In 2001, Prince William and Kate Middleton were students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The art history majors (William would change his major to geography) started out as pals. Eventually their bond developed into something much more. "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 and realized we shared the same interests," Prince William told ITV News after the couple announced their engagement. "She's got a really naughty sense of humor, which kind of helps me because I've got a really dry sense of humor...and then things happened." And how did Kate feel about her prince? "There's no one quite like William," she reportedly once said. "He's really kind. You can just tell by looking at him."
By 2010, William proposed on vacation in Kenya with his mother's sapphire and diamond engagement ring that he had been carrying around in his rucksack. "It was very romantic," said Kate of the proposal which took place by their secluded log cabin in the foothills of a panoramic Mount Kenya. As she noted during their ITV interview, "there's a true romantic in there." One royal wedding, baby George and another on the way and the rest is history.
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