Kate’s wedding day. He revealed a wish his late mother Princess Diana could have been there.
“I think she would have loved the day and I think, hopefully, she’d be very proud of us both for the day. I’m just very sad that she’s never going to get a chance to meet Kate.”
His brother Prince Harry added: “She would have loved Kate.”
Just after announcing their engagement back in 2010, the two said this about each other:
William: “Obviously we both have a very fun time together, both have a very good sense of humour about things. We’re down to earth. We take the mickey out of each other a lot, and she’s got plenty of habits that make me laugh that I tease her about.”
Kate said: “You know, over the years William has looked after me, he’s treated me very well – as the loving boyfriend he is, he is very supportive of me through the good times and also through the bad times.”
The couple shortly after their engagement had an interview for ITV News where they spoke about how they first met as students.
William said: “We obviously met at university, at St Andrews we were friends for over a year first and it just sort of blossomed from then on. We just spent more time with each other, had a good giggle, had lots of fun and realised we shared the same interests and just had a really good time.”
Kate said: “Well I actually think I went bright red when I met you and sort of scuttled off, feeling very shy about meeting you. Actually William wasn’t there for quite a bit of the time initially, he wasn’t there for Fresher’s Week, so it did take a bit of time for us to get to know each other, but we did become very close friends from quite early on.”
In 2011, while on Royal Tour of Canada, Kate said this about her husband: “I’m very, very lucky. He looks after me as much as possible.”
The couple were there for St Andrew’s University 600th anniversary in 2011, which no doubt brought back tons of sweet memories.
“This is a very special moment for Catherine and me. It feels like coming home,” William said.
Right after their first child, Prince George, was born in 2013, Prince William had this to say: “He’s got [Kate’s] looks, thankfully.”
And then came another, with Princess Charlotte being born in 2015. When Kate returned to work after her second pregnancy, Prince William had only words of praise for his wife and their “lovely little family”.
“It is fantastic having a lovely little family and I am so thrilled,” he told the BBC. “Catherine has been doing an amazing job as a mother and I’m very proud of her.”
The couple lived in Anglesey for three years, as Prince William was working as a search and rescue pilot for the RAF at one point. And when it came time to visit it again last February, Kate said: “It was such a special time for us. It was the start of our life together really.”
William talked about how starting a family with Kate changed his personality during an interview for the documentary When Ant and Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years of the Prince’s Trust.
“I’m a lot more emotional than I used to be,” William said. “I never used to get too wound up or worried about things. But now the smallest little things, you well up a little more, you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world or whatever a lot more, I think, as a father.”
During an interview for ITV’s Our Queen at Ninety documentary, Kate and William revealed that they were inspired by the Queen’s closeness to her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.
“All the time William and I are so struck by the Queen’s sense of duty and commitment. And I think to do that by yourself would be a very lonely place to be. But I think to have the support of your husband there by your side on those occasions – and behind closed doors as well – I think is really special.
“William and I have got quite a long way to go. But, no, it really, really is fantastic.”
During their engagement interview, William revealed that he had tried to impress her with his cooking skills, however things didn’t exactly go as planned.
William explained: “When I was trying to impress Kate I was trying to cook these amazing fancy dinners and what would happen was I would burn something, something would overspill, something would catch on fire and she would be sitting in the background just trying to help, and basically taking control of the whole situation, so I was quite glad she was there at the time.”