A Royal Romance : How their love affair unfolded from the moment he first set eyes on her
Like a girl with a wonderful secret, Kate looked radiantly happy.
It must have been a coincidence, but it now seems highly significant. The very first time Kate Middleton was linked with Prince William she was sashaying down a catwalk in a see-through dress. Amazingly, 20 years earlier, Lady Diana Spencer met the media for the first time wearing an eye-popping see-through skirt. The 19-year-old Diana appeared a little more demure than daring Kate in her sheer, lace mini, but the effect was the same – the world sat up and took notice. Yet while Diana married her prince on 29 July 1981, just one year after their first date, Kate and William had known each other for more than nine years before they announced their engagement. It is the longest courtship in recent royal history.