전에 케이트 미들턴 was one of the most photographed people in the world as the Duchess of Cambridge, she was a “shy” college student.
태양‘s royal photographer Arthur Edwards recently rediscovered the first photo he ever took of Kate, who will celebrate her 40th birthday on Sunday, and he admits, “I didn’t know who on Earth she was.”
Kate was pictured in 2005 with a group of friends who had been invited by 윌리엄 왕자 to spend a weekend at Sandringham. 사진에서, she’s dressed casually in jeans, a green jacket and a scarf, with her hair tied back into a low ponytail.
“Back then you would never have credited that the young woman who walked through those gates would turn out to be our future queen,” Edwards said.
케이트와 윌리엄 왕자, 39, met as college freshmen at St. Andrews University in Scotland in 2001. At their 2005 눈금, the couple posed for a photo together in matching button-down white shirts.
Edwards recalled that after Kate and Prince William separated in 2007, it was his wife Ann who spotted Kate at a Wembley Stadium concert honoring Princess Diana. “I remember Ann saying to me: ‘Looks like it’s on again.’ “
Ahead of their 2010 약혼, Edwards was first introduced to Kate — and the photographer boldly asked Prince William about the split.
Prince William reportedly told him, “잘, Arthur, I had to be sure this was the right woman for me because I want this marriage to last forever.”
The couple married in 2011 and the now parents of three celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary this past April, throughout which Edwards has seen Kate find her footing as a future queen consort.
“As the years go by she is changing, overcoming her natural shyness and becoming more confident,” Edwards said. “She is intelligent, pays great attention to detail and never gets it wrong.”
The Duchess of Cambridge is “번성,” NS royal insider told PEOPLE ahead of Kate’s 40th birthday. “그녀는 정말로 그녀 자신에게 왔습니다.”
Kate is preparing more than ever for her role as future queen consort alongside William, 더 많은 왕의 의무를 수행 엘리자베스 여왕 has canceled engagements due to recent health issues as well as 해리 왕자 그리고 메건 마클고위 워킹로열스 퇴진 결정.
그녀는 “시간이 지날수록 더 인상적,” a source close to the royal household tells PEOPLE. “그녀는 집중적이고 전문적인 여성입니다.”