11/16/2012 08:52 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Kate Middleton & Prince William's Engagement Was 2 Years Ago! (PHOTOS, VIDEO)


Friday marks the two-year anniversary of Kate Middleton and Prince William formally announcing their engagement. Or as we like to call it, the BEST DAY EVER.

Surely you remember all the iconic details of November 16, 2010: the surprise announcment, the elegant setting, the future Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posing for photo after photo in the State Apartments at St. James Palace, closely followed by the glowing official Mario Testino engagement portraits.

In honor of the two-year anniversary, here are the most iconic three things we remember about that exciting day:

  1. That Issa dress. Kate's navy blue wrap dress sparked an immediate frenzy, as the frock, costing $535, quickly sold out in stores and online. The Issa madness marked the beginning of the so-called "Kate effect," where basically anything Catherine wears sells out immediately as women clamor to get their hands on duchess-sanctioned trends. (Kate's sister Pippa even wore a version of it.)
  2. The ring. Princess Diana, Will's late mum, received the 18-carat oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds from Charles in 1981, and William "carried it around" in a rucksack on a vacation in Kenya with Kate that October until he worked up the courage to give it to her. Since Diana's time, it's spawned countless imitations, and Kate's receiving of the ring set off a new wave of replicas. (QVC was especially keen on them.)
  3. The interview. Kate & Will sat down for a lengthy chat, marking their first TV interview together, revealing that Will can't cook and that Kate was nervous to meet Prince Charles.

Ready to relive the big day with us? Check out pics below and watch Will and Kate's big interview again! We just did.

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Despite the whole "famous royal" thing, Will & Kate are pretty down to earth...

Kate & Will -- They're Just Like Us

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