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Never-Before-Seen Photo of Kate Middleton from Her College Days Revealed Ahead of Her 40th Birthday

Never-Before-Seen Photo of Kate Middleton from Her College Days Revealed Ahead of Her 40th Birthday

之前 凯特·米德尔顿 was one of the most photographed people in the world as the Duchess of Cambridge, she was ashy” 大学生.

太阳‘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 威廉王子 to spend a weekend at Sandringham. 在照片里, 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.

Middleton Family/Clarence House via Getty

Middleton Family/Clarence House via Getty
Kate Middleton and Prince William in 2005
| 信用: Middleton Family/Clarence House via Getty

凯特和威廉王子, 39, met as college freshmen at St. Andrews University in Scotland in 2001. At their 2005 毕业, 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 订婚, Edwards was first introduced to Kate — and the photographer boldly asked Prince William about the split.

Prince William reportedly told him, “好, 亚瑟, I had to be sure this was the right woman for me because I want this marriage to last forever.

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威廉王子; Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

威廉王子; Catherine Duchess of Cambridge
威廉王子和凯特米德尔顿
| 信用: Alex Bramall/Kensington Palace

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 “芊芊,” 一种 royal insider told PEOPLE ahead of Kate’s 40th birthday. “她真的进入了她自己。”

Kate is preparing more than ever for her role as future queen consort alongside William, 承担更多的王室职责 伊丽莎白女王 has canceled engagements due to recent health issues as well as 哈里王子梅根马克尔决定退出高级工作皇室成员.

她是 “随着时间的推移越来越令人印象深刻,” a source close to the royal household tells PEOPLE. “她是一位专注而职业的女性。”