Prince William and Kate Middleton will celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary on Friday. Catherine Middleton became Princess Kate when she walked down the aisle with her dad Michael to Prince William and embraced a new life — the life of a royal. Since her wedding to the Duke of Cambridge, which was watched all over the world, she has constantly been in the public eye, carrying out various engagements.

The 33-year-old royal and his 34-year-old wife’s lives have changed ever since they tied the knot in front of around 2,000 guests. After almost five years of marriage, they have been blessed with two children, Prince George, 2, and Princess Charlotte, 11 months. They manage family life  with a busy schedule of royal duties.

William and Kate just returned from an official visit to India and Bhutan as emissaries of the British government. They have carried out tours abroad at the request of Queen Elizabeth II. Kate has now become a fashion icon, with fans all over the world keeping a watch on what she wears, giving rise to the ‘Kate effect’.

With each step Kate takes, royal watchers have noticed how the Duchess has grown in confidence, not to mention upped the style stakes with every outing.

As a family-of-four, William and Kate want their kids to have a normal childhood as much as possible. George is now attending nursery school at Westacre Montessori. The hands-on parents did not tell the media about the tot’s first day at school until it was over. They are like any parents who want a private and safe childhood as other youngsters their age.

The Cambridges’ recently enjoyed their first holiday as a family-of-four in the Swiss Alps. It was the first time George and Charlotte had experienced a real taste of snow and to mark the family occasion, William and Kate only invited one press photographer on the holiday. The senior royals always share important events of their lives with fans.

Though George and Charlotte’s christening were private occasions, William and Kate greeted well-wishers gathered outside the church to catch a glimpse of them. Besides, the couple now live close to the former’s workplace at their countryside home of Anmer Hall. They prefer the privacy for their kids and the comfort of their home.

Over the years, Kate has flowered into a confident royal from the reserved girl she was earlier. The Berkshire-born royal now carries out her engagements with complete confidence. She received the patronage of the RAF Air Cadets from Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh in October.

Kate is also set to become patron of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, a patronage from the queen. Though she is following in the footsteps of other royals, but she has chosen to shine the light on causes like children’s mental health. Meanwhile, William, after his wedding worked as an RAF search and rescue pilot based on the Welsh island of Anglesey.

The Duke of Cambridge then took on more royal duties the next year. After the birth of Charlotte, he started his new job as a search and rescue pilot for the East Anglia Air Ambulance charity.