Kate Middleton was catapulted into the world's spotlight with the November announcement of her engagement to Prince William. The longtime couple began making official appearances together shortly after, stepping out in Wales, visiting St. Andrews University, and touring Northern Ireland. Once the wedding date was set, speculation about the details of grand nuptials was intense. On April 29, the stunning bride had the attention of billions when she arrived at Westminster Abbey in a gorgeous Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown, and later when she kissed her new husband on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. The royal couple had to wait a few weeks before heading off on their honeymoon in the Seychelles. The newlyweds got to work upon returning home, helping welcome the Obamas to the UK and making a fabulous entrance at the Epsom Derby and other official royal events. It was quite a year for the prince and princess, who will make a highly anticipated trip to North America in late June.
57. Kate Middleton
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