Meanwhile, it's increasingly clear that marriage suits them.Over the past five years Kate has seamlessly adapted to William's unusual world, without any public mishaps.Kate's middle-class roots have taught him the importance of life away from the palace.

She immediately went with her mother on a trip to Ireland to visit an art exhibition, and then she flew to Ibiza and spent time with her brother, James.

Back in London, she filled up her social diary and planned fun nights out with sister Pippa."Operation Win William Back" meant proving her independence.

Throughout it all, royal fans have been absolutely intrigued by the story of how a sporty girl from the small village of Bucklebury captured the heart of the heir to the British throne.

There is something special about Will and Kate's romance, which of course led to a spectacular 2011 wedding, a son named George, a daughter named Charlotte, and now a third baby on the way.

She's banished her shyness and her confidence has grown.

They are evidently more in love than ever; two weeks ago, as they hiked Tiger's Nest in Bhutan, they couldn't help but hold hands as they walked in unison.Take a look back at Will and Kate's journey together.It's been five years since the world witnessed the wedding of the century, when Prince William finally made Kate Middleton his royal bride.But though they were physically apart, they remained as emotionally connected as ever. He found it hard to get close to new people without questioning their true intentions and his long friendship with Kate proved her loyalty. She had been a shoulder to cry on through university, the inquest into his mother's death, and his dad's marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles.(He only needed to look at his own father's marital history to be reminded of what happens when you deny yourself from being with the right person.)Happily, Kate's plan worked.Even for blue-blooded royals, the path to true love doesn't always run smoothly.