Kate Middleton kicked off her first official year as a royal with a Summer tour to North America. She showed off her casual and glamorous sides at events in Alberta, Calgary, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles, among others. Upon Kate's return to London, the royal wedding exhibit at Buckingham Palace was unveiled. Kate and Prince William's wedding fun continued with William's cousin Zara's nuptials to Mike Tindall.
After a busy first six months of marriage, Kate spent time close to home in Wales while William was stationed with the Royal Air Force. They celebrated their first holiday season as a married couple before Kate turned her focus to philanthropy, accepting honorary positions with a handful of charities.
Kate's 30th birthday in January was followed by a glamorous trip to the island of Mustique with the Middletons in February. Then, William commenced his six-week deployment to the Falkland Islands. While William was overseas, Kate stepped out solo for philanthropic engagements and made her first public speech. She and William also added to their family with the addition of their Cocker Spaniel, Lupo. The royal couple next tended to their official duties as they marked the queen's Diamond Jubilee with multiple events throughout the UK.